Growing homeless camp near Onion Creek scheduled for removal


2-ROBERT:PEOPLE LIVING IN SOUTH AUSTIN ARE FRUSTRATED WITH A GROWING HOMELESS CAMP IN THE ONION CREEK GREENBELT. 2-SYDNEY:THEY SAY THE’VE CALLED THE CITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HARDLY ANYTHING HAS CHANGED.KXA’S ALEX CAPRARIELLO VISITED THE SITE. HE REPORTS ON A STRATEGY ADVOCATES ARE USING TO TRY TO GET THESE PEOPLE TO A SAFER LIVING SITUATION. MIKE DAVIS, LIVES ACROSS FROM HOMELESS CAMP: “‘VE CALLED THE SHERIFF, ‘M MONITORING WEBSITES TO SEE WHA’S LEGAL.” ‘M REALLY HOPING THEY GET IT CLEANED UP.” THAT WILL BE A RATHER LARGE MIKE DAVIS, LIVES ACROSS FROM “UNBELIEVABLE!” FOR MONTHS — MIKE DAVIS HAS SEEN THIS HOMELESS CAMP ON THE ONION CREEK GREENBELT MIKE DAVIS, LIVES ACROSS FROM HOMELESS CAMP: “THE GUY HAS HIS BED ON THE SECOND STORY THERE!” A SOLITARY CHAIN HANGS TO KEEP INTRUDERS OUT OF THIS CITY OWNED PROPERTY.DAVIS SAID I’S BEEN CUT BEFORE.MIKE DAVIS, LIVES ACROSS FROM HOMELESS CAMP: “THE’RE COMING BACK. THE’LL BE BACK HERE. THAT CHAIN WILL BE CUT AGAIN AND THERE WILL BE CARS COMING BACK HERE.” ALEX CAPRARIELLO: “THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS ‘VE SEEN DURING MY REPORTING. YOU CAN SEE TENTS, FURNITURE AND EVEN CHILDRE’S NEWEST ADDITION IS THAT GREEN GARBAGE DUMPSTER WHICH DAVIS SAID HAS ARRIVED JUST WITHIN THE PAST FEW DAYS.” GREG MCCORMACK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FRONT STEPS: “WE WANT TO HELP THEM GET OUT OF THOSE SITAUTIONS AND FIND SOLUTIONS, AND THA’S HOUSING.” GREG MCCORMACK WITH FRONT STEPS POINTED TO THE GUIDED PATH PILOT.CITY WORKERS AND HOMELESS ADVOCATES WORK INDIVIDUALLY WITH PEOPLE CAMPING TO SEE WHAT SOLUTIONS THEY CAN PROVIDE.THEY STARTED OUTSIDE THE ARCH AND THE NEXT STEP IS TO GO CAMPS LIKE THESE…GREG MCCORMACK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FRONT STEPS: “THE IDEA IS TO ROLL IT OUT AND TO START LOOKING AT OTHER ENCAMPMENTS AND TO IMPLEMENT SOME OF THOSE SAME STRATEGIES THAT WE DID HERE, THERE.” DAVIS JUST HOPES WHICHEVER STRATEGY IS CHOSEN WILL LEAD TO A GREATER RESPECT FOR THE GREEN SPACE AND THE PEOPLE LIVING NEARBY.IN AUSTIN, ALEX CAPRARIELLO, KXAN NEWS. SYDNEY:A PARKS AND REC REPRESENTATIVE SAID CREWS PLACED DUMPSTERS THERE EARLIER THIS WEEK SO THE TRASH CAN BE REMOVED.THEY SAY THE’LL START CLEANING UP THE AREA ONCE START CLEANING UP THE AREA ONCE IT DRIES UP. ROBERT:EARLIER THIS WEEK WATERSHED PROTECTION TOLD US THEY WILL RENEW A CONTRACT TO REMOVE CAMPS IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS.DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TOLD US THEY DO NOT HAVE A WAY TO REACH OUT TO CAMPERS IN DANGEROUS AREAS BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS, BUT THEY DO TRY TO REACH OUT.LAST WEEK, AUSTIN POLICE OFFICERS HAD TO RESCUE A MAN WASHED AWAY.HE WAS BELIEVED TO BE HOMELESS. UNDER THE NEW ORDINANCE, CAMPING WHERE IT PUTS YOU IN DANGER IS AGAINST THE RULES. ROBERT:JUST SINCE MONDAY, 3-1-1 OPERATORS HAVE RECEIVED NEARLY 30 CALLS RELATED TO HOMELESSNESS ACROSS THE CITY. SINCE THE START OF JULY, THERE HAVE BEEN NEARLY 17-HUNDRED. SYDNEY:TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CREWS WILL START CLEARING OUT HOMELESS CAMPS BENEATH STATE OVERPASSES IN AUSTIN ON MONDAY.W’VE REPORTED ON THE NOTICES THE’VE POSTED NEAR CAMPS.WE ALSO FOUND OUT THE ORGANIZATIONS THEY SUGGEST PEOPLE REACH OUT TO FOR SHELTER ARE ALREADY AT CAPACITY.COREY LEITH // SALVATION ARMY”…AND UNFORTUNATELY IF PEOPLE ARE FULL, IF OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE AT CAPACITY AS WELL, WE CAN ONLY PROVIDE THEM WITH WHAT WE ARE GIVEN, SOMETIMES THA’S A BOTTLE OF WATER, WE DONT KNOW WHAT DIRECTION THEY CAN TAKE AFTER WE GIVE THEM ALL OF OUR OPTIONS.”ONLINE RIGHT NOW AT KXAN.COM- YO’LL FIND A BREAKDOWN OF WHY ALL THE MAJOR SHELTERS IN AUSTIN SAY THE’RE FULL.THE CITY TELLS US THEY WILL *NOT* OPEN EXTRA SHELTERS UNDER THE COLD WEATHER PLAN.THAT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW 35 DEGREES AND I’S WET OUTSIDE. THEY ALSO OPEN EXTRA SHELTERS IF IT IS 32 DEGREES AND DRY.

7 thoughts on “Growing homeless camp near Onion Creek scheduled for removal

  1. Bunk beds! Or make more homeless shelters and find out where these people are coming from and send them BACK! LMAO

  2. Homeless in California can steal up to 950 dollars of property daily without being charged with a felony. Drug addicts like that. They also have to pay dues to the gangs. Give them an excuse to come to Austin and they will.

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