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Austin adds hundreds of shelter beds, thousands remain on streets | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Lauren Scott | – 2023-06-12 13:00:00

(The Center Square) – Austin plans to add 450 additional shelter beds by the end of the summer, but this will still leave thousands of homeless people shelterless. 

Despite spending millions of dollars on the homelessness problem, there are still more than 5,000 homeless people in Austin. 

The city intends to add additional shelter beds by increasing the capacity of a bridge shelter and converting the Southeast Austin warehouse to a temporary shelter. 

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Increasing the capacity at the bridge shelter in North and South Austin will create another 130 shelter beds. The temporary shelter will provide around 300 shelter beds. But out of the 5,000 homeless people in Austin, fewer than 900 of those individuals receive some form of shelter. 

Even at the end of the summer, when the city has 450 extra shelter beds, more than 3,600 homeless people in Austin will remain shelterless. 

A memo from Interim City Manager Jesús Garza indicates that the shelter, located at Marshalling Yard, would operate for approximately one year. 

Council Member José Velásquez, who represents the majority-Latino southeast district, told The Austin Chronicle, “We need to get people off the streets and into permanent supportive housing and not continue to exacerbate the issue by perpetuating a destabilizing cycle.”

In 2021, Austin voters approved Proposition B, which bans camping in public places. Residents have urged the city to take action. But Dianna Grey, the city's homeless strategy officer, said that the law is difficult to enforce since shelter beds are limited. 

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“If we are going to comply with the law, we need to provide them a place to be,” Grey said.

Garza said Austin remains committed to an approach that prioritizes reducing and ultimately ending homelessness.

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100-year-old Central California woman celebrates 25th birthday on Leap Day

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abc13.com – KFSN – 2024-02-29 22:25:46

SUMMARY: Helen Davidson of Park Visalia Assisted Living & Memory Care celebrates her 100th birthday, which is only her 25th because she was born on a leap year. She credits her faith and family for a full life and emphasizes the importance of being a good person. Davidson’s daughter praises her mother’s likable and fun personality and her dedication to physical activity. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Davidson later became a teacher after earning a degree from Fresno State. Her family plans to celebrate her milestone with a weekend of festivities, and Davidson expresses gratitude for their presence.

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Airbnb: Austin, Hill Country most booked ahead of solar eclipse weekend

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-02-29 20:46:36

SUMMARY: Airbnb has noticed a surge in interest for properties along the path of the upcoming solar eclipse in April. Austin and the Hill Country in Texas are trending destinations for travelers wanting to experience the eclipse. Texas is among the most-booked states, with a 600% increase in searches for the weekend of the eclipse. Over 60% of listings along the eclipse path in Texas are already booked. Airbnb reported a 1000% increase in searches for stays along the eclipse path in the US, with other popular cities including Mazatlán, Indianapolis, Montreal, and more. The eclipse will be the last to cross North America for over 20 years.

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Astros Foundation College Classic 2024: Texas State baseball player Chase Mora brings record-setting play to Minute Maid Park

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abc13.com – Adam Winkler – 2024-02-29 20:15:57

SUMMARY: Texas State University sophomore Chase Mora is excited to play in Houston’s Minute Maid Park for the first time during the Astros Foundation College Classic. Despite being overlooked by major programs due to a high school arm injury, Mora led the Bobcats with 17 home runs in his freshman season, earning him All-America honors. Mora was named National Player of the Week twice last season, with a memorable debut where he hit a home run in each of his first three plate appearances. He was honored in his hometown parade and looks forward to adding playing in the Astros’ home ballpark to his impressive college resume.

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