Gov­er­nor of Texas to open home­less camp in Austin

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nor said Thurs­day that he is cre­at­ing a home­less camp­site on 5 acres of state land of the out­skirts of down­town in the cap­i­tal of Austin, es­ca­lat­ing a bat­tle with the city’s lib­eral lead­ers over peo­ple liv­ing on the streets.

Greg Ab­bott’s an­nounce­ment was met with a mix of muted wel­com­ing and ac­cu­sa­tions of po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing from Democrats who run the state cap­i­tal around the Texas Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion, where Ab­bott has spent months lash­ing out at the city’s home­less­ness prob­lem on Twit­ter.

Ab­bott spokesman John Wittman said the camp­site will have por­ta­ble re­strooms and hand­wash­ing sta­tions. He said it will also pro­vide ac­cess to home­less case work­ers and health care providers un­til per­ma­nent shel­ter­ing opens.

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