Tag Archives: homelessness

Friday, September 4, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council approves funding for isolation hotel

After a brief discussion about the need to continue the search for temporary and permanent housing for Austinites experiencing homelessness, City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the owner of the La Quinta Inn at 5812 N. Interstate 35 Thursday.The…

Thursday, August 6, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin says group doesn’t have signatures to put homelessness ordinances on the ballot in November

Austin’s city clerk says a group seeking to reinstate the city’s bans on sitting, camping or lying down in public doesn’t have the requisite 20,000 signatures to force a referendum on Election Day.Save Austin Now, led by Travis County GOP…

Monday, August 3, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Study pushes city toward using data, results in plans to address homelessness

The city and organizations working to solve homelessness will adopt a more data-heavy approach to achieving the goals of the 2018 Action Plan to End Homelessness. The move to handle contracts for homeless services in a results-focused way is expected…

Friday, July 31, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs short contract to clean up homeless camps

Ten people signed up to tell Council on Wednesday they were opposed to awarding a three-year contract to Relief Enterprise of Texas Inc. for “removal of debris and cleanup services under bridge overpasses, under bridges, and in the transportation right…

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Group says it has enough signatures to put Austin’s homelessness ordinances on the November ballot

A GOP-backed group says it’s collected enough signatures to put a reversal of the city’s homeless ordinances on the ballot in November.Save Austin Now, a coalition led by longtime strategist and Travis County GOP Chair Matt Mackowiak, announced Monday it…

Monday, July 20, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Housing department seeks to move unused home repair funds toward homelessness

The city will likely redirect a $2.6 million unused Community Development Block Grant intended for home repairs to create more housing for the homeless in the next budget year.Last week the Community Development Commission voted 9-2 to approve the 2020-21…

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin sees 10-year high in the number of people experiencing homelessness

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Austin hit a 10-year high in 2020, according to a new report.Data from the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition’s point-in-time count show that 2,506 people were homeless on the night of the annual census,…

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Salvation Army’s downtown homeless shelter closes after positive tests; ARCH confirms first case

Salvation Army Austin’s downtown shelter was closed this weekend after 12 people tested positive for Covid-19. All 187 people staying at the shelter have been moved to a city-leased hotel.KUT has also confirmed the first case of Covid-19 at the…

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Expanded hotel use among city’s strategies for combating Covid-19 among homeless population

Increased availability of public hygiene facilities, emergency food access, coordination with health care organizations and expanded use of local hotels for shelter are some of the steps the city has taken to assist the homeless community in the midst of…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Homeless advocates organize against petition to reinstate anti-camping laws

The coalition of community groups that pushed for the city to decriminalize homelessness last summer has organized opposition to a petition drive that seeks to reverse the ordinance change via referendum.The Homes Not Handcuffs Coalition, which includes the Texas ACLU,…

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Real estate group’s $1M donation will help fuel expansion plans for Community First! Village

A $1 million donation from the Austin Board of Realtors will help the Community First! Village of Austin with its plans to expand and add more homes for the chronically homeless throughout Austin.In an announcement made Monday, the professional organization’s…

Friday, January 10, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Citing violence associated with homeless, Abbott asks DPS to patrol state-owned buildings in Austin

Gov. Greg Abbott has directed state troopers to increase patrols within two blocks of state buildings in Central Austin in the wake of two stabbings involving homeless Austinites since Friday.In a letter Thursday, Abbott directed the Texas Department of Public…

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Downtown Commission hears fundraising plans for 300 new shelter beds

A partnership between the Downtown Austin Alliance and the Austin Chamber of Commerce has identified 14 sites that could become the location for a new large shelter to serve the city’s homeless population.At last month’s Downtown Commission meeting, representatives from…

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Supreme Court passes on Boise camping ban case, opening up Austin’s rules to lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a ruling that found a ban against camping in public in Boise, Idaho, is unconstitutional.The case against Boise’s ban on camping inspired, in part, the city of Austin’s decision to…

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Council members support using hotels to house homeless, but are wary of locations and quick timeline

Austin City Council members say they’re concerned about the timeline, placement and funding strategy for a plan to expand efforts to buy and retrofit hotels to house homeless Austinites.Last month, Council OK’d a plan to buy the Rodeway Inn near…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Jerry Quijano

Proposed partnership with ECHO would convert more motels to temporarily house Austin’s homeless

ECHO, the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, says the addition of 200-300 short-term motel units would substantially impact the community of Austinites living without shelter. In a memo sent Tuesday to the mayor and City Council, city staff said they agree.Earlier…

Friday, November 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin OKs plan to buy and retrofit a motel to house homeless

The Austin City Council unanimously passed an $8 million plan to buy and repurpose the Rodeway Inn in South Austin to house people transitioning out of homelessness.The motel could house at least 87 people.Billed as a more proactive approach to…

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Apartment owners, managers learn about options for voucher users in housing crunch

Owners and managers of rental properties throughout Austin recently met with representatives from local housing organizations to learn about the options for making housing units available for those at risk of becoming homeless.An Oct. 31 panel organized by the Austin…

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin abandons South Austin shelter as it prepares to buy hotels to house the homeless

Austin is no longer pursuing a 100-bed shelter in South Austin and could opt instead to provide housing in motels for homeless Austinites.The move comes after a suggestion from the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, the nonprofit that coordinates Austin and Travis…

Friday, November 8, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Gov. Abbott says he’ll use five acres of state-owned land to temporarily house homeless Austinites

Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said the state will use five acres of state land at U.S. Highway 183 and Montopolis Drive as a temporary campsite for homeless Austinites. The site would serve as a stopgap until a privately backed effort…

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