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Salvation Army’s new shelter about to open

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Tomorrow the Salvation Army is expected to open the doors of the Rathgeber Center for families in Austin who are experiencing homelessness. The $12 million shelter, which is located in East Austin, will offer 212 beds and was created to help a portion of the city’s homeless community that frequently has few options at shelters that don’t allow both men and women on-site. Last year the city worked to find $1 million in funding to help open the center and pay for some if its estimated $4.9 million in annual operating costs, though Council members have said the city is unlikely to make additional contributions. The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation donated $100,000 and helped raise another $300,000 toward the center’s operating budget.

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