Ending Homelessness Together

Together with clients, community partners and you, we can end homelessness in Greater Austin.

Redefining Homelessness

Each person we serve shares the devastating experience of homelessness. Some people have lived on the streets of Austin for years, while others are more hidden, living in their car or other temporary shelter. Refugees are internationally homeless – literally running for their lives when they are abruptly forced to flee their home. An unexpected crisis such as an injury, illness, or a lost job can leave people on the brink of homelessness with nowhere to turn for support. With everyone, our work begins with homelessness, but we ensure that homelessness does not define people’s futures.

 

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Homelessness in Austin

People lose stable housing for many reasons, and for most, it’s a process that happens over time. People living in poverty without a strong support system are most at risk, especially when an unexpected crisis occurs.

Last year’s annual Homeless Point-In-Time Count identified 2,036 people experiencing homelessness in the Austin area, but it’s estimated that over 10,000 people access homeless services over the course of a year. Only a fraction are the “visible homeless” you may see on the street corners. The majority are people you don’t see or consider, from families living in their car to refugees who have not yet settled into a home in Greater Austin. We know the most effective solutions to end homelessness in our community, but we can’t solve homelessness unless we do it together.

Caritas Interactive Graphic
  1. Ending Homelessness Graphic 1

    The center "C" represents the core relationship between our professional staff and the people we serve. It’s that partnership that forms the basic house shape at the center of our logo, because the center of a person’s wellbeing revolves around access to a safe place to live.

  2. Ending Homelessness Graphic 2

    Like a new house, it is essential that the layers of wellbeing stand on a sturdy foundation. The bottom strokes of our logo are deliberately strong and unbroken. With housing at the core, a strong foundation is essential for layers to build upon, and holistic wellbeing is achievable.

  3. Ending Homelessness Graphic 3

    Each layer of the logo represents each layer of wellbeing and the comprehensive services that Caritas of Austin provides. Each layer — a stable home, healthy food, connections to jobs and vocational training, and the opportunity to learn life skills — work together to end homelessness for good.

  4. Ending Homelessness Graphic 4

    Ending homelessness and building a strong foundation for people is only possible when our whole community is committed to a more vibrant Austin for all. Together, we can end homelessness and see our community thrive.

Homelessness is a unique and complex issue. Like each person we serve, every situation is different and should be tailored to the individual. A client’s plan to build wellbeing and end homelessness is as unique as their fingerprint.

What We Do

Housing
Housing

Stable housing is where our work to end homelessness begins.

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Food
Food

Food services ensure people have healthy food as they rebuild their lives.

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Education
Education

Education classes teach life skills to help people reach their full potential.

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Employment
Employment

Job placement and career development build a strong foundation for families.

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Refugee Resettlement
Refugee Resettlement

Comprehensive support during refugees' first months in Austin helps them thrive.

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Veterans Assistance
Veterans Assistance

Those who served our country should never find themselves homeless.

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