Category Archives: Housing Heroes Austin

The Housing Heroes project is the Mayor’s initiative to end veteran homelessness in Austin by the end of 2015. Stay tunes for progress and learn how you can help by subscribing to From the Desk of Mayor Adler.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Nonprofits working to fight hunger and end homelessness in Austin.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Front Steps provides emergency shelter, affordable housing, recuperative medical care, supportive services, and promotes community awareness.
  • Salvation Army provides for basic needs, emergency shelter, emergency disaster services, rehabilitation, spiritual needs, and youth services without discrimination.
  • Caritas of Austin aims to prevent and end homelessness for people in Greater Austin by providing housing, food, education, employment, resettlement for refugees, and Veterans Assistance.
  • Austin ECHO provides dynamic, proactive leadership that engages policy makers and the community to end homelessness.
    • Donate to Austin ECHO or the Rehousing Austin Fund.
  • Casa Marianella provides emergency shelter, food, and full supportive services to immigrants experiencing homelessness.
  • Foundation for Homeless Austin provides meals, limited medical services, family rehousing, and rapid rehousing services for people experiencing homelessness in Austin.
  • Lifeworks provides housing, education, workforce development, and counselling to children and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Green Doors provides affordable housing, supportive services, meals, and education to people experiencing homelessness.
  • Central Texas Food Bank nourishes hungry people and leads the community in the fight against hunger.
  • Keep Austin Fed provides nutritious meals to hungry Austinites.
  • Meals on Wheels and More provides meals to home-bound Austinites.
  • Austin Empty Bowl Project raises funds for Meals on Wheels and More and the Central Texas Food Bank while raising awareness for hunger in Austin.
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity builds safe and stable homes for stronger communities in Austin.
  • House the Homeless educates and advocates around the issues of ending and preventing homelessness.
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes provides meals, homes, and a community to people who are disabled and chronically homeless.
  • Saint Louise House provides housing and essential services to women with children who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Sustainable Food Center works to strengthen the local food system and improve access to nutritious, affordable food.
  • Farmshare Austin increases food access, teaches new farmers and preserves farmland.

Statement by Mayor Adler on Veterans Day Parade

I am looking forward to honoring veterans this Veterans Day weekend by helping out however I can be helpful at the Central Texas Food Bank, which serves a large number of our local veteran community.

I will not be marching in the Congress Avenue parade because that parade will include groups carrying the Confederate flag. Veterans Day should only be about honoring United States Military Veterans. Symbols of racism, Civil War secession, and white supremacy should not be forgotten or erased, but they need to be remembered and studied in museums and classrooms not cheered and applauded in parades. Continue reading

Mayor: Solve Downtown Puzzle by making tourists pay to house homeless

On Monday, Mayor Adler proposed a solution to the Downtown Puzzle, his name for the interconnected and geographically contiguous challenges in the eastern part of downtown Austin. After months of discussions with community groups represented at a City Hall press conference, the Mayor proposed harnessing downtown economic activity, including an expansion of the convention center, to raise $30 million for permanent supportive housing for the homeless and create an ongoing funding stream to address homelessness that starts at about $4 million a year until 2021 when it doubles. The Mayor’s proposal, which requires Council action, does not include any property tax increase.

“We have figured out how to put the Downtown Puzzle together by making tourists pay to house the homeless and by harnessing the power of Austin to benefit all Austinites. This plan won’t raise your property taxes, will expand our tax base, and makes a big down payment on the moral imperative to house the homeless,” said Mayor Adler.

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