of Travis County Residents WERE HOMELESS ON A GIVEN DAY
ECHO serves as the lead planning entity that coordinates the application for and management of homeless services funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). ECHO helps agencies serving people experiencing homelessness implement Coordinated Assessment, a tool that ensures people are referred to the most appropriate services.
HUD awarded a $5.2 million grant to Austin/Travis County in January 2017 to end youth homelessness through an initiative lead by ECHO and Lifeworks. In 2018, program implementation began, including a process for selecting project partners, submitting project applications to HUD, and getting contracts in place and programs running.
In May 2018 ECHO launched a Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing pilot project. This project aims to reduce Austin/Travis County’s criminal justice and emergency health system costs by housing 250 vulnerable individuals who frequently utilize crisis services.
In April 2018, ECHO published Austin’s Action Plan to End Homelessness, which outlines 5 elements that work together to address homelessness: outreach & shelter, housing & support services, addressing disparities, effective system response, and community commitment.
In August 2016, Austin became the 29th community nationwide to have effectively ended Veteran homelessness. This was achieved by building an unprecedented system led by Mayor Steve Adler’s leadership, strategic collaborations, and new housing strategies.