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Austin/Travis County, Texas

Ten Year Plan | August 2, 2006

Files: PDF | 5.86 MB | 93 pages

With the purpose of helping persons with long periods of homelessness and disabling conditions achieve residential stability, the Community Action Network’s Homeless Task Force have developed the “Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Austin/Travis County.” Austin’s plan was approved in September of 2004 and addresses chronic homelessness in four categories. First, the plan develops plans to end, rather than manage chronic homelessness by collecting better data on local chronic homelessness, conducting a pilot study, and conducting outcome evaluations. Second, the plan aims to improve discharge planning for individuals exiting public institutions and invest in long-term prevention. The third category is providing adequate, affordable housing with supportive services, specifically employment services and outreach to individuals with chronic substance abuse and mental health problems. Lastly, the plan looks to build infrastructure to address the systemic problems that lead to poverty and homelessness.