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October 2, 2019      6:18 PM

Gov. Abbott threatens state intervention in Austin homeless situation

Mayor Adler said he viewed Abbott’s comments as a sign of support from the state

Mayor Steve Adler said he viewed today’s letter from Gov. Greg Abbott – a threat of state intervention into Austin’s growing homeless encampments – as a measure of support. Abbott’s letter threatened the intervention of state agencies to protect Austin against threats to its public health and safety if significant changes did not occur by Nov. 1.

“The problems caused by Austin homelessness policies are, first and foremost, under your authority,” wrote Abbott, closing his letter. “Austin has had several opportunities to solve the problem, to no avail. Texans cannot be expected to wait further to ensure their health and safety needs are met.”

By Kimberly Reeves

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