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Camp Esperanza, the state-sanctioned homeless camp in Southeast Austin, opened in late 2019 and is home to approximately 150 people. (Jordan Vonderhaar)

After Austin voters passed Proposition B, reinstating a ban on public camping, City Council directed staff to look into possible sanctioned campsites where homeless residents could live legally. Now two members are asking to shelve discussion on the controversial topic.

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The city of Austin announced the possible sites amid efforts to relocate homeless residents from camps, such as the one above at Ben White Boulevard and Menchaca Road, to safe shelter. (City of Austin)

Whittling down from 70-plus possible options for sanctioned homeless camps, city of Austin staff recommended two sites for further review late Monday.

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Save Austin Now is spearheading a citizen-led petition effort to increase police staffing levels, along with other changes. But 25 local organizations have formed a coalition in opposition. (Christa McWhirter)

Save Austin Now, the local advocacy group that successfully won a reinstatement of the homeless camping ban in the May election, continues to make headlines.

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(Laura Figi/Austonia)

The city of Austin's phased implementation of Proposition B entered its third stage on Sunday, with police now able to issue citations and arrest individuals who refuse to vacate certain homeless camps. But city officials have yet to identify places where they can go.

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