New Houston law cracks down on panhandling, homelessness

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Houston ordinance seeks to crackdown on homelessness, panhandling

HOUSTON —  Houston City Council has approved two new ordinances that crack down on panhandling and ban public encampments.

According to officials, the new measures come after numerous complaints about people asking for money.

“The new law goes into effect in 30 days,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The next month will be spent preparing people.”

The law is meant to address concerns over homeless people while still providing them with resources.

Turner tweeted a map of resources for homeless Houstonians with the tag: #MeaningfulChangeNotSpareChange.

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