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After Prop B's passage, Austin officials are considering a plan to establish temporary sanctioned homeless camps. (Laura Figi)

City staff have reviewed more than 70 city-owned properties that could serve as temporary sanctioned homeless camps and will present potential site options in each council district to Austin City Council on Tuesday, according to a memo issued late Friday. They estimate that each camp will cost between $1.4 and $1.9 million to operate on an annual basis and have a capacity of 50 to 100 people.

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Tents have been pitched outside of City Hall in protest of the passage of Prop B, which bans sitting, lying, camping and panhandling in certain areas, including downtown. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Austin's camping ban is back. After being lifted by City Council in 2019, the ban takes effect again today, after nearly 58% of city residents voted to reinstate it in the May 1 election.

The city of Austin announced a multi-phase plan to implement and enforce ordinances related to Proposition B, which will reinstate bans on camping as well as sitting, lying and panhandling in certain areas downtown, in West Campus and in near East Austin. Arrests will not occur until at least July 10 and will only be used as a last resort, Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said during a press conference Tuesday.

Save Austin Now, the local political action committee that spearheaded Prop B, has called on the city to enforce the camping ban and related ordinances immediately. "Disrespecting the will of the voters in this way is a 'slap in the face' of the nearly 91,000 Austinites who demand their city become safe and clean again for everyone," co-founders Matt Mackowiak and Cleo Petricek said in a statement Tuesday.

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A series of ordinances banning sitting, lying, camping and panhandling in certain areas downtown, in West Campus and in near East Austin will take effect Tuesday. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

The city of Austin announced a multi-phase plan to implement and enforce ordinances related to Proposition B starting Tuesday, when they take effect. Arrests will not occur until at least July 10.

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Starting Tuesday, the city of Austin will begin enforcing bans on camping, sitting, lying and panhandling in certain areas, including downtown. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

After Austin voters decisively passed Proposition B, City Council is revisiting the idea of sanctioned encampments: places where homeless residents can camp free from the threat of citation, fines or arrest—and where those will go in the city.

Prop B, which will reinstate city bans on sitting, lying, camping and panhandling in certain areas of central Austin starting Tuesday, passed with nearly 58% of the vote in the May 1 election. Council then voted unanimously on Thursday to direct the city manager to develop a plan and budget for temporary sanctioned encampments, including 10 possible sites, one in each council district, by next week.

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