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How should Austin address homelessness? The city wants your input.

An encampment for people experiencing homelessness under State Highway 71 in South Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez

Austin's Homeless Strategy Division wants your input on how to best tackle homelessness as it plans to spend more than half-a-billion dollars to get people off the street within the next three years.

Residents can share ideas at two online town halls from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday:

The city said it also plans to update Austinites on ongoing housing efforts and the voter-backed reinstatement of the camping ban, which went into effect nearly a year ago.

The meeting comes less than a week after the city formally ended its partnership with Front Steps, the nonprofit that had run the city's homelessness shelter since it opened in the mid-2000s.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the town halls were taking place on Thursday and Friday.

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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