The Equity Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Austin/Travis County Homelessness Response System Leadership Council. Meetings are open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend to share subject matter and/or lived expertise. The committee’s voting members include people with lived experience of homelessness, equity advocates, direct service provider staff, and other advocates working to end homelessness in our community.
This committee meets monthly on the second Thursday.
Purpose & Responsibilities
The purpose of the Equity Committee is to eliminate racial disparities within the Homelessness Response System (HRS), to increase the safety and accessibility of the HRS to LGBTQ+ clients, and to address intersections of marginalization of groups that would not be served equitably without explicit focus.
Specific priorities are updated yearly in the Leadership Council Roadmap.
Workgroups will be created by committees as necessary to achieve the committee’s Roadmap priorities. They will be tasked to discuss and provide recommendations to the committees for decisions.
Current Equity Committee Workgroups
- APAT Development Workgroup
- Best Practices for Working with Trans Clients
- Equity Review Tool Workgroup
- PLE Support Space
How to Join
All committee and workgroup meetings are open to the public. You can join using the links in the calendar at the top of the page. To have your email address added to the invitation so you receive notifications of changes or cancelations, please use the Meeting Invitation Interest Form below.
To apply for a voting seat on the Crisis Response Committee, please fill out the Voting Seat Interest Form below.
Meeting Invitation Interest Form
Voting Seat Interest Form