Jose says no one has ever asked him to leave the hillside or offered him housing, but that he would take it if it was. In the meantime, he said working the land brings him joy, and it makes him happy to know that his work makes others smile.
The sprawling homeless encampment was covered by a canopy of trees and located behind houses along Tres Logos Lane in northeast Dallas.
The move comes as Austin has moved into Phase 2 of its reinstatement of the camping ban. Phase 2 began on June 13.
Officials say they're working to clear the area on the corner of Guadalupe and Cesar Chavez because the area has been designated for construction.
For the past 30 days, the city has been in phase 1. During that month, APD has visited dozens of encampments to meet with people experiencing homelessness.
The Austin City Council did not take a vote to move forward with the purchase of the Candlewood Suites in Northwest Austin.
The Airport Hilton was presented as a better site for Austin's homeless versus the currently proposed Candlewood Suites hotel in Northwest Austin.
Over the last two weeks, Austin police officers have already visited 42 campsites, informing people about Proposition B.
A group of campers has set up tents at Austin City Hall and now has formed their own security team.
Black leaders and community activists are voicing opposition to how many of the potential homeless campsites are located in East Austin.
Typically, ECHO would send volunteers out to count people. This year they had to rely on data from a system that service providers use which paints a very different picture.
One resident says while their property is in Cedar Park they border a park designated as a potential camping zone which is owned by Austin.
The process is still in the early stages, but the council member hopes all understand she ultimately wants what is best for both the homeless and the community.
The city released a list Tuesday that includes more than 70 parks and recreation centers throughout the city.
The resolution directs the city manager to provide information and analysis on the possibility of sanctioned encampments for the homeless in Austin.
Fires linked to homeless tents and camps are raising concerns in Los Angeles, where flames claimed seven lives last year and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to nearby businesses.
The Austin Justice Coalition is calling on the city and Travis County to devote $200 million from the federal government to solve the homeless crisis in Austin.
City officials now admit it will be some time before people are able to be moved either to designated encampments or into housing.
The City of Austin voted loud and clear in favor of Prop B to reinstate the camping ban. Austin leaders introduced a 4-phase plan to do just that.
It is now illegal to camp in most areas of Austin, sit or lie downtown or near the University of Texas, or panhandle at night.