Austin (KXAN) – There is still a division about what should happen to the homeless in Austin next.
This comes after the ban on public camping was lifted by voters in Saturday’s election.
There are still many questions and many are eager to resolve them.
Pressure to vote “yes” on proposal B – to return the restrictions on camping – has been successful, but now some are worried about what will happen next.
Rupal Chaudari is the owner and CFO of Homewood and Hampton Inn Suites in Northwest Austin. She is on the edge, as city officials have already made plans for Candlewood Suites, which is right next to her hotels. Austin̵
“I’m not sure what the right plan is,” Chaudhari said. “I don’t think the city is able to cope with that completely. So they think they’ll buy Candlewood, accommodate people, and the problem will just go away? No.”
Those camping near the city center, UT Austin or other public places that are not designated as a city site may legally face problems now.
Ben Naheim, an advocate for the homeless on the Texas Homeless Network, wants voters to disapprove of Proposal B. But he just wants to get people off the streets.
“I think the key here is urgency … I would encourage people to continue not only to stay on the council, but the key here is the district court commissioners and to make sure that they not only redirect money to mental health but also to housing. as well, ‘said Nahaima.
Chaudhari wants another option that does not include homes near the front doors or homes of her business. So she sued – against the city – to stop the purchase of Candlewood Suites.
“What’s the plan?” Chaudhary asked. “They [the city] are accountable to the taxpayers … to the community. “
The ban on camping comes into force only on May 11. The city has not yet discussed how it plans to impose new restrictions.