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    Is Austin trying to copy California?

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    In my hometown, the phrase “Keep Austin Weird,” popularized on T-shirts and bumper stickers, symbolizes the funky, and historically offbeat, culture of the people and businesses of Texas’ capital city. But over the past several months, an ordinance approved by the Austin City Council and defended by Mayor Steve Adler has produced “tent cities” for the homeless and a surge in violent crime.
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    Austin...……….. they should just invade the student dorms...……..

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    What it comes down to is that this country (and specifically the California area) needs to do more to end homelessness. Stop making homelessness itself a crime and help them. Help them find jobs and get into a place to live. Some of them might have a record and a realtor doesn't want to deal with them. Help them or keep them in jail because what's the point? We need easy access to drug rehabilitation. We need to stop letting schizophrenics and others with severe mental illness live on the streets out of some so called idea of letting them have independence. That's not independence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanie View Post
    What it comes down to is that this country (and specifically the California area) needs to do more to end homelessness. Stop making homelessness itself a crime and help them. Help them find jobs and get into a place to live. Some of them might have a record and a realtor doesn't want to deal with them. Help them or keep them in jail because what's the point? We need easy access to drug rehabilitation. We need to stop letting schizophrenics and others with severe mental illness live on the streets out of some so called idea of letting them have independence. That's not independence.
    In practice I see a conflict here.

    On the surface it looks like you want to screen the homeless for "severe mental illness," but otherwise they're entitled to live on the street if they want to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanie View Post
    What it comes down to is that this country (and specifically the California area) needs to do more to end homelessness. Stop making homelessness itself a crime and help them. Help them find jobs and get into a place to live.
    Panhandling is the name of the job they've chosen.

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