Mayor Adler responds to Gov. Abbott’s Nov. deadline for a homeless crisis solution

By | October 9, 2019


IF AUSTIN DOES NOT FIX ITS HOMELESS CRISIS BY NOVEMBER 1ST, I WILL UNLEASH THE FULL AUTHORITY OF EVERY STATE AGENCY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL TEXANS.” 2-SYDNEY:GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT GAVE AUSTIN’S MAYOR AND COUNCIL THAT ULTIMATUM THIS MORNING – AND MAYOR STEVE ADLER RESPONDED JUST MINUTES AGO… 2-ROBERT:TO THE GOVERNOR: COME ON IN! WE NEED THE HELP. KXAN’S POLITICAL REPORTER PHIL PRAZAN IS LIVE AT CITY HALL WITH THE RESPONSE. PHIL:MAYOR STEVE ADLER JUST SPOKE TO A FULL PRESS ROOM HERE AT CITY HALL. HE – IN FACT – WELCOMED THE STATE’S HELP.ADLER SAYS HE HOPES TO MAKE A MAJOR DENT IN THE EFFORT TO GET MORE PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS IN THE THE GOVERNOR SENT A LETTER TO ADLER TODAY… WRITING THE CITY POLICY OF LETTING HOMELESS PEOPLE SIT AND CAMP IN PUBLIC CREATES A HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERN.MAYOR ADLER AGREED TODAY… ASKING FOR THE HELP FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES AND THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION.COMMUNICABLE DISEASES ARE VERY COMMON IN THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY.ADLER WENT ON TO SAY THAT MORE THAN 200 BEDS ARE NOW OPERATIONAL AT THE NEW SALVATION ARMY CENTER… FREEING UP 80 BEDS IN THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION. HE HOPES WITH HELP FROM THE STATE, THEY CAN KEEP FINDING FIXES. MAYOR STEVE ADLER: THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT READ THIS LETTER AS A THREAT. I WANT YOU TO KNOW I UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF HTIS LETTER BUT I CHOOSE TO READ THIS LETTER AS AN OFFER OF AN ASSISTANCE. AND THIS IS NOT A CITY CHALLENGE IT IS A STATEWIDE CHALLENGE.PHIL:HERE ARE SOME REAL WORLD SPECIFICS THAT COULD COME FROM THIS IF GOVERNOR ABBOTT ACTIVATES THE STATE AGENCIES:THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COULD MOVE PEOPLE AND PROPERTY FROM UNDERNEATH STATE HIGHWAYS… LIKE 290 AND 183. THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES COULD QUARANTINE CERTAIN AREAS IN THE NAME OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH… WE COULD SEE THIS AT PLACES LIKE SURROUNDING THE DOWNTOWN ARCH.ALSO, TROOPERS FOR THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COULD ARREST PEOPLE FOR TRESPASSING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY OR FOR VIOLATING HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS. NONE OF THAT HAS HAPPENED YET. AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL IS SLATED TO RE-VISIT DIFFERENT PROPOSALS TO THE CURRENT SIT/LIE/CAMP ORDINANCES NEXT WEEK, AND VOTE ON ANY CHANGES OCTOBER 17. LIVE AT CITY HALL.PHIL PRAZAN.

2 thoughts on “Mayor Adler responds to Gov. Abbott’s Nov. deadline for a homeless crisis solution

  1. robert bearto Post author

    By helping he means giving this people affordable housing and mental health? I believe he cares more about Apple or Amazon corporation then human beings

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  2. Austin Underground Post author

    Cleaning the surface does nothing to address the tons of garbage polluting Austin's watershed.
    It's going to take a bulldozer to remove the trash on the banks of Little Walnut Creek.

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