- Austin has a ban on homeless people camping on the streets but it’s rarely enforced by city leaders
- Upset locals rounded up shopping carts left behind by the homeless and dropped them off at city hall
- Residents claim the city is prioritizing the homeless over tax-paying citizens
Residents fed up with woke policies in Austin, Texas allowing the homeless to camp out in public places and even on private property fought back today – dumping shopping carts abandoned by the vagrants at city hall.
One cart bearing the name of each elected official was propped up just feet away from where the mayor and city council were meeting inside Thursday.
‘Our elected officials, they don’t want to do anything about homelessness,’ local advocate Jaime Hammonds posted to social media.
‘There are thousands of these shopping carts around Austin right now in the woods, in the green belts, in the parks, on private property, and the city refuses to do anything with them, so we decided we’re going to bring them to the city.’
The liberal capital of Texas actually has a local ordinance that bans the homeless people – referred to by the city as ‘people experiencing homelessness’ – from camping in public spaces, but it’s rarely enforced.
Shopping carts with the names of each Austin elected official were dropped off at city hall to draw attention to the city’s homeless crisis
Many of Austin’s homeless are camping in wooded areas of the state capital
‘Every council member has their name on their cart; even the mayor there. I hope they enjoy their carts,’ Hammonds quipped as he documented the scene.
‘City of Austin refuses to do anything about the homeless camps, the trash, the shopping carts and the danger.’
In some cases, transients have set up camp sites on privately owned property. When the owners have gone to the city for help, officials have taken the vagrants’ side and refused to force them off the land, Hammond told the DailyMail.com
Adding insult to injury, the private land owners were later cited by the city for not picking up after the homeless – including shopping carts they used to carry their belongings or even to start fires.
Even the stores where the carts came from don’t want them back, the local filmmaker who focuses on the homeless added, because they’re dirty and damaged.
Hammond has previously documented how Austin’s homeless are living in hidden camps inside woods and greenbelts.
Filmmaker Jamie Hammonds has spoken openly about his struggles with homelessness where he slept on the steps of a church for months
Some are even taking their grievances with the city to court, like Rupal Chaudhari who sued the city to protect the family business.
The Homewood Suites owned by her family is next door to a Candlewood Suites hotel recently purchased by the City of Austin.
Mayor Kirk Watson has pledged to do more to house the homeless population.
The plan is to turn the Candlewood Suites into some sort of shelter for the homeless, but the city never notified Chaudhari and the people living in the surrounding homes of their plans, she claims.
‘They’re planning to put the homeless in people’s backyards,’ Chaudhari told the DailyMail.com Thursday.
‘There is no separation between the hotel and the private property. They just railroaded us.’
Chaudhari is part of a group hoping to stop the city from moving forward with housing the homeless in their neighborhood.
Although the city has yet to move a single person into the Candlewood, Chaudhari claims they let themselves in– squatting in the vacant hotel.
Her hotel has been dealing with homeless people who regularly walk onto her property and harass guests– banging on room doors and cars in the parking lot.
‘Why has it become my problem,’ she asked.
‘It’s a crime against me. It’s a crime against my business. We are the ones dealing with this crisis everyday.’
A homeless shelter next door would mean business would drop and she would have to lay off employees, she fears
Her lawsuit against the city is currently in appeals court.
The City of Austin did not immediately respond to the DailyMail.com’s request for comment.