Working Together to Make Homelessness Rare, Brief and Nonrecurring

Looking to help end the experience and impact of homelessness in our community? We're here to help you do just that.

This National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the City of Austin is hosting a series of conversations about what’s happening in Austin to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Featuring leaders from local homeless-serving organizations, each conversation will be broadcast on ATXN and recorded for future viewing.

Homelessness in Austin: Understanding the Crisis and How We Got Here

Noon – 1pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 

 

Homelessness is a systemic problem that touches every major city in Texas. Homelessness can stem from both institutional deficiencies and adverse life events such as a health issue, the loss of a job, or the need to escape domestic violence. Learn more about homelessness and what it looks like in Austin, the systemic and individual factors that lead to homelessness, and the unique challenges facing our community. 

Speakers: 

  • Susan McDowell, Executive Director, LifeWorks
  • Michelle Myles, Acting Program Manager, Homeless Services Division, Austin Public Health
  • Ellen Richards, Chief Strategy Officer, Integral Care
  • Julia Spann, Co-CEO, SAFE

Moderated by Kathryn Flowers, Program Administrator, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dell Medical School, Voices from the Street

Homelessness in Austin: What’s Happening - Programs in Action

Noon – 1pm on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

 

Everyday, committed individuals and organizations are doing work to address homelessness in Austin. This ranges from addressing the needs of those experiencing chronic homelessness to preventing people from entering homelessness. Learn more about homeless-serving organizations, their programs, and the impact already felt in our community.  
 
Speakers:

Moderated by Judy Maggio, Host, ATX Together at Austin PBS

Homelessness in Austin: Innovations and What’s on the Horizon

Noon – 1pm on Friday, November 20, 2020 

 

Homelessness is a complex problem with numerous agencies and nonprofits working to tackle the root causes and meet people where they are. While there may not be a universal remedy for homelessness in every community, technology and innovation can help fill in the gaps. Learn about plans in motion, innovations in testing, and new approaches to addressing homelessness in our community.

Speakers:

Moderated by Taylor Cook, Design Project Manager, Design Institute for Health
 


This Holiday Season visit the How to Help Austin page through GivePulse for opportunities to help organizations throughout Central Texas  


Donations Needed: Cold Weather Clothes

Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center serves our neighbors experiencing homeless with various services including meals, hygiene supplies, mail service, and more. This fall we are building our supply of cold weather clothes to keep everyone warm as the seasons change. If you are interested to donate new or lightly used clothing or funds to purchase clothes please.  

•    Donate
•    Wish List
•    Sleeping Bags(new or used in a bag)
•    Jackets
•    Warm socks
•    Beanie Hats

Shipping items to the church is preferred, but they can also be dropped off in-person. Ship or deliver to 4430 Menchaca Rd. Austin, Texas. Call ahead before delivering in-person 512-522-1097.


Trinity Center is seeking new or gently used donations that include warm items for Winter:

  • Men's and Women's jackets 
  • scarves
  • hats/beanies 
  • gloves
  • thick socks
  • blankets
  • sleeping bags and tents 
  • unused hygiene items 

Donations can be dropped off in person Monday - Friday 9am-1pm at 304 E 7th St; or call Valerie Leal at 737-808-3462 to coordinate a pick-up.


Week of Action to Support Ending Homelessness

In 2020 the City of Austin joined partner agencies and community organizations to engage Austinites in taking actions to help make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Every specific action looked different, but centered around daily themes learning, creating, sharing, calling, giving and thanking.

You can take meaningful action any day of the year; here are some suggestions:

  • Learn more about homelessness in Austin and what's happening to address it. 
  • Connect with and support one of the many great organizations operating in Austin.
  • Reach out to your elected leaders to make sure they know they support the policies and investments that will end homelessness in our community.
  • Show kindness and compassion to those experiencing homelessness among us; it isn’t always easy, but it does more to make progress than the alternative.

Check back here for more opportunities to get involved with efforts to help people in our city.