Richard R. Troxell created Universal Living Wage campaign over two decades ago to index minimum wages based on the cost of housing wherever a person works so they can afford basic housing; and he added a solution for those who cannot work; i.e. increase the social security stipend for those who cannot work.
In 1993 our annual thermal give campaign was initiated to provide Winter essentials for those experiencing homelessness with a party, music by Rockin’ Gospel, and a hot meal at First Baptist Austin.
House the Homeless, Inc., founded in 1989, is the oldest, all volunteer, action organization in Texas working to prevent and end homelessness. Our mission is education and advocacy around issues of homelessness. Our goal is prevention and doable solutions, including how to end to economic homelessness here and across the nation. HtH considers all homeless and formerly homeless individuals to be members of this 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation. We strive to ensure that the makeup of our Board of Directors generally not fall below 50% of individuals who were formerly homeless or are currently experiencing homelessness.
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Kids from Austin, Texas, ask the 2016 Presidential Candidates to make the issue of Homelessness a National Priority.
Help the kids! Click to see the Kids 4 Kids Sake video, to take action, and directly contact the Presidential Candidates. Send the candidates the message to talk about Homelessness!
Please help us keep our brothers and sisters warm and safe this winter by donating to our Thermal Underwear Drive. Your donation of $35 will provide HUGSS+ (hat, thermal underwear top and bottom, gloves, socks, scarf, rain poncho, and a safety whistle). These HUGSS...
When: Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 6:57am (1 hour) Where: Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) The Keynote Speaker will be Mayor Steve Adler. DeannRené will lift us up with her songs. Jeff Stoops, Gulf Veteran, will honor our Vets and Rev., Dr. Nathan...
Mayor Steve Adler joins the Veterans experiencing homelessness.
September 8, 2015 (Labor Day +1) The Fight for a Living Wage Continues!! Join us at 7:30 am, Tuesday, September 8th on your bridge. At this one hour demonstration you and people like you will be flying Universal Living Wage banners and signs all across the...
HUD takes aim at cities that create barriers (Quality of Life Ordinances) that criminalize homelessness
12/2014 – The Travis County Commissioners Court Resolves to support the campaign to end homeless by:
1. encouraging the U.S. Conference of Mayors to encourage the U.S. Senate to address the Federal Minimum Wage (FMW) and the SSI Standards 2. Supporting the 10 year phase in of the changes to index the FMW and SSI to the local cost of housing. 3. Imploring that...
Richard Troxell with ‘House the Homeless’ says businesses wind up harming themselves when they are stingy with their workers pay, they wind up hurting their business, “What we’re suggesting is embrace the living wage, they will empower these minimum wage workers to be...