On any given night, more than 2,100 Austinites are homeless. Many have been homeless for more than one year.
Doing nothing is not an option. So, the City of Austin and Travis County are serving Austin with compassion and action through a sensible, safe, stable housing approach called Roof Over Austin.
On March 25, 2010, the Austin City Council passed a historic resolution directing staff to develop a strategy that would prioritize the City's affordable housing resources - including federal and local monies - for permanent supportive housing (PSH). The unanimous action was the result of several interconnected initiatives that culminated in Austin elected officials pledging to create 350 units by 2014 for residents most vulnerable to homelessness
By the end of 2014, the 350-unit goal was surpassed. In October of 2014, the Council continued their commitment to this effort by approving a second resolution, setting a new goal of creating 400 more PSH units, to include 200 Housing First PSH units, in the next four years.
The City Council received an update on the Permanent Supportive Housing Strategy & Goal in an August 2014 Memorandum.
For more information on Permanent Supportive Housing, view the Frequently Asked Questions here.
- October 2, 2014: Establishing the PSH 400 Unit Goal
- March 20, 2014: PSH Housing First RFP
- December 15, 2011: Geographic Dispersion
- October 12, 2011: Support of the 100 Homes Campaign
- March 10, 2011: Adoption of the PSH Strategy and Establishment of the Leadership Committee on PSH Finance
- January 13, 2011: Community Engagement
- March 25, 2010: Establishing the 350 Unit Goal
- June 2015: Memo to Mayor and Council re: Permanent Supportive Housing Funding Strategy
- August 2014: Report on the Status of Permanent Supportive Housing in Austin
- August 2014: Housing the Hardest to Serve: Using Permanent Supportive Housing to Address Chronic Homelessness in the City of Austin
- August 2014: Permanent Supportive Housing in Austin, Texas
- September 2010: City of Austin Permanent Supportive Housing Strategy
- August 2010: Austin/Travis County ECHO Housing Report, Services for Permanent Supportive Housing
- March 2010: Permanent Supportive Housing Program and Financial Model Austin/Travis County, Texas (Executive Summary)