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Reader poll results: Majority would vote for ban on homeless camps

A petition reinstating a ban on homeless camps in public spaces has received 24,000 signatures, according to the group that circulated it, which could land the issue on the November ballot if all the signatures are verified by the city. We asked you, "Would you vote to ban homeless camping in public spaces?" A majority voted "yes."


Of the 271 who voted in the poll, 79% voted for the ban. Some commented homeless camps make Austin dangerous, are a health hazard and are unattractive.

"In the past year, I've seen Austin become a filthy, unsanitary, dangerous place, specifically South Austin. As a native South Austinite, I want to see our streets clean and safe. The homeless should be in shelters and not on the streets. A hands off approach is not working. Change is needed to save our city."

In the opposition, 17% voted no to the ban. Some commented that Austin has insufficient affordable housing, poor public health facilities and poor mental health and addiction programs.

"Until the proponents of the ban, and leaders and residents of Austin, are willing to pay to provide housing and other services to all homeless people, these people should be allowed to camp wherever they can safely do so."

Only 2% voted that they were unsure, saying that the homeless should be provided with more resources.

"The homeless need to have a place provided for them that is not on sidewalks or public rights of way."

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