Individuals who live in the city of Austin and are currently homeless have all sorts of housing assistance options available to them, despite what they may have thought or heard previously. Many resources in the area are designed to help both families and individuals suffering from homelessness receive housing that is both long-term and sustainable for as long as possible.
Here are some of the types of housing assistance that are currently available for Austin's homeless population.
*Regardless of what an applicant has gone through in their personal life (drug use, alcohol issues, etc.), anyone who submits an application for housing assistance while homeless will be accepted.
*If an applicant has a poor financial or credit history, criminal conviction, poor absent rental history, etc., this does not mean that their application for assistance will be rejected.
*There are discretionary funds available to assist clients who either have no income or who are suffering from some type of financial difficulty. Additionally, they are provided with a reasonable amount of flexibility in terms of paying their share of the rent.
*Supportive services, such as those offering assistance with both problem-solving and engagement, are offered; however, a client does not have to participate in these types of services if they do not wish to.
*No tenant will be evicted if they use either alcohol or drugs by themselves, provided they do not have any other type of lease violation.
*Tenant selection is based on factors such as how long they have been homeless for, how vulnerable they are, etc.
*Housing units may come equipped with features that help to reduce harm, promote good health, and accommodate various types of disabilities.
*If a tenant needs to be transferred to another housing unit from the one they are currently living in due to their current living situation being jeopardized for any reason, all efforts will be made to ensure that this is done.
On Thursday, June 20th the City of Austin approved an ordinance that would amend the city’s codes on camping in public areas, solicitation, sitting or lying down on public sidewalks and camping in downtown Austin.
Under the new ordinance, according to KXAN, the Austin Police Department will not be allowed to give our tickets or arrest homeless individuals who are soliciting, camping, sitting or lying in a public space in Austin unless they are causing a public health or safety hazard. An offense would only qualify for an arrest or ticket if they’re endangering the health and safety someone else or if they’re “intentionally making a public area impassable or unsable”.