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New law bans Texas homeless encampments

Ban on Texas homeless encampments
Posted at 12:52 PM, Sep 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-06 13:57:09-04

AUSTIN, Texas — There's now a ban on homeless encampments.

According to Texas law, it's illegal to set up shelter or store belongings for an extended period of time.

Many believe the legislation is a response to Austin decriminalizing homeless camping in 2019.

The law also limits cities from using parks for temporary camps.

If you're caught breaking the law, it's a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.