Texas Shows California How It’s Done When It Comes To The Homeless

November 5, 2019
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California has a homeless problem that surpasses reason. They don’t seem to be effectively handling the issue in California, so much so that they are plagued by rats and human excrement is a common sight on the streets. But Texas, on the other hand, knows how to handle their homeless population, they are promptly addressing the problem before it gets out of hand.

State agencies are moving in to clean up Austin, Texas after the capital city became a magnet for homeless vagrants, due to laws allowing people to camp out on the streets.

The project started on Monday morning as cleaning crews used leaf blowers and street sweepers to clear debris while they were guarded by state police.

Fox News sent a camera crew and reporter Aishah Hasine into Austin to investigate and ask questions to people on the ground.

“We saw… crews out and about escorted by state police cleaning up the trash out here, using leaf blowers and a street sweeper,” Hasine told the hosts of “Fox & Friends.” “The second part we believe will be to pack up the folks living here as the state steps in and frustration mounts, over how the city is handling this crisis.”

The cleanup efforts will be led by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) based on instructions from Gov. Abbott.”

TxDOT told KXAN last week that the governor has instructed them to continue these cleanups on a weekly basis “until further notice.” Gov. Abbott’s office added that these cleanups could happen more frequently than once a week if need be.

TxDOT says it is not asking people to move permanently, but they must move while the underpasses are cleaned.

TxDOT says they plan to hold onto personal items collected during these cleanups for 30 days. That would include things like cell phones, backpacks and tents, but would not include things like mattresses, which would be thrown away for health reasons.

TxDOT posted fliers beneath overpasses, directing people who live under them to go to Austin’s Resource Center for the Homeless, Integral Care, and the Salvation Army. As KXAN reported, all of the open shelters that belong to these three organizations are full. As of Sunday afternoon, it remains unclear where people displaced by the cleanup efforts will be asked to go.

“This is Gov. Abbott following through on his promise to deal with this issue. He gave the City of Austin more than a month to clean up their act and unfortunately they’ve dragged their feet,” said John Wittman, a spokesperson for the governor.

Gov. Abbott told city leaders in early October that if they did not, “demonstrate consequential improvement in the Austin homelessness crisis” by Nov. 1, that he would direct state agencies to take action.”

See now if only California’s Governor Newsom could learn from this, as he has been doing next to nothing allowing the homeless problem to get out of control.

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