The Austin City Council will consider amendments to the public order ordinances at its October 17 meeting. We support recommendations that prohibit camping in areas determined to be dangerous and on sidewalks anywhere in the city. However, we believe that further restrictions are needed to address sitting and lying on sidewalks.
We sent a letter to Mayor Adler and City Council on Friday outlining our recommendations. While currently proposed amendments are a step in the right direction, we believe the proposed amendments will not sufficiently address the needs of the entire community. We will continue to engage in conversations with council members this week in advance of Thursday’s meeting. Stay tuned for updates after Tuesday’s council work session.
Learn more and weigh in before Thursday’s City Council meeting:
- Review proposed ordinance and resolutions (Agenda Items 29, 30, and 32).
- Send a message to Mayor Adler and City Council Members.
- Sign up in support of or opposition to the proposed amendments using the kiosks at City Hall. You may choose to speak or simply register your position.
We are dedicated to maintaining a safe, vibrant and welcoming downtown and are committed to helping solve homelessness in our community through advocacy and funding of projects including the Rathgeber Center, Community First Village, and The Terrace at Oak Springs. We are currently helping to raise funds to open the Rathgeber Center, a brand new 212-bed shelter for women and families experiencing homelessness.