Austin City Council members call for action to address homelessness


AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the first meeting of 2019, Austin City Council members Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, Gregorio “Greg” Casar, Sabino “Pio” Renteria and Mayor Steve Adler are calling for a pilot project to create a new immediate shelter and support services for people experiencing homelessness.

The resolution (Item 78) directs city departments to develop the project with Austin social service agencies in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The project timeline calls for the immediate shelter and services with the intent of providing a pathway to permanent housing open by September 30.

“The time for action is now,” said Kitchen. “Austin is seeing an increasing number of people in our community experiencing homelessness. This council has made reducing homelessness a top priority and providing immediate shelter and services is a critical action supported by national and local studies. Austin is a great city; no person should have to live under a highway.”

“The community wants bigger, more effective and more immediate responses to Austin’s homelessness challenge and the council needs to act,” Mayor Adler said.

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