Austin will list areas where homeless camping is banned, not designate where it’s allowed
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Austin will list areas where homeless camping is banned, not designate where it’s allowed


INFORMATION.ROBERT:ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTIN. THE CITY STAFF SAYS DESIGNATING SPOTS WHERE PEOPLE CAN CAMP OR SLEEP IN THEIR CARS IS NOT THE ANSWER. SYDNEY:THAT WAS AN OPTION THE CITY COUNCIL WANTED TO EXPLORE.INSTEAD… THE CITY MANAGER SAYS AUSTIN SHOULD FOCUS ON CREATING PERMANENT HOUSING.KXAN’S YOOJIN CHO EXPLAINS HOW THIS “HOUSING FIRST” SOLUTION WORKS… ELLEN RICHARDS WITH INTEGRAL CARE SAYS WHAT “HOUSING FIRST” DOES IS REMOVE OBSTACLES.ELLEN RICHARDS, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER FOR INTEGRAL CARE: “CRIMINAL HISTORIES, ACTIVE MENTAL ILLNESS, SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER.”SO BY OFFERING A “LOW-BARRIER” ELLEN RICHARDS: “WE MOVE PEOPLE STRAIGHT FROM THE STREETS INTO HOUSING, AND WE USE REHABILITATION SUPPORTS TO HELP THEM RECOVER FROM THE CONDITIONS SUCH AS MENTAL ILLNESS.”RICHARDS SAYS THIS ALSO SAVES TAXPAYERS MONEY… BECAUSE HAVING ON-SITE CARE MEANS LESS RELIANCE ON EMERGENCY ROOMS. ELLEN RICHARDS:”THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS, BY HOUSING ONE PERSON WHO’S EXPERIENCING LONG TERM CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS, SAVES A COMMUNTIY $20,000 PER YEAR PER PERSON HOUSED.”RICHARDS TELLS US INTEGRAL CARE IS RIGHT NOW HELPING ABOUT 500 PEOPLE THROUGH THIS MODEL.SOON, THEY’LL BE ABLE TO HELP 50 MORE PEOPLE. YOOJIN CHO: “INTEGRAL CARE IS GETTING READY TO OPEN TERRACE AT OAK SPRINGS THIS FALL. THIS IS A 50-UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING WITH AN ON-SITE HEALTH CLINIC.” AND MAYOR STEVE ADLER TELLS US HE AGREES — MAYOR STEVE ADLER: “A MUCH BETTER IDEA IS TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE A HOME.”HE HAD ORIGINALLY ASKED THE CITY MANAGER TO FIND AT LEAST TEN LOCATIONS WHERE HOMELESS PEOPLE CAN CAMP. BUT AFTER SEEING WHAT OTHER CITIES LIKE SEATTLE HAVE EXPERIENCED, HE SAID THE FOCUS FOR AUSTIN SHOULD BE ON CREATING PERMANENT HOUSING. MAYOR STEVE ADLER: “AND AS WE PROVIDE MORE HOUSING, WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND LIST MORE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CANNOT CAMP.”YOOJIN CHO KXAN NEWS. SYDNEY:THE CITY MANAGER SAID HE’S STILL MEETING WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO SEE WHERE CAMPING SHOULD DEFINITELY BE BANNED. AREAS WITH HIGH PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC AND AREAS THAT ARE LIKELY TO FLOOD ARE BEING CONSIDERED.AND IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT AUSTIN’S APPROACH TO HOMELESSNESS — THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE IS HOSTING A TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY MORNING.WE HAVE DETAILS ON HOW TO RSVP ON OUR WEBSITE KXAN DOT COM. ROBERT:THIS IS A BIG FOCUS FOR DOWNTOWN AUSTIN BECAUSE IT’S WHERE HOMELESS ARE MOST CONCENTRATED.TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MAP..ON A NIGHT IN JANUARY 2017 – 650 PEOPLE WOKE UP HOMELESS IN THIS HIGHLIGHTED AREA NEAR DOWNTOWN AUSTIN SERVICES.472 STAYED IN SHELTERS AND 178 STAYED ON THE STREETS.THAT ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN 30-PERCENT OF ALL THE HOMELESS PEOPLE COUNTED IN

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