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About Us

Our Story

Our story started as a vision to help end homelessness in Austin, Texas. Front Steps was formed in 1997 as the Capital Area Homeless Alliance in response to a recommendation of the Community Action Network’s 1996 Comprehensive Plan for Addressing Homelessness. Our mission is to provide a pathway home.

Our Mission

Based on the belief that all people deserve the dignity of a safe place to call home, Front Steps’ mission is to create a pathway home through shelter, affordable housing, and community education.

Our Vision

Our vision is that no person in our community should ever have to spend the night on the streets.

Who We Are

Front Steps is a non-profit 501c3 organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness by providing a variety of services and resources uniquely catered to every individual in Austin, Texas. Our services provide support to our clients by moving them from homelessness to safe, affordable long-term housing and/or keeping our clients home.

Front Steps operates supportive housing programs for chronically homeless individuals and coordinates with other community homeless services providers to access both transitional and permanent housing options.

Our Impact


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What We Do

Front Steps offers various transitional services to restore hope to our clients and assist them with moving from homelessness to permanent housing. These services include Front Steps’ Case Management program. Front Steps extends its services by partnering with other local nonprofit organizations that provide vital services, including physical and mental health care, legal assistance, and job placement.

Ending homelessness requires a complex array of solutions—at both the individual client level and the larger, systematic issue level. Currently, Front Steps offers a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, services for Veterans, case management, and a First Steps called First Steps which includes the Housing Displacement Prevention Program and Housing Placement Program.

We’re very excited to announce our newest program coming soon, Front Steps Homes. The goal of Front Steps Homes is to rapidly rehouse chronically and temporarily homeless individuals. Housing clients enable them to get involved in their communities for a new, better beginning. Beyond our services, we strive to break down the stigmas by advocating and educating our communities about homelessness and affordable housing.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.

Front Steps will play a role in breaking down racial barriers for all those in our community who are affected.

At Front Steps a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization is one where all clients, employees, and volunteers, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability, feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments and programs. These values are at the core of our mission to end homelessness.

We acknowledge and understand that homelessness is directly linked to inequality and racial disparities. Minority groups, especially African Americans and Indigenous people, experience homelessness at higher rates, largely due to long-standing historical and structural racism. Therefore, we’re committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire industry of the nonprofit sector. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, Front Steps strives to:

  • Educate our community on how inequalities are a big proponent of homelessness.
  • See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being of our staff and the communities we serve.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our communities, systems, and programs.
  • Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
  • Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.

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