A plan to designate sanctioned encampment areas for people experiencing homelessness is under consideration at the city. On Tuesday, staff presented the Austin City Council with a list of 45 potential locations, all on city-owned property, for the camps.
On May 6—less than a week after voters approved an ordinance that essentially made such encampments illegal—the council directed the city manager to investigate and "provide information and analysis regarding possible sanctioned encampments for people experiencing homelessness in the City of Austin." Staff issued an inital memo on the matter on May 14 and gave the related presentation, for which it reviewed more than 70 city-owned sites, during the May 18 council work session.
Considerations for the appropriateness of site included basic infrastructure—such as utilities, hygiene facilities, trash disposal, and pest control—as well as factors such as access to transportation and other services. Suggested services for such sites included laundry facilities, storage space, accommodations for pets, and meals and safe food distribution. Staffing, security, and uniformity of shelters (such as tents) were considered, as was a timeline and the need to focus on transitioning people to permanent housing.
According to the presentation, the Austin Fire Department will provide safety information on the sites, and regulations for the sites will be integrated with those for camping established by the city Parks and Recreation Department.
The sites under consideration are managed by various city departments, including Parks and Recreation, Austin Housing Finance Corporation, Public Works, Austin Resource Recovery, and Austin Water Utility.
Here are the 45 possible encampment sites as listed in Tuesday's presentation (full list below), mapped:• Walter E. Long 11455 Decker Lake Rd
• John Trevino 9501 FM 969
• Walnut Creek Sports Park 7800 Johnny Morris Rd
• Given Recreation Center 3811 E. 12th Street
• Fleet Service Yard, 8401 Johnny Morris Road
• Colony Park land
• 3511 Manor Road
• Tannehill Lane
• Onion Creek Metro North
• 7720 1⁄2 Kellam Rd
• 5400 E. William Cannon, Decommissioned WWTP
• FM 812 at FM 973
• Eco-Park at FM 973
• W. Slaughter and 8908-8916-9006 Cullen Road
• Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center 2609 Gonzales St
• South Austin Recreation Center 1100 Cumberland Rd
• Roy G Guerrero 400 Grove Blvd
• 6700 Bolm Road District Park
• Edward Rendon Dellgado Pavilion
• 4800 - 4906 Bolm Road
• Levander Loop
• 1311 Tillery Street
• Gus Garcia 1201 E Rundberg Ln
• 7211 N IH35
• 7309 N IH 35
• Mary Moore Searight 907 W. Slaughter Ln
• Lakeline Neighborhood Park
• 12101 Anderson Mill Road
Locations – Initial city-owned land options under review
• 10900 FM 2222 (WWT)
• Commons Ford Park 614 N. Commons Ford Rd
• Walnut Creek/Havens
• Northwest Recreation Center
• Sir Swante Palm Neighborhood Park East 3rd
• Duncan Park 900 W. 9th Street
• San Beach on Cesar Chavez
• Patterson Park 4200 Brookview Rd
• Bull Creek Park Lakewood Dr • Ryan Drive Warehouse
• Circle C
• Dick Nichols 8011 Beckett Rd • 11800 FM 1826
• 9513 Circle Drive
• 4905 Convict Hill Rd
• Norwood Tract
• Austin Recreation Center Staff will file a second report to the mayor and city council on June 2.