City of Austin statement:
Following voter approval of Proposition B, the new ordinance will take effect on May 11, 2021. In the meantime, staff will be evaluating options for how to best implement the new ordinance. We will start with education and outreach and will focus first on individuals living in situations that present higher health and safety risks. Outreach will be ongoing as we continue to assess encampment sites and coordinate with our service providers.
The City remains committed to advancing solutions to address the complex challenge of homelessness in our community. Almost 1,900 people experiencing homelessness in Austin were moved into housing last year – an 8% increase over 2019 – and the City of Austin continues to make strategic investments to expand the housing resources available to Austinites experiencing homelessness.