Support Shelter & Care for Central Texans in Need
Many Central Texans don’t have a safe place to stay, putting their health — and the health of our entire community — at risk. Your support is critical to providing the shelter and care our most vulnerable neighbors need.
The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the value of our health and homes. It’s hard to shelter in place without shelter, or to recover from illness without a safe place to stay. Of the 2,000 people experiencing homelessness in Austin daily, there is only enough shelter for half — and shelters are currently turning away people with fevers or symptoms of illness. Without access to consistent resources for housing and hygiene, community members experiencing homelessness are at high risk for getting COVID-19. Experts believe that every person who gets the disease will give it to at least two others, fueling the spread of the pandemic.
HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
The COVID-19 crisis impacts us all. Now more than ever, our community members experiencing homelessness need your support.
Dell Medical School’s Dr. Tim Mercer and Dr. Audrey Kuang are teaming up with Austin Public Health, CommUnityCare Health Centers and ECHO to operationalize a plan that provides a safe place for people experiencing homelessness to self-quarantine and receive health care — and a step toward permanent housing.
Your gift today allows the team to be proactive in meeting these needs and will be matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000 through the generosity of JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation.
Your support makes a powerful difference in Central Texas. By supporting a healthier path for our vulnerable neighbors, you are supporting a healthier path for our entire community.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS:
Austin Public Health works to prevent disease, promote health and protect the well-being of all residents in Austin and Travis County through a variety of community resources and services.
CommUnityCare provides outpatient primary healthcare, dental care, behavioral health and specialty services for adults and children at 30 locations throughout Travis County and surrounding counties. These services are available to all Travis County residents and those residing in surrounding counties, including people whose income and lack of private health insurance prevents them from accessing care elsewhere.
Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) plans and implements community-wide strategies to end homelessness in Austin and Travis County. ECHO works closely with nonprofits and government agencies to coordinate assistance and housing for people experiencing homelessness in our community.