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.
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.
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.
Time is of the essence. Austin does not want to become known as an inhumane city that allows human beings to live in squalor on the streets. ATX Helps will help people experiencing homelessness find safe, comfortable shelter and ready access to the services they need.