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Tag Archives: homelessness

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Homeless services would get a boost from recommended budget earmarks

A budget amendment expected to go before City Council later this month would seek to direct up to $1 million in new money toward improvements to Austin’s downtown homeless shelter and provide other resources to move people out of homelessness.A…

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Austin reconsiders homelessness ordinances as Houston laws are challenged in court

It’s a new fiscal year for the city of Austin, and one of the myriad items on City Council agendas over the next year will be an overhaul of ordinances relating to homelessness. That won’t be easy, as federal courts…

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County dedicates $3M to permanent supportive housing

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday morning to dedicate $3 million to permanent supportive housing for repeat users of the criminal justice and health care systems.The county’s $3 million, comprising $600,000 annually over five years, is roughly a fifth…

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

City boosts spending on homelessness, but advocates still disappointed

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget approved by City Council on Tuesday includes a $3.4 million increase in funding for homelessness services. City staff estimates that the new funds come on top of more than $26 million in annual city spending…

Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

City budget boosts spending for homelessness services

The new city manager and City Council agree: The city needs more money to address the homelessness situation.The proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget submitted by City Manager Spencer Cronk includes $3.1 million in new spending on homelessness-related services. That’s on…

Friday, August 3, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City bundling blockchain hacks for homelessness in Bloomberg challenge

Austin’s Innovation Office will spend most of the next three weeks compiling and assessing the solutions that teams of area programmers and digital creatives came up with to use blockchain technology to solve the city’s chronic homelessness issues.A total of…

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Case management, facilities improvements among recommendations for new ARCH contract

An analysis by a national agency focused on ending homelessness has given the city its recommendations on how to revamp services and operations at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. Among them are a change to make the downtown…

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Possible changes to panhandling ordinance draw concern from business leaders

A possible revision of the city’s ordinance regulating panhandling is drawing concern from downtown business leaders who say the proposed changes would allow aggressive requests for money and could create safety issues in areas with heavy foot traffic.The amendments to…

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

Business leaders raise concerns about homelessness

It’s not just advocates for the homeless who have serious concerns about homelessness downtown. Businesses say that the mass of misery on the streets is a threat to downtown commerce and the city’s ability to attract visitors.The effects of the…

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

The debate over decriminalizing homelessness

A campaign to decriminalize behaviors associated with homelessness got a boost Monday from the Public Safety Commission, which voted to approve a resolution that instructs the city manager to review ordinances that may “create barriers for people who are trying…

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Jack Craver

Audit says city needs better data on homeless population

What does it mean to be homeless? It depends who you ask.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development applies the term to a variety of living situations, including people living in places “not meant for human habitation,” those in…

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Overheard, signs of the times

And on and on… Last week brought a tentative update to the ongoing labor negotiations with the Austin Police Association. Those negotiations resumed after City Council voted against a proposed contract in December. Since then, police have been operating without…

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Housing Austin’s homeless will reduce road deaths, but that will require a big investment

Part 2 of a three-part seriesMike Villegas learned his oldest child had died on Christmas Eve 2016.Villegas said he was doing work around the house with his 12-year-old son. When he went out to the front yard, he noticed a…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by Sommer Brugal

City Council approves plan to end homelessness

The rising concern surrounding homelessness and its growing numbers will receive greater attention and resources moving forward, now that City Council unanimously approved a resolution to endorse the city’s Action Plan to End Homelessness at its April 26 meeting.The action…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The ARCH

On this week’s show, Front Steps Executive Director Greg McCormack joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard to talk about the challenges and future of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. Listen in; the entire show is embedded below.The Austin…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Innovation team sets sights on bedbugs, overcrowding at homeless shelter

The Innovation Office earlier this month issued a set of recommendations to mitigate serious problems plaguing the 14-year-old Austin Resource Center for the Homeless at East Seventh and Neches streets.Last week, the office’s so-called i-team briefed the Downtown Commission on…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Jack Craver

Homelessness action report calls for doubling spending

If Austin wants to get serious about ending homelessness, it needs to spend about twice as much on the variety of programs that currently serve the more than 2,000 people living on the streets.That’s according to an action plan endorsed…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City regulations may create more homelessness

City ordinances prohibiting panhandling in certain areas, criminalizing camping in public places, living in a car or tent, or sitting or lying on the sidewalk in parts of downtown are creating barriers that make it more difficult for people to…

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Campaign would raise $60M to house homeless

The Mobile Loaves & Fishes nonprofit announced plans to help reduce Austin’s homeless population over the next 10 years through a series of expansions of its Community First! Village project in Northeast Austin.The expansions will be paid for with a…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Homeless service providers say pilot program made downtown Austin safer

An effort to reduce crowds loitering outside the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless has made downtown safer, local service providers say.A 30-day initiative was launched last month to address homelessness outside the ARCH, where dozens of people congregate on…

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