Homes Not Handcuffs is a coalition of hundreds of progressive Austin activists that struggle for a housing-first approach to addressing homelessness. Criminalization is not the answer, and we are not alone in that belief. More than a dozen other local organizations, elected officials, and candidates for political offices have also endorsed against Prop B.
We worked hard in 2019 to decriminalize behaviours that are unavoidable for the homeless. We're hard at work now ensuring that city council continues its housing-first approach. And we are here to ensure that our progressive movement is not derailed by bad-faith detractors like Save Austin Now. Homelessness is not addressed with tickets and arrests, but with housing and a helping hand. We aim to see to it that Austin makes the right choice in May and votes NO on Prop B.
Grassroots Leadership releases its Homes Not Handcuffs: How Austin Criminalizes Homelessness report
Save Austin Now, a project co-founded by Matt Mackowiak (chair of the Travis county GOP) is formed, with an explicit goal of re-instituting the ordinances.
Homes not Handcuffs organized dozens of calls into City Council meetings to approve the purchase of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) in districts six and seven.
Under pressure from the community, the Austin City Council substantially repeals the three ordinances.
Save Austin Now failed to acquire sufficient legitimate signatures to place Prop B on the ballot in November, thanks to technical mistakes on SAN's end and the efforts of activists in mounting a campaign to identify folks that were duped into signing.
SAN succeeded in getting enough signatures to put Prop B on the ballot. And so now, from here until May, Homes Not Handcuffs will be talking to, texting, and dialing hundreds of thousands of Austinites to make sure they commit to voting NO on Prop B.
Several progressive and criminal justice organizations, as well as elected officials and candidates for office, agree that criminalization is not the answer.
Meet the committed volunteers helping to lead the fight against Prop B.