Austin homeless camps will be evicted from underpasses

Austin homeless
A police officer speaks to Austin homeless people gathered on sidewalk in front of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, or ARCH, in downtown Austin in August.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

The Texas Department of Transportation will begin removing Ausin homeless camps under state overpasses before cleaning the locations next week, according to KXAN.

The news comes three days before the Friday deadline Austin leaders had to show “consequential improvement” in dealing with homeless people camping in or near highly visible places before risking state intervention.

KXAN reported that TxDOT will begin posting notices today before cleaning the Austin homeless encampments on Monday. Those displaced will be directed to Austin homeless shelters.

An image of the flyer posted by Phil Prazan of KXAN says all personal property must be removed by Monday or it will be considered abandoned. The flyer directs people experiencing homelessness to call Integral Care Path Team, The Salvation Army, or the ARCH for help with services.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has cautioned against clearing encampments unless state leaders have “a housing exit” plan for people affected.

The eviction notices are just the latest escalation in the war between Gov. Greg Abbott and the Austin homeless population.

For months, Gov. Abbott has been vocal in his opposition to the City of Austin’s leadership.

Abbot has repeatedly criticized the city’s recently implemented homelessness policies.

The criticism has led to a public spat between Abbott and municipal decision-makers in the state’s capital city.

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.

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