Audit: Austin ordinances don’t help the homeless and might not be legal


Austin policies that seek to keep the homeless from sleeping in public aren’t doing any good — either for the city or its homeless population, according to an audit released this week.

Such policies prevent people from pulling themselves out of homelessness by giving them criminal records, are not an efficient use of city resources and may put the city at legal risk, the audit said.

The audit is the first of a series of city reviews on how Austin handles homelessness amid a debate over where to find resources for the issue.

Read the full story on mystatesman.com to find out how many citations Austin has given to homeless people in recent years and why the ordinances may not withstand legal scrutiny.



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