Positive Benefits of Creating Art

Positive Benefits of Creating Art

August 31, 2019

You don’t have to be Picasso or Van Gogh to enjoy the process of creating art. Picking up a paintbrush, pencil, pen or watercolor set isn’t reserved for the elite, and there are no boundaries in the art world as to who can create art.

Self-expression is an important part of human nature, and it’s a base human desire that everyone experiences in their life. You don’t have to be in art school, or create marble sculptures or encompass a natural-born knack for creating realistic paintings; whatever you create is an extension of you, and it is beautiful in that regard.

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Blockchain to be Tested in Austin to Help Homeless Individuals Access Important Documents

Blockchain to be Tested in Austin to Help Homeless Individuals Access Important Documents

August 22, 2019

The city of Austin has announced that they will soon be testing a brand new initiative as a way to help ensure that those affected by homelessness will be able to access important types of documentation.

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Austin's Homelessness Advisory Committee Gives a Voice to Homeless Individuals

Austin's Homelessness Advisory Committee Gives a Voice to Homeless Individuals

July 31, 2019

It’s no secret that Austin has been trying to increase their effort towards helping homeless individuals get off the street and to a better place in their lives. Homelessness in Austin is an increasingly pressing issue, and in 2018 there were approximately 2,147 homeless people living in the city, and increase by more than 100 people from the year before.

Austin has been trying to address the homelessness issue in Austin for years with lackluster results, not for the lack of trying. The city is now shifting their focus away from managing the issue, and are focusing more on solving it, which is where the Austin Homelessness Advisory Group is showing to be an integral part to that effort.

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Austin City Council Approves New Ben White Boulevard Homeless Shelter

Austin City Council Approves New Ben White Boulevard Homeless Shelter

July 16, 2019

The Austin City Council has officially approved the purchase of a $8.6 million property located in South Austin to house a new homeless shelter.

 

The shelter, which will be located just off Ben White Boulevard, will be constructed inside an already-existing building and marks the latest effort from the city to help assist the people of Austin who are directly affected by homelessness. This includes the goal of constructing shelters in all ten City Council Districts.

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Good News and Bad News for Austin's Homeless

Good News and Bad News for Austin's Homeless

June 26, 2019

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”.

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New East Austin Apartment Complex To Help Address Local Homelessness Issue

New East Austin Apartment Complex To Help Address Local Homelessness Issue

June 20, 2019

In what is expected to be the very first project in Central Texas designed to help address the area's homelessness issue, a brand new apartment complex that will be constructed in East Austin will provide housing to individuals who are currently experiencing issues that include not only homelessness, but also situations related to substance abuse and mental illness.

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Austin's Plans for Ending Homelessness

Austin's Plans for Ending Homelessness

May 30, 2019

While efforts have been taken by the City of Austin to assist the local homeless community in finding homes and getting them back on their feet, according the KVUE ABC, an audit from the Office of the City Auditor shows that there is space for development from the current city programs.

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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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