City of Austin is Cleaning Out Homeless Communities

City of Austin is Cleaning Out Homeless Communities

May 16, 2019

The Public Works Department for the City of Austin is working on cleaning up debris under various overpasses throughout Austin, including areas where homeless individuals have created small communities and camps. According to Fox 7 Austin, “the city said, while they work to find additional shelter options, protecting health and safety in those areas is a priority.”

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Youth and Veteran Homelessness Numbers Down In Austin

Youth and Veteran Homelessness Numbers Down In Austin

April 23, 2019

Homelessness is a known humanitarian issue in Austin, and according to the numbers, there’s some good news and some bad news regarding the battle to decrease the number of homeless individuals in the Texas capitol city.

 The good news is that, according to KVUE ABC, there was an overall 25% reduction in youth homelessness, and a decrease in homeless veterans in Austin between 2018 and 2019.

 The city of Austin began a program in 2017 with LifeWorks to help lower the number of homeless youth on the streets, and that program appears to be working.

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Mobile Showers Serve Austin's Homeless Community

Mobile Showers Serve Austin's Homeless Community

April 12, 2019

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New Program Seeks To Transform Homeless Panhandlers In Austin Into Downtown Street Vendors

New Program Seeks To Transform Homeless Panhandlers In Austin Into Downtown Street Vendors

March 26, 2019

A new program that is targeted to be launched by the end of this coming summer will help to provide members of Austin’s homeless community with both carts and backpacks filled with items such as water bottles and ice cream that they can sell throughout the downtown area, effectively transforming them into street vendors and enabling them to have a way to make a living.

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Myths Surrounding Homelessness

Myths Surrounding Homelessness

March 08, 2019

Recent policies in Austin regarding homelessness and how to address it, reflect the changing views on how to help people struggling with homelessness. Previously, many cities focused on short-term care. By investing in research in to homelessness, cities have discovered that there are many myths about homelessness; what causes it, what prolongs it and the best way to help people going through it.

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How Creating Art Builds Confidence

How Creating Art Builds Confidence

February 20, 2019

Participating in a form of art is necessary at every stage of life. Humans are creative creatures that have a deep need to create and share what they create. Art is a great way for humans to discover their value whether you are 1 years old, 21 years old or 120 years old. The urge to create never fades.

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$13.5 Million ARCH Shelter Funding Approved For Next 5 Years

$13.5 Million ARCH Shelter Funding Approved For Next 5 Years

February 05, 2019

Facing a five percent increase in the homeless population of Austin each year, the city council agreed to move homelessness to priority number one, as viewed in last week’s meeting.

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The Greatest Health Dangers Facing the Homeless and How You Can Help

The Greatest Health Dangers Facing the Homeless and How You Can Help

January 24, 2019

Living on the streets comes with many health complications, most of which people with stable housing never think twice about. If you know you have a place to call home with heat and running water many of these ailments wouldn’t cross your mind.

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New East Austin Apartment Complex to House Homeless

New East Austin Apartment Complex to House Homeless

January 07, 2019

Integral Care, the Local Mental Health Authority for Travis County, has partnered with the City of Austin to create Terrace at Oaks Springs, a 4-story, 40,000 sq. ft. apartment complex. This is a 50 resident complex to house homeless citizens, half of which will be veterans.

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How to Give the Gift of Art This Holiday Season

How to Give the Gift of Art This Holiday Season

December 19, 2018

There is an art to giving gifts. Give something personal and thoughtful this year to your gift list. Gifting art can be intimidating so we’re here to guide you on how to make sure they’ll love it! Art is a great gift for family members, significant others, co-workers and mentors. It’s a timeless gift that will bring them happiness for years to come.

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Mobile Homeless Healthcare Initiative Announced for Austin

Mobile Homeless Healthcare Initiative Announced for Austin

December 14, 2018

A local med school and health centers are teaming up to bring a mobile healthcare unit to the streets of Austin that provides much needed health services to the homeless community.

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Second Phase of Homeless Tiny-Home Village Breaks Ground

Second Phase of Homeless Tiny-Home Village Breaks Ground

November 15, 2018

Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a faith-based non-profit organization in the city of Austin focusing on ending homelessness, has officially broken ground on the second small-home village, which will be designed to serve residents of Austin who are currently homeless. The little village is called the Community First! Village.

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