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Council gives temporary extension to ARCH operator

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City Council gave the nonprofit operator of the city’s downtown homeless shelter a six-month extension last week. The vote to keep Front Steps at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless through the end of next March slipped through without fanfare on the consent agenda. Front Steps has been running the ARCH since the facility opened its doors in 2004. Last October, however, Council took action to begin redefining the scope of services provided at the shelter as well as to invite other vendors to bid alongside Front Steps on a new contract to run the ARCH. The six-month extension worth just over $1 million will keep Front Steps in place while those processes continue to play out.

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