Housing Austin Fund

We did it! As a result of the efforts of our committed Mayor Adler, our skilled service providers and generous community leaders, in September of 2016, our community announced the successful implementation of a system that makes homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring for Veterans.  With this incredible momentum, ECHO is moving full speed ahead to prioritize the formation of these effective systems for families with children, youth, and for those experiencing chronic homelessness. 

Click here to learn more about what ending veteran homelessness for our community.

As the primary strategy to end homelessness is to increase housing opportunities, we present two asks to our generous community working with us to end homelessness in Austin/ Travis County.

Our Ask of Donors

Many landlords have reached out to see how they can help, but have voiced concerns about the potential risk associated with accepting applications from households who are working to exit homelessness.  Having successfully housed 682 veteran households in 18 months with the help of the Housing Our Heroes Fund, ECHO and the community can attest to the success of this additional community support for landlords.  Mayor Adler helped raise nearly $300,000 to house Veterans; the initial goal for the Housing Austin Fund is $250,000.  We could not have done it without donors who contributed to the Housing Our Heroes Fund, a risk mitigation fund that essentially acts as a guarantor for leases signed with individuals served by the Housing Our Heroes Fund. We know that with the creation of the Housing Austin Fund, we will have the same success permanently housing youth, families with children, and all of our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Please donate now to the Housing Austin Fund.

Our Ask of Landlords

The other critical piece of this puzzle is the housing, housing that includes apartments, single family homes, duplexes, RV’s, garage apartments, and any dwelling that provides a safe and decent home. We are currently looking for landlords and property owners willing to partner with the Housing Austin Fund to help end homelessness. As a partnering landlord, you can receive access to the Housing Austin Fund, as well as access to support from skilled professional working to stabilize individuals and families in housing.

Learn more about how the Housing Austin Fund can support you.


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Please contact the Department of Community Housing with any questions:

Bree Williams, Director of Community Housing (512) 940-9690

Abby Tatkow, Community Housing Liaison & Realtor (512) 710-5779

Or send us an email at housing@austinecho.org.