According to recent survey response, the Austin, Texas homeless situation is getting out of hand. Since the passage of the Camping ban in June of 2019, Austin citizens have seen their city falling into an unrecognizable pile of trash piled on top of trash surrounded by tent communities under ever single underpass downtown. Gone is the Don’t Mess With Texas slogan, and now more and more Austin citizens are coming to the sad realization of what it has been replaced with.
Some sample responses from Twitter
“It’s a shame to see our trail littered with trash like it is today as a result of the @austintexasgov camping policy.
TTF Austin has invested money and time to enhance our experience only to have it trashed and less safe is wrong. Where is our civic pride?!”
“The people moving to town in droves must not believe in due diligence. Or they are affluent enough to isolate.”
“I sympathize with the loss of a once great city. Unfortunately not enough Austin voters are angry/threatened enough to do anything about this horrible state of affairs.”
“We were there on Wednesday night at Stubb’s to see @joerogan and @DaveChappelle and were shocked at a full-on Seattle style tent city..sirens most of the show, and how apocalyptic it looked. Lived down there until ‘14 and so glad we exited DT. Made us very sad. #recallAdler”
Most forgotten in all the wreckage of Austin are the homeless. While more money is being raised and endless non profits are showing up, less and less money is actually going to the ones who need it. One thing is very clear, homelessness in Austin has grown enormously since the 2019 camping ban. How long until the streets of Austin cannot be distinguished from the streets of Los Angeles or are we already there?