Homelessness in Austin: Our Statement (Revised)

The City of Austin recently changed an ordinance with the attempt to decriminalize homelessness. This has caused the homeless and street community to start camping on sidewalks, city streets, and other public areas. We have been asked a lot about this issue, and here is our statement from Founder, and Executive Director, Tim Pinson Sr.,

MISSION POSSIBLE STATEMENT:

A few months ago, the City of Austin passed an ordinance with the attempt to decriminalize homelessness. This gave permission for the homeless and street community to start camping on sidewalks, city streets, and other public areas. Recently, Governor Abbot has announced that a city ordinance banning camping, sitting or lying in front of business entrances is in effect, and has committed to work with private sector and faith-based organizations on longer-term solutions. The challenge is, the ordinance will drive the street folks into the woods and more secluded areas where public service will be limited. Mission Possible is looking to expand our reach deeper into the street communities.

We believe that no should live in public places and create public safety issues in our city … They do however have the right to receive help. As Christ followers we have the obligation to offer help to those who cannot help themselves, especially widows and orphans. We must learn how to care responsibly… The mental and dependency issues must be addressed. If the systemic issues are not addressed; the chronically homeless issues cannot be solved. As believers we should not be prejudiced against anyone, we can however be prejudiced against criminal activity. Mission Possible will continue to communicate the truth and the message of the life changing Gospel to those on the street… We are committed to caring responsibly for those that are on the fringes of our society, regardless of city or state activities.

We encourage believers in the city to come serve at Church Under the Bridge at 7th and I-35. We will serve the people on the street to help “break the cycle of poverty one life at a time”. The Gospel alone has the power to transform lives, and to that we are called as long as God allows.

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