The business community, leading a coalition of concerned citizens, is stepping up to do its part to help those in need. Driven by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Austin Alliance—as well as a number of other businesses, nonprofit entities, faith-based organizations, and individuals—ATX Helps launched on Nov. 7, 2019, to bring a first-step navigation center to Austin.

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Goal

Our goal is to raise $14 million for construction and operation of at least one Sprung shelter that will provide immediate housing and other necessities for Austinites experiencing homelessness.

Background

Austin business and community leaders went as a delegation to San Diego, where in January 2017, more than 5,600 people were living on the street in homemade tents and encampments. Private-sector leaders raised the funds to construct what is now a four-shelter effort. The instances of sitting/standing/lying in the public right of way have dropped dramatically.

The Sprung shelters have been so successful in San Diego over the past two years that numerous other cities are moving quickly to adopt this model.

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Sprung shelters

Sprung shelters will fulfill a critical need of immediate temporary/emergency shelter for those currently living on the street with nowhere else to go. Once funding goals have been met, structures can be fully operational in three months or less.

  • These fully heated and air-conditioned structures typically hold about 150 bunk beds and can comfortably sleep 300 people; the structures will have safe and clean dining and sanitation services, including showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities.
  • Plans include providing large, lockable bins for each person housed.
  • People will have access to comprehensive wrap-around services, including social services and support for mental health and drug/alcohol issues.
  • People may enter with their pets, partners, and belongings, and will not be turned away unless they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
Contact information

To learn how you and your company can help, please contact:

Mike Rollins
President & CEO, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Email
512-322-5615

Media inquiries

Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
Levente McCrary
lmccrary@echristianpr.com or
Lia Truitt
ltruitt@echristianpr.com
512-472-9599

Partners

We are very early in formalizing partners but will update the list as we recieve. View current partners