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More than eight months into the pandemic, area homeless shelters report fewer beds and volunteers due to social distancing protocols. But their clientele remains in need, so their staff have come up with new solutions, from using QR codes for donations to Thanksgiving sack meals.

With everyone being advised to limit interactions this Thanksgiving, Austonia takes a look at how Austin's shelters are coping with COVID.

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Save Austin Now co-founders Matt Mackowiak and Cleo Petricek filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin on Friday after their petition to reinstate a camping ban was ruled invalid.

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(Jordan Vonderhaar)

Pre-pandemic, homelessness was one of Austin's most pressing issues, and COVID has only exacerbated concerns.

Below Austonia digs into the city's homelessness policies—from hygiene infrastructure to the 2019 decision to overturn a ban on camping—and how it has affected the local population.

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Instead of mourning the brain tumor diagnosis he received in August, Dusty Monroe took it as a sign: he needed to do more for his community. The tumor wasn't cancerous, luckily. Still, Monroe stuck to his epiphany. But where to start?

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A person sleeps in the homeless encampment across from the Central Market on South Lamar Boulevard—which residents call the Breezeway.

It's been a year since Texas Gov. Greg Abbott intervened in Austin's homelessness crisis.

Prompted by the City Council's June 2019 decision to overturn a ban on public camping and reports of crime by homeless suspects, Abbott ordered sweeps of camps under state highways and established a state-run campsite in Southeast Austin.

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Behind a white picket fence, David, 58, has made a home for himself.

There is turf on the ground, a grill station with sesame oil, a large "Trump 2020" sign and multiple tents.

"I probably have it better than anyone here," he said of the state-run campsite, off of Hwy. 183 near Montopolis, where he has lived since January.

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This story was updated at 11:30 p.m. with the final election results.

With all votes tallied, Vanessa Fuentes won the race for the District 2 seat on Austin City Council, with 56.12% of votes.

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This story was updated at 11:30 p.m. with the final election results.

With all votes tallied, Austin Council Member Greg Casar has been reelected to his District 4 seat on Austin City Council, having received 66.85% of votes.

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