Our Mission

Founded in 1989, HtH is the oldest all volunteer, action, homeless organization in the state of Texas. The mission is Education and Advocacy around the issues of ending and preventing homelessness.

Urgent Issues

Re-Criminalizing Homelessness — Speak up now!

The Austin city council recently voted to put on its May ballot a vote to reinstate the no camping ban including the no sit/no lie ordinances. Now is the time to contact your mayor and council members particularly those who have supported decriminalizing homelessness, such as Mayor Adler, Kathy Tovo, Ann Kitchen, Greg Casar, Sabino Renteria, and others, we pray.

First call to action is cold weather shelter. Anyone that reads this, our urgent plea is to email our mayor and city council in this urgent time of cold weather. House the Homeless is encouraging to use the Convention Center or other alternatives sites that are already over burdened due to Covid-19 or at capacity.

A second call to action is to not displace unsheltered neighbors from bridges and the four major camp areas without having an immediate plan for alternative shelter/housing.

Finally, advise your mayor and council members that the wording for the May ballot regarding reinstating a camping ban must consider that those with disabilities, the aged, and in fact anyone with no place to go. The no sit/no lie ordinance is absolutely inhumane and unconscionable we must have at least 15 minute respites particularly for those with disabilities and make other provisions.

Federal Minimum Wage Debate

Federal resolve is insufficient; highly recommend Universal Living Wage formula indexed on the cost of housing wherever the person lives and works. 

HUGSS Winter Survival Clothing, Party Planned 1-1-22

HUGSS Winter Survival Clothing, Party Planned 1-1-22

For decades, HtH has raised funds for HUGSS (hats, under-thermals, gloves, scarves and socks to gift to individual men, women, and youth experiencing homelessness in the greater Austin area. Our New Year’s Day party is again planned at and with gratitude to First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Saturday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Music, Lunch, HUGSS bags. Other resources on-site. Volunteers please call 512-565-1388 fmi. DISTANCING AND OTHER COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (Plan B for cooperative distribution if necessary, similar to 2021.

Bring America Home Now — Interfaith Launch

Bring America Home Now — Interfaith Launch

Join Bring America Home Now (BAHN) on March 17th, 2022 at 6 p.m. for their virtual Interfaith Launch event.

Speakers:

  • Rev. John P. Kee
  • Pastor Michelle Bush
  • Donal Whitehead

Details

  • Meeting ID: 838 5625 0099
  • Passcode: 498152
Annual HtH Homeless Memorial Service

Annual HtH Homeless Memorial Service

Amid The Pandemic, Austin Remembers The 256 Homeless Deaths On Austin’s Streets In 2021

In a year marred by uncertainty and loss, homeless Austinites and advocates gathered Sunday morning to remember and read the names of the 256 homeless Austinites who died in 2020 – an increase of more than 70 deaths compared to last year.

Click the link below to read the full article from Austin’s NPR Station:
https://www.kut.org/2020-11-18/amid-the-pandemic-austin-remembers-the-256-homeless-deaths-on-austins-streets-in-2020

Click the link below to read the full article from NewsBreak:
https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0cwYmgIp?pd=0AZCstoF&lang=en_US&s=i16

 

Keynote Speaker Chris Baker, Executive Director, The  Other Ones Foundation

HUGSS Thermal Give Event Sat. Jan 1st 2022

For decades, HtH has raised funds for HUGSS (hats, under-thermals, gloves, scarves and socks to gift to individual men, women, and youth experiencing homelessness in the greater Austin area. Our New Year’s Day party is again planned at and with gratitude to First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Saturday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Music, Lunch, HUGSS bags. Other resources on-site. Volunteers please call 512-565-1388 fmi. DISTANCING AND OTHER COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (Plan B for cooperative distribution if necessary, similar to 2021.

Take Action Now! Support Housing as Infrastructure

Take Action Now! Support Housing as Infrastructure

In the next two weeks, please urge your US Senator (202) 224-3121 to support housing as infrastructure with a generous contribution to the Build Back Better initiative going to the development of affordable housing.  House the Homeless is a partner organization of the National Homeless Coalition (NCH) and NCH will be sponsoring a couple of days to specifically call Senators Manchin and Sinema who for some reason has become the center of the universe when it comes to voting rights and infrastructure spending.

Thanks.

Richard R. Troxell