Following a successful 100-day Challenge to house homeless youth in Austin, ECHO, Lifeworks and partner organizations are excited to announce that Austin was one of 10 communities across the country to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address youth homelessness. HUD has awarded Austin/Travis County a $5.2 million grant, a funding resource that could potentially bring new housing options and an emergency shelter specifically for youths ages 18 to 24.
Austin was selected from 130 applicants for the competitive grant and was among 10 communities across the country to share the $33 million allocated for the federal initiative aimed at helping end youth homelessness by 2020. The HUD grant comes less than a month after Austin surpassed a challenge to house 50 youths in 100 days, and a few months after HUD certified that the city has effectively ended veteran homelessness.
“Austin will solve homelessness in a way that reflects who we are,” Mayor Steve Adler said. “We effectively ended veteran homelessness in Austin because we brought business, philanthropists and homeless service providers to the same table to solve an old problem in a new way."