Governor of Texas to open homeless camp in Austin
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.