To provide dynamic, proactive leadership that engages policy makers and the community to end homelessness


A community fiercely focused on ending homelessness

About ECHO

The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) is the lead agency that plans and implements community-wide strategies to end homelessness in Austin and Travis County.  We are the backbone for the homeless services system and work closely with nonprofits and government agencies to coordinate assistance and housing for people experiencing homelessness in our community. ECHO manages the community-wide database on homelessness and uses research and evidence-based practices to advocate for the resources to bring the system to scale and meet the need. We believe it is the community’s responsibility to provide a compassionate response and ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and only happens once.

Our Mission is to provide dynamic, proactive leadership that engages policymakers and the community to end homelessness.

Our work:

  • We are designated by the community to act as the lead agency for coordinating federal funding dedicated to ending homelessness.  ECHO strives for strategic and effective use of that funding to improve outcomes.
  • We coordinate the system that connects individuals who are homeless to agencies and services, and we conduct assessments and provide referrals.
  • We manage the Homeless Management Information System, a database used by 34 partners that tracks the needs of those experiencing homelessness and is used to monitor and evaluate system performance.
  • We work with property owners and managers to develop and maintain a portfolio of housing options.
  • We engage a diverse community of experts and facilitate workgroups and task forces to create and implement strategies for system change.
  • We educate and train stakeholders and community members about the best practices for ending homelessness.
  • We conduct research, write reports, and work on public policy to advance our mission.
  • We advocate at City Hall and with other community leaders for adequate funding and policies to address homelessness in AustinWe are a resource to the media and strive to increase public awareness on the issue of homelessness. 


ECHO is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2011. ECHO has 28 staff members working in all areas of homelessness policy, planning, and services.