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Council avoids discussing homeless statue

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Austin City Council was scheduled to take up a resolution to look for a space inside a city park for a monument dedicated to the homeless.

The topic was not brought up Thursday and withdrawn from the agenda. It is not clear when it will be brought back up.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilman Mike Martinez, would have directed the city to look for space within a park for the statue. The statue itself would be paid for through private donations.

House the Homeless Director Richard Troxell was at city hall. He says he well still continue with his efforts to raise the money. He hopes the statue will raise awareness. He knows people have concerns about how the money is being spent but believes it will be a start to raising awareness.

"It takes money to make money and it's a process. It sounds like a lot of money but it's a multi-billion dollar problem and $175,000 is the cost of coming to the table," said Troxell.


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