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Homelessness in Austin



Homelessness isn’t just a government issue, it is a community issue. It is up to us to help end homelessness in Austin! Here are descriptions and links to a variety of homelessness campaigns and agencies in your community that you can support:

1. Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO)

https://www.austinecho.org/

They are the leading homelessness agency in Austin-Travis County. They also distribute items to other organizations with homelessness campaigns. Besides cash donations, here are some easy and affordable items that you can donate:

  • hand sanitizer, wet wipes

  • packaged tissues

  • protein bars

  • socks

  • masks

  • protective gear for clinicians



2. Integral Care

https://integralcare.org/en/about-us/

They provide an outreach program to homeless people and distribute hygiene kits. They accept donations of:

  • hand sanitizer

  • Bar or liquid soap

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste

  • Packaged tissues

  • Bottled water

  • Protein/granola bars

  • gallon-size reusable, sealable plastic bags for the kits


3. The Salvation Army

https://give.salvationarmytexas.org/give/184739/#!/donation/checkout

This nation-wide organization has three shelters in Austin. They take donations of:

  • hand sanitizer

  • sanitizing wipes

  • disinfecting spray

  • toilet paper

Items can be shipped or delivered in-person to the Salvation Army Austin’s administration office at 4700 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723



4. Caritas of Austin

https://caritasofaustin.org/donate/give/

They provide financial assistance, workforce training, and access to healthy food for homeless people. They ask for donations of non-perishable food items for pantry as well as hand sanitizer

Donations will be accepted at 611 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701 or you can call 512-479-4610


5. The Other Ones Foundation

http://toofound.org/donate/

They help connect homeless people with work opportunities. While they primarily takes monetary donations, they also take hygienic products like hand sanitizer.

Items can be delivered between 9 to 5 on weekdays at 7815 Highway 290 W, Austin, TX 78736.



6. LifeWorks

https://secure.lifeworksaustin.org/np/clients/lifeworksaustin/donation.jsp

They help youth experiencing homelessness in Austin. They accept donations of: • throw blankets • hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes or alcohol swabs • disposable gloves • paper towels •packaged tissue • antibacterial soap • forehead thermometers • grocery store gift cards

Deliveries are accepted on weekdays from 11am-1pm at 835 N. Pleasant Valley Road

Here are a list of additional homelessness organizations:

  1. Angel House (https://austinbaptistchapel.com/donations.html)

  2. Street Youth Ministry (https://www.streetyouthministry.org/donate)

  3. Family Eldercare (https://www.familyeldercare.org/donate/)

  4. Foundation for the Homeless (https://www.foundationhomeless.org/donate)

  5. Casa Marianella and Posada Esperanza (https://rally.org/casamarianella or email posadaesperanza@casamarianella.org)

  6. SAFE Austin (https://www.safeaustin.org/get-involved/donate/donate/)

  7. Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center (https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1678194)

  8. Mobile Loaves and Fishes (https://give.mlf.org/give/276828/#!/donation/checkout)

  9. Saint Louise House (https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/47065ab4-c4e2-4e96-a601-d138e477e760)

Written by Sumner Hill

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