Austin Local News
Program Created To House Homeless Vets in Austin Exceeds Goal
The city of Austin exceeds it's goal of housing over 200 veterans this year.
Syd Majid with Mayor Steve Adler's office says "Not only is this a big thing, but it's a moral imperative for our community to make sure that no member of our armed forces, no veteran sleeps on the streets of Austin. And over the past few months, through an unprecedented coalition of stakeholders, we've been able to help identify 200 apartment units of housing to help house our veterans."
Paul Caduro with the Austin Apartment Association says his group has helped find housing and reduce the number of days people are waiting for housing, "The duration to house those that have been identified is the lowest it's ever been. They've moved the needle from more than 230 days to find housing for a veteran in need of permanent housing to less than 90."
Bree Williams with the Ending Community Homeless Coalition says this year they're housing 376 homeless vets, "We've been challenged with coming up with local innovative strategies to meet that goal. Keeping in mind our cities unique nature and strengths and talents. And so we have absolutely created a robust system to meet that challenge and we believe will carry on into the future."
The system includes identifying people needing homes and the units to house them. Anyone interested in becoming part of the program can find out more here.