Who We Are

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.

Our History

We Keep Fighting

Homes Not Handcuffs has been in this fight since 2018, releasing reports and lobbying to have the Prop B ordinances repealed.

  • March, 2018

    The Grassroots Leadership Report

    Grassroots Leadership releases its Homes Not Handcuffs: How Austin Criminalizes Homelessness report

  • July, 2019

    Save Austin Now (SAN) Reacts

    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.

  • February, 2021

    Lobbied City Council for PSH

    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.

  • June, 2019

    Austin City Council Acts

    Under pressure from the community, the Austin City Council substantially repeals the three ordinances.

  • November, 2020

    Failed SAN Petition

    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.

  • March, 2021

    SAN gets its Prop, and we launch our events

    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.

    Volunteer for these events!

Our Team

Organizations Endorsing Against Prop B

Several progressive and criminal justice organizations, as well as elected officials and candidates for office, agree that criminalization is not the answer.

Grassroots Leadership

Grassroots Leadership works with communities across this nation to abolish for-profit private prisons, jails, and detention centers.

Working Families Party

WFP is building a political home for all of us who see bigotry, bailouts, and business as usual in our political system and ask, "Is that the best we can do?"

Travis County Democrats

Travis County Democratic Party

Turn Texas Blue! The Travis County Democratic Party is working around the clock to get out the vote in and around Austin Texas. Join us today.

Circle C Democrats

Circle C Democrats

Circle C Area Democrats is an official Democratic club and state-registered political action committee begun and run by your southwest Austin neighbors.

Grassroots Law Project

We combine the best of grassroots organizing with legal expertise to radically transform policing and justice in America—and we want you on our team.

Texas Appleseed

Texas Appleseed promotes social and economic justice for all Texans by leveraging the skills and resources of volunteer lawyers and other professionals to identify practical solutions to difficult, systemic problems.

Sunrise ATX

Sunrise Movement hub based in Austin. We are building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

Austin Justice Coalition

The Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, over policing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin.

ATX DSA

Austin DSA

The Austin chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, organizing to win sustainable working class power.

UT YDSA

UT YDSA

The UT Austin chapter of the Youth Democratic Socialists of America, organizing to win sustainable working class power.

Bend the Arc: Austin

Bend the Arc: Austin

Bend the Arc is where progressive American Jews join together to fight for justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on progressive social change in the United States.

AURA

AURA

We want an Austin where everyone is welcome, abundant homes, no parking subsidies, a connected street grid, more & better public transport, & an open economy.

Texas Freedom Network

Texas Freedom Network

We want an Austin where everyone is welcome, abundant homes, no parking subsidies, a connected street grid, more & better public transport, & an open economy.

Meet the Supporters

Austinites from all over the city agree that Prop B is a bad non-solution to our homelessness problem.

Meet the Volunteers

Meet the committed volunteers helping to lead the fight against Prop B.

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