At their August 31 Special Called Emergency Meeting, the Austin City Council unanimously passed lease agreements for a mega-sheltering site in south Austin. The 160,000 square-foot facility provides scalable options for addressing humanitarian needs associated with Harvey sheltering operations. Across Texas, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey has displaced thousands of Texans. The new, temporary shelter will allow guests easier access to Austin-Travis County and other regional services.
Situated on 14 acres, the new mega-shelter provides additional space for support operations. The facility includes on-site parking with 660 parking spaces. This will allow bus/mass transit accessibility as well as guest parking. In addition, the location is equipped with 18 loading docks for supply deliveries, as well as closer proximity to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Highway 183.
The State of Texas’ sheltering request has been updated from 7,000 to an expected 1,500-2,000 guests with an arrival window of 7-10 days. Austin-Travis County is awaiting specific arrival/departure dates. The State of Texas will reimburse the City for lease expenses.
Austin-Travis County continues to work with city and county partners throughout Texas to help house, feed, and return guests to their homes. As shelter facilities open closer to guests’ homes, many will relocate back to coastal communities. The City/County’s goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible.
Austin and Travis County remain committed to providing support throughout this process. Residents wishing to help those affected by Harvey can visit austintexas.gov/help and Mayor Adler’s website at mayoradler.com.