Texas Gov. Abbott gives Austin deadline on homeless "crisis"

Says state agencies will act if improvements aren't made by November 1

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October 02, 2019 - 2:09 pm

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has given the City of Austin a deadline to deal with what he calls the "growing homelessness crisis" in the state's capital city.

Abbott, in a letter to Mayor Steve Adler, set a deadline of November 1 for "meaningful reforms" to be implemented. "As the Governor of Texas, I have the responsibility to protect the health and safety of all Texans, including Austin residents," Abbott wrote. "Further inaction by you and the Austin City Council will leave me no choice other than to use the tools available to the State of Texas to ensure that people are protected from health and safety concerns caused by the Austin homeless policies."

The letter, posted on the governor's office website, continued with several actions that various state agencies could take, including the state Health and Human Services Commission, the Department of State Health Services, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Department of Public Safety. Abbott ended the letter with an ultimatium to city officials. "Austin has had several opportunities to solve the problems, to no avail. Texans cannot be expected to wait further to ensure their health and safety needs are met. As a result, I will give you until November 1, 2019 to demonstrate consequential improvement in the Austin homelessness crisis and the danger it poses to the health and safety of the public. If meaningful reforms are not implemented by then, I will direct every applicable state agency to act to fulfill my responsibility to protect the health and safety of Texans in your jurisdiction."

 

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