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Austin still struggling to find places for people experiencing homelessness as it begins enforcing public camping ban

After weeks of educating people about the ban that voters approved in May, police are allowed to start arresting violators this week as the city tries to find more housing.

Christina Jezzizki hugs her friend Elizabeth while sitting outside her tent in front of Austin City Hall on June 21, 2021.
Derek Lorentzson, 48, sits in front of his tent underneath Ben White Blvd. in Austin on July 27, 2021. He has been unhoused …
A “Notice of Cleanup and Property Removal” sign hangs on a pillar next to a tent underneath Ben White Blvd. in Austin on Jul…
Members of the Austin Police Department clear homeless encampments around City Hall on June 14, 2021.

First encampments cleared

Inside of Adam Cartwright's, a person experiencing homelessness in Downtown Austin, tent on June 16, 2021.
Christina Jezzizki, 58, starts preemptively moving her belongings to avoid being arrested for camping in front of Austin Cit…
Anthony Graham, 55, known as “Tigger” and has been unhoused for twelve years, packs up belongings from his cart at an encamp…

Fear of criminalization

Luke White stands in line at Sunrise Community Church’s Homeless Navigation Center in South Austin on July 2, 2021.
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