basic needs are met

Our Basic Needs Are Met




of Travis County Residents WERE HOMELESS ON A GIVEN DAY

Source: Project HELP


  • (ECHO) serves as the lead planning entity that coordinates the application process for, and management of the Continuum of Care (CoC) homeless services funding through HUD. ECHO helps homeless agencies implement Coordinated Assessment, a tool that ensures people are referred to the most appropriate services.
  • The City of Austin has purchased four hotels with the intention to convert them into bridge and permanent housing for folks experiencing homelessness since 2020, adding dozens of new units to the Homelessness Response System.
  • Austin/Travis county was among the eight communities selected to participate in the first cohort of the HUD Racial Equity Demonstration Project. The project required those involved to take a critical look at the local Homeless Response System and identify gaps, recognize what communities have been left out of the table, and solicit partnership and feedback.
  • The Salvation Army began implementation of a $2.5M, 5-year grant from the Bezos Day One Fund to provide housing assistance, child-centric services, COVID-19 and emergency shelter operations needs for families experiencing homelessness at their Rathgeber Center and the Austin Shelter for Women and Children.