Homeless Could Get Free State ID Card

By Robert Wood, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Homeless people face many barriers to getting back on their feet. Austin Democratic State Senator Kirk Watson says the lack of a photo ID shouldn’t be one of them.

Watson has filed a bill that would waive the Texas Department of Public Safety Photo ID card fee for 10,000 homeless people across the state over the next two year.

The current fee for a state-issued identification card is $16 for 6 years.

Watson says without one there isn’t much these people can do. “Many of the Texans facing homelessness are unable to access certain social services and things like permanent housing or meaningful employment, because they can’t afford the cost of identification.”

Watson says if the program works and more homeless people get off the streets it will help shrink the cost of social services.


One Comment

  1. you gotta be kiddin me says:

    so how do they know who is legal or who is not? Or, if they are a terrorist.
    This is the dumbest idea yet by the Democrats.

  2. Ed says:

    You stupid Democrats! How about the majority of us that WORK for a living? Stop taking care of the deadbeats.

    1. Kaysa Lacy says:

      Ed, you are the only stupid one around here….

      If you are really a conservative – you should know that getting the homeless work is important, and this is a step in the right direction. Not to mention that MANY homeless people who are murdered are not identified because they do not have an ID.

      As a conservative, this is a great idea.

      1. Kaysa Lacy says:

        While I see the flip side to it – “so how do they know who is legal or who is not? Or, if they are a terrorist.” Can also see the more reasonable side…

        “It will help homeless get back on there feet and become identifiable”.

        Just think there should be some sort of stipulation behind this measure to prevent illegals and terrorist from getting one. (Sure there is a way).

  3. Don in Dallas says:

    Just annother socilist mistake by the brain dead dumb down brainwashed public school educated fools who gravitate to Govt jobs because no one else will hire them …………. and here is your proof !!!

  4. Thomas says:

    All this doe’s is let the Illegals get these ID’s and send them back to mexico and they get to come over here with a free pass .These Democrate’s are vthe stuiped people we have in goverment in this state.

    1. Bob says:

      I agree that this is a very stupid idea, but for real you just made a stupid comment. I have never seen a single Mexican homeless person. Mexicans know about family and they would never let that happen to one of their own. It is all the drug addicted and alcoholic white and black people. And yes almost all of them were born in the US.

  5. texas sue says:

    I think this is a great idea. helping the homeless get back into main stream society will not only help them but all of us. Homelessness costs taxpayers a large amount in medical costs and public safety cost. by helping them, we help all Texans. Plus helping our less fortunate is the right thing to do.

    Deuteronomy 15:7, 11
    If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.

  6. Hart says:

    People…let’s think before we talk/ type. This article says NOTHING about waiving the proof of identification that is required by EVERYONE to get an ID. All they are trying to do is waive the cost!

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