Tag Archives: homelessness

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Debates continue over impacts, enforcement of new homelessness ordinances

Recent changes to ordinances covering camping and soliciting by homeless people continue to be a hot topic of debate at city meetings, with residents and special interest groups pushing for a reversal to the June vote, or significant changes in…

Monday, August 12, 2019 by Jack Craver

City, county look to private investors to help on homelessness

Travis County commissioners are cautiously optimistic about the county’s participation in a multi-jurisdictional program aimed at helping some of the county’s most destitute residents.The program, Pay for Success, is a collaboration between the county, the city and a number of…

Monday, August 5, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

ECHO has a new leader

The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, one of the leading organizations involved in addressing Austin’s homelessness problem, will have a new top executive today as the group’s co-founder, Ann Howard, steps down to focus on her campaign for a seat on…

Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council action would pave the way for $30M in private dollars to house the homeless

A resolution slated for consideration at next week’s City Council meeting could pave the way for foundations and other private sector entities to contribute to the estimated $30 million annual cost to provide housing for the city’s homeless population.The resolution…

Monday, July 29, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council, neighbors plan meetings on how to manage South Austin shelter

City leaders and residents are planning a series of meetings in the coming weeks to help them move forward and provide some clarity on efforts to manage the city’s growing homeless population.The Aug. 8 City Council meeting – the first…

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Packed homelessness forum calls for more shelters, support: ‘We are dealing with human beings here’

As the city adjusts to new rules for panhandling, camping or sitting or lying in public, the Downtown Austin Alliance hosted a forum Tuesday to discuss the road ahead for dealing with homelessness and plans to expand emergency shelter access…

Monday, July 22, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Hearsay and opinion

Careful what you read on the internet, folks… Capital Metro’s current incarnation of Project Connect is no different from anything else the agency ever does: complicated, controversial and confusing. Time, however, is running out for the community and the agency…

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Camping rules continue to stoke arguments

City Council’s decision to revise ordinances related to where homeless people may camp, sit or lie down continues to cause controversy in the city, with some claiming the changes are making things worse for everyone, particularly law enforcement.Mayor Steve Adler…

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin has new rules on panhandling, camping and resting in public. Here’s what that means.

Three revisions to the city’s rules against panhandling, camping, and sitting or lying down in public went into effect Monday. People have feelings about that, and it’s unclear what impact the rules will have on those experiencing homelessness – or…

Friday, June 21, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City code to allow camping, solicitation, sitting in public areas, with conditions

City Council approved an ordinance early Friday morning amending city code to decriminalize certain behaviors that are often necessary consequences of living in homelessness.The changes mean that city policies prohibiting sitting, lying down and camping in public areas will only…

Friday, June 21, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council vote OKs move to open homeless housing center in South Austin

The city’s second homeless shelter will be located in South Austin, as a result of a unanimous vote by City Council on Thursday to approve the purchase of an office building that will be converted into a 100-bed facility, possibly…

Monday, June 17, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City to pay up to $8.6M for South Austin parcel for new homeless shelter

City Council is expected to vote this week on approving the purchase of a commercial building in South Austin that will serve as the city’s second homeless shelter.A pair of resolutions slated for Thursday’s Council meeting spells out the details…

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Citing discrimination, City Council considers changing homelessness ordinances

City Council has decided it is time to take a hard look at the city’s policies associated with homelessness and take dramatic action.The homeless population in Austin is continuing to grow as the city’s population swells. According to the annual…

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Downtown Commission wants city to open three new homeless shelters by 2020

The Austin Downtown Commission wants the city to push harder to create homeless shelters outside of downtown, asking City Council to create three satellite facilities by September 2020.The directive came as part of a recommendation passed unanimously at last week’s…

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Homelessness roundtable calls for coordinated programs to provide relief

With homelessness one of the top concerns for city leaders, the most recent Imagine Austin speaker series brought together a trio of specialists who have spent years looking for ways to help those who lack a permanent home. Among the…

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

ARCH prepares to improve results by serving fewer clients

As of April 1, the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless is moving forward with a renewed 18-month contract with Front Steps Inc. to redesign its services to have better focus on individual clients and improve efficiency.Vella Karman, manager of…

Friday, April 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City begins search to fund new center for homeless families

The city is looking for money in the current budget to help open and operate a recently constructed homeless shelter for families.At Thursday’s meeting, City Council approved a consent agenda resolution directing City Manager Spencer Cronk to look for possible…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Homelessness in Austin increased 5 percent this year

Homelessness increased 5 percent in Austin over last year, according to the results of Ending Community Homelessness Coalition’s annual census. The survey, which was conducted overnight on Jan. 26 by about 500 volunteers, found 2,255 people experiencing homelessness on Austin…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City names interim homelessness coordinator, with national search coming

The city of Austin has made an interim hire to start addressing the many needs of people experiencing homelessness and strategies to get them into stable housing.Last week assistant city managers Rodney Gonzales and Christopher Shorter announced that Veronica Briseño…

Friday, March 15, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Austin taking over underpass cleanup from TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation, which has been cleaning under the city’s highway overpasses for many years and cleaning up homeless camps for about three years, has notified the city of Austin that it can no longer provide those services.TxDOT…

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