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Houston City Council Bans Public Encampments For the Homeless

The Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use of tents and cooking devices that can be a fire hazard in public areas. Another ordinance on panhandling will prohibit people from blocking roadways or sidewalks. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz reports that police officers could make arrests after giving warnings, citations and consulting […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThe Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use of tents and cooking devices that can be a fire hazard in public areas. Another ordinance on panhandling will prohibit people from blocking roadways or sidewalks.

News 88.7’s Al Ortiz reports that police officers could make arrests after giving warnings, citations and consulting with social workers. The city will try to educate the people who can be impacted by the new rules in the next few weeks. The rules take effect on May 12.

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