Tag Archives: homelessness

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…

Monday, March 4, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Real estate group hears tough talk from homeless advocates

As one of the city’s leading advocates for the homeless, Ann Howard knows not to waste an opportunity when she gets in front of a room full of people who can help her cause. So she didn’t mince words last…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Austin’s homeless population still growing

Despite the expenditure of millions of city and federal dollars, and the fact that Austin’s efforts are frequently cited as best practices in other cities, homelessness is still on the rise here.Ann Howard, executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin doesn’t effectively help people get out of homelessness – or measure progress

A new audit of the homelessness service providers in Austin says the city doesn’t always hold providers accountable.The report from the City Auditor found nine of the city’s largest contracts in 2017 met city benchmarks for service only about half…

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council wants more cooperation, action at watershed homeless sites

City Council members sitting on the Health and Human Services Committee told city staff last week they want more urgency and cross-department team work in the execution of a new pilot program to clean up homeless encampments located in the…

Monday, February 11, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Watershed department works with city to clean up homeless camps

The number of people experiencing homelessness is growing in the city of Austin. Last fall, recognizing the crisis on the streets and the pressure on city resources, City Council approved an increased budget to help relieve the situation.In addition to…

Monday, February 4, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City putting high expectations on pending ‘homelessness czar’ position

By the end of this month, the city is expected to name a new “homelessness czar” – or homeless strategy officer in city hiring speak. The new hire will become the point person to coordinate programs from the city and…

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by Andrew Weber

New city agreement with ARCH would shift focus to housing

The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on renewing the contract for Front Steps, the operator of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. The new agreement could bring systemic changes to the city’s homeless shelter.One of those changes would…

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council considering emergency shelter resolution

The number of homeless people in Austin continues to grow, yet shelter for these people has not kept pace, according to data gathered by the city and the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, or ECHO. On any given day, there were…

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Waller Creek taxes ID’d to possibly fund $30M in housing for homeless

City staff members have recommended that City Council consider using funds from the tax increment refinancing zone (TIRZ) created for the Waller Creek improvement project and system of parks as the biggest funding source for providing housing and services for…

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

People living on the streets can now clean up Austin’s parks for an hourly wage

People experiencing homelessness can now work for the city of Austin.The city’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with Austin Public Health, The Other Ones Foundation and City Council Member Ellen Troxclair, highlighted the pilot program Monday in South Austin.Joe Pacheco,…

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City seeks grants, partnerships to implement tech solutions for homeless

The city’s Innovation Office has applied for a $400,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with the goal of directing the money toward implementing a suite of blockchain technology solutions to help the city’s homeless population.The grant application is…

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