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New Homeless Outreach Pilot Program Hits the Streets of Downtown Austin
June 28, 2016

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Launched at the beginning of this month, the Homelessness Outreach Street Team, or HOST, is a new, collaborative initiative to address the needs of people living on the streets of downtown Austin.  

 

The team consists of two police officers, two behavioral health specialists, a paramedic, and an outreach social worker provided by the Austin Police Department, Austin Travis County Integral Care, Austin/Travis County EMS, and Downtown Austin Alliance.  

 

In a recent interview with Community Impact News, Bill Brice, Downtown Austin Alliance's VP of Operations, said, "Downtown Austin Alliance anticipates that the HOST program will have a positive impact in the downtown district because of its proactive approach to helping people from getting to the point of crisis or violating ordinances." 

 

The test project runs from June 1 through September 30, 2016 within the boundaries of the Colorado River, Lamar Blvd., 29th Street, and I-35.  Based on the success of the program, the agencies involved would look for funding support to fill the social service gaps and make HOST a permanent program.  

 

Click here to visit the project website. To see the infographic, click here.