Our neighbors may find themselves homeless for many reasons. An unexpected medical bill, escaping physical abuse, alcohol or drug addiction; or a combination of these situations. Some may have struggled for much of their lives. Others may have been doing fine until, suddenly, they weren’t. There’s no easy explanation and everyone’s story will be different. In Austin, we believe the necessities of life must be affordable and accessible to all. Whatever led someone to live on the streets, we’ll do what we can to help them back on their feet.
We do this because it’s the right thing to do; there’s a moral imperative to address this issue. We do it because we know Austin can’t become the most livable City in the country if some of our citizens are abandoned when they need help the most. And we do it because a united City where everyone can thrive is better – for everyone. A united city is better than a divided City where the less fortunate are ignored, stigmatized, or criminalized.