ADVOCACY

A PRIORITY ISSUE FOR AUSTIN

In the Austin City Council’s first meeting of 2019, Council Members Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, Greg Casar, Pio Renteria and Mayor Steve Adler called for a pilot project to form a new immediate shelter and support services for people experiencing homelessness. “The time for action is now,” said Council Member 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 ROLE OF FRONT STEPS

Front Steps serves individual clients and advocates for a greater understanding of the issue and growing engagement in solutions. Ending homelessness in Austin will require public and private support and Front Steps works with corporate, philanthropic, and city, county, state, and federal agency partners to secure resources to make experiences of homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.

WHAT INDIVIDUALS CAN DO

The first step in advocating for the homeless is to learn about homelessness, a complicated and often contentious social issue. Donating and volunteering with nonprofits working to end homelessness is appreciated, but there are other opportunities to make a difference. Speaking up on social media and at public forums on this issue has tremendous impact. Bringing the facts to conversations makes a difference.