Texas governor opens homeless campsite amid feud with Austin
By PAUL J. WEBER and CLARICE SILBER
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas' Republican governor is creating a homeless campsite on state land amid an escalating battle with liberal leaders in the state capital over people living on the streets.
National advocates for the homeless said Thursday they couldn't recall another state making such a move, which follows Gov. Greg Abbott's months-long feud with Austin on Twitter.
The encampment site covers 5 acres on the outskirts of downtown. Abbott's office says the homeless will have access to bathrooms and resources until new shelters open.
Austin has struggled with homelessness like other fast-growing U.S. cities as housing costs skyrocket. On Wednesday, Las Vegas made sleeping on downtown streets illegal over protests about a "war on the poor."
Homelessness became more visible in Austin this summer after the city allowed public camping.
Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Harlingen city commission discusses how to save money in recycling center operations
Mexican, Texas leaders discuss USMCA trade agreement now in effect
Medical volunteers at Matamoros migrant camp dealing with first COVID-19 case
Valley Made, Local Strong: Team Tiger Martial Arts
Valley health officials stress need of staff, space, responsibility among public