Giving homes to homeless Austin veterans

Veteran, American Flag
FILE. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As we honor our military veterans today, Austin’s Mayor has set out a big goal for the homeless veterans in our city.

Earlier this year Mayor Steve Adler took the challenge of finding homes for about 200 homeless veterans. Adler thought he could do it by today, but the mayor announced there are still about 100 vets that need homes.

Advocates for homeless veterans march in the Veterans Day Parade.
Advocates for homeless veterans march in the Veterans Day Parade.

While the Mayor says he hopes to find homes by the end of the year, what he says he discovered on this journey is probably the most valuable.

There are two big challenges facing the Mayor. Finding apartments when occupancy rates are at about 97 percent in Austin. It has also been challenging to find landlords willing to take city vouchers and rent their property for $800 or less per month.

The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition or ECHO says finding homes for those without is the first step before anything else is done.

The new goal for the mayor and city officials, is to end veteran homelessness by the New Year.

There are plenty of ways the community can help house veterans. If you have housing that would be good for a Veteran, call the Mayor’s office (512) 974-2250 or visit ECHO website.

ECHO is also looking for any donations to help with the cause.

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