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Failure to Enforce Public Camping Law Could Mean Loss of State Grant Funds

Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton recently sent a joint letter to the Texas Association of Counties, the Texas Municipal League and cities across the state as a reminder that House Bill 1925, which bans camping in public places, must now be enforced on a statewide basis. The governor signed HB 1925 into law in June and the law went into effect on September 1, 2021.

Abbott and Paxton note that failure to enforce the law could result in costly litigation and a loss of state grant funds.

Significant federal funding has been made available to local entities to help the homeless, totaling $358 million. In addition, the state made $52.9 million available last month to homeless service providers and plans to make an additional $100 million available next month. The state has also awarded $92.5 million of ESG-CARES funds to service providers for the homeless.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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