Kristian Hernandez

Kristian Hernandez

Kristian Hernández writes about social services and housing for Stateline and reports from Texas. Before joining Stateline, he was an investigative reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Center for Public Integrity. Previously, he was an immigration reporter for The Monitor newspaper in South Texas and a courts reporter for Homicide Watch in Washington, D.C. Hernandez is a first generation Mexican-American with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso and a masters in investigative journalism from American University.

In this February photo, tents stand in a long row at a city-sanctioned homeless encampment in Denver. As homeless encampments have become increasingly visible in recent years, at least six states have turned to legislation written by a Texas-based think tank advocating for state-sanctioned camps, bans on unofficial encampments and penalties against cities that refuse to remove them. |

Homeless camping bans are spreading — this group shaped the bills

By: - August 23, 2022

Georgia state Sen. Carden Summers said he drove around Atlanta before presenting a bill earlier this year that would ban homeless encampments and cut state funding from cities that refuse to enforce the ban. “I made it a point to ride around almost every night and take 30 minutes and just drive a different route […]