Slight Chance Rain Showers
86
/ 70 °F
Slight Chance Rain Showers

Sep 22

East 6th

Brazos to IH-35

San Jacinto

East 5th St to East 7th

Trinity

East 5th St to East 7th

Sep 28

Congress Ave

8th St to 11th St

9th Street

100 W 9th St to 110 E 9th St

10th Street

100 W 10th St to 100 E 10th St

VIEW ALL

PLANNED STREET CLOSURES
 

Downtown offers the best of Austin, amplified. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. Rock out or relax – it’s your call. LET’S GO

Close

Downtown is the epicenter of Austin’s 24/7 idea exchange. This is where enterprises headquarter and entrepreneurs incubate, all harnessing our city’s incredible talent pool, business-friendly infrastructure and uniquely collaborative culture. LET’S GO

Close

Downtown Austin offers residences to suit any style, whether you’re renting or putting down roots. This is where city excitement meets creature comforts – your walkable new neighborhood puts both nightly entertainment and daily essentials within easy reach.LET’S GO

Close

News

Downtown Austin Alliance Issues Challenge Grant to House the Chronically Homeless
January 11, 2016

Categories

Categories: 
News

Topics

Topics: 
Homelessness
Housing First
Oak Springs
Facebook icon
Twitter icon
LinkedIn icon
e-mail icon

The Downtown Austin Alliance Board of Directors recently approved funding for a $150,000 challenge grant to house the chronically homeless in our community. Funds pledged by the DAA will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for other private sector contributions made to the Oak Springs Housing First project being developed by Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC).

 

The Oak Springs project marks a milestone in Austin’s efforts to end homelessness. The 50-unit apartment complex will be the first Housing First project in Austin. Housing First is an evidence based practice being implemented across the country to provide permanent housing with comprehensive services for people that are chronically homeless. Oak Springs will offer case management, substance abuse, mental health, medical facilities and care, and other supportive services needed to help ensure the clients’ success.

 

The DAA has for many years been a consistent advocate in support of increased Housing First. The organization has supported efforts of ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition), the City of Austin’s Housing First and Permanent Supportive Housing goals and initiatives, and has helped fund a Housing First pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of this model. ATCIC anticipates breaking ground on the Oak Springs project Spring 2016 and completion of the project in summer 2017.

 

At a November 2015 project launch conference, City of Austin Mayor, Steve Adler, stated, “What Austin Travis County Integral Care is doing for our community is so important and it needs your help. By providing a home and supportive services, Integral Care is taking the most critical step in reducing homelessness. We know that it costs less to provide permanent supportive housing than it costs to cycle people through the criminal justice system and emergency rooms. Housing First has worked in other cities around the country, and it will work here in Austin.”

 

For more information on the Oak Springs Housing First project and how you can donate, please visit: http://housingfirstatx.org/.