Governor Abbott pens open letter, demands Austin City Council address the homeless crisis

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent an open letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council.

The governor is demanding the council address the growing homelessness crisis by November 1, 2019. If meaningful reforms are not implemented by then, Governor Abbott will 'direct every applicable state agency to act to fulfill his responsibility to protect the health and safety of Texans in Austin’s jurisdiction.'

As the Governor of Texas, I have the responsibility to protect the health and safety of all Texans, including Austin residents. Further inaction by you and the Austin City Council will leave me no choice other than to use the tools available to the State of Texas to ensure that people are protected from health and safety concerns caused by the Austin homeless policies. As a result, I will give you until November 1, 2019 to demonstrate consequential improvement in the Austin homelessness crisis and the danger it poses to the health and safety of the public. If meaningful reforms are not implemented by then, I will direct every applicable state agency to act to fulfill my responsibility to protect the health and safety of Texans in your jurisdiction.

— Texas Governor Greg Abbott​​​​​​

You can read the entire open letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler below:

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