Prop B would re-instate, and expand, three ordinances that were effectively repealed in 2019. These ordinances cover activities that are unavoidable for the homeless and institute Class C misdemeanors with 500-dollar fines that make escaping homelessness even harder. Prop B would not fund or generate any new housing or services for unhoused people.
Austinites stand up for each other, especially in the toughest of times. People are losing their jobs, they cannot pay rent, and small businesses are closing every day. And yet even as it feels like we live in an unrecognizable world, we’ve also shown the best of ourselves. People are donating food and money to food banks, wearing masks in public to prevent others from contracting COVID-19, opening up motel rooms to house those who do not have a home, and contributing to disaster relief funds.
And yet amidst all of this, a small group of people want to push our most vulnerable further into the shadows. They want to give police the green light to put those experiencing homelessness in jail, away from the services they need and resuming the cycle of poverty and incarceration.
We know the real solution to homelessness is homes, not handcuffs. We believe in an Austin that works for everyone.
The fight to protect our most vulnerable:
Why criminalizing homelessness is cruel and ineffective:
How places have helped the homeless: