Austin Votes to Reinstate Public Camping Ban: ‘Lawlessness Is Not Helping the Homeless’

Voters in Austin, Texas, adopted a proposition during Saturday’s elections to reinstate a ban on camping in certain public areas, a win for those seeking to address the city’s homeless who are living in tents along the streets.

The ballot measure, known as Proposition B, passed 57 percent to 43 percent, according to election results.

It includes a ban on “sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or sleeping outdoors in and near the Downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus,” certain types of solicitation, and “camping in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department.”

The group that petitioned to add the proposition to the ballot, Save Austin Now, celebrated its victory Saturday night. Cofounder Matt Mackowiak stated on social media, “Tonight’s decisive win for @saveaustinnow is a clear message to @MayorAdler and @GregCasar that a majority of Austinites will no longer tolerate failed policies that harm standard of living.”

Take it to the people - vote! Needs to happen in any community with a homeless problem