Texas: City of Houston bans public homeless encampments
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Houston Homeless Encampments: KHOU 11’s Adam Bennett reports council also passed an ordinance banning the blocking of a roadway, sidewalk or building entrance. The measures stem from panhandling complaints by citizens and business owners.
Houston City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance banning public encampments along with other rules meant to fight panhandling. The measure prohibits temporary shelters, tents and unauthorized cooking devices in public areas.
Officials said the homeless will still be allowed to sleep on city property. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says the rules are meant to strike a delicate balance between regulation and helping the homeless.