Advocacy Hub

Want to get involved in our community’s work to end homelessness? Here’s how to do it.

This page serves as ECHO’s advocacy hub, an updating list of ways to learn more about your neighbors experiencing homelessness and how you can help us advocate for them year-round. You’ll find data, sample language to send your elected officials, volunteer opportunities around Austin and Travis County, and ways you can donate to the organizations making a difference every day for our unhoused neighbors.

We’re fiercely committed to ending homelessness; are you?

Learn

Data and Reports

Explore ECHO's Data and Reports page, including Austin's Action Plan to End Homelessness, PIT Count reports, and information on racial disparities in our homeless response system.

Voices From the Street

A collaboration between the Austin Youth Collective and Dell Medical School, this interactive webpage walks through some common experiences and barriers our unhoused neighbors face.

Homelessness in Austin

Get the fast facts about who experiences homelessness in Austin.

Housing First

Learn more about this national best practice housing strategy from our partners at the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Austin's History of Homelessness

This website, compiled by Shuronda Robinson and the team at Adisa Communications, describes the history of homelessness in the U.S. and Austin, from the year 1383 to today.

Act

Volunteer

Sign up on ECHO's GivePulse page to learn of new volunteer opportunities with our partners as they become available.

Donate

ECHO's partner organizations know what they need to serve our unhoused neighbors. Give to one of these organizations here.

Advocate

Find and contact your elected officials on this page, as well as sample letters you can send to advocate for our community's efforts to end homelessness.

How to House - Austin Justice Coalition partnership

Use your voice to encourage property owners and managers to partner with ECHO to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness and advance antiracist housing policies and practices

Make a Personal Connection

Just talking to one of your unhoused neighbors can make a big difference in that person's life.