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Ending Community Homelessness Coalition

Austin’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (H&H Week) Nov. 10 - 17 is almost here! Awareness days/weeks/months are interesting things: as Austinites, we’re all aware that homelessness exists – we see it every day. Why have an awareness week for problems we all already know about? Part of it is that many don’t understand the magnitude of the problem. A 2012 census of the homeless in Austin counted 2,244 homeless men and women, barely more than half of them in shelters. Then there are the nuances: the relationship between homelessness and mental illness, chronic medical issues, or legal obstacles like obtaining ID.
 
So H&HWeek is a great opportunity for Austinites. There are events of every sort: opportunities to give, volunteer, learn, and lend a hand! We owe a BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers involved in H&H Week. And thanks to H&H Week's Chair, Liz Ihry Simmons! We hope you'll join us!
  • Saturday, November 10th - ECHO Family Festival - This event is highlighted in the column below.
  • Sunday, November 11th - Veterans Day Parade - The annual event celebrates the lives and sacrifices of United States military men and women. Many veterans return home with a host of mental and physical needs, some of which make them susceptible to homelessness. Even one homeless veteran is too many. If you would like to participate, contact katherine.herrera@va.gov
  • Tuesday, November 13th - Oxfam Hunger Banquet - 7:00 pm. Come raise awareness about the inequalities of food distribution in our community and the world. 

RSVP
  • Tuesday, November 13th - Permanent Supportive Housing Video - Watch. Learn. Share! Look for it in your inbox on Nov. 13th! Our goal with this important 5 minute documentary is that YOU will click the link in your email, watch the video, and then forward the email to everyone you know. Help us achieve our goal of 5,000 watches in one day! 
  • Wednesday, November 14th Walk a Mile Through Homelessness - The details of this event are highlighted in the column below.
  • Friday, November 16th  - Free Training: Managing Challenging Tenants: Tools and Resources to Make Your Job Easier. 9 am to noon at NHCD – 1000 East 11th Street. RSVP
  • Saturday, November 17th - The Homeless Resource Fair - This event is highlighted below.

 

Proclamations

 
ECHO invites you to attend our H&H  Week Proclamation readings as Austin's leaders recognize the issues of hunger and homelessness in our community. This is a great opportunity to show city leaders the volume of people who are working to fight these issues! 
 
Thursday, November 8th - City Council Proclamation

Join us at City Hall to hear the proclamation of Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week (5:30 pm). Parking is free! RSVP

 
Tue., Nov. 13th - Travis County Proclamation

Join us at the Travis County Commissioners Court to hear the proclamation of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week - 700 Lavaca (9:00 am). RSVP
 



St. Ignatius Family Center - 126 West Oltorf, Austin, TX 78704
 
This annual event is designed to educate and empower families to lend a hand to our homeless neighbors, the Family Festival is the only event during Austin’s annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week for families. Children can come together with their parents and neighbors to learn about some of the social issues in Austin in a fun, positive and supportive environment for all. 
 
Thanks to Amber Fogarty and Heather Thomas for their leadership in planning this event! There will be interactive service stations where the crafts and hygiene kits will benefit local nonprofits and the homeless clients whom they serve on a daily basis. A $5 donation per family is encouraged. You can RSVP on our Facebook PageDownload the event flyer to share with your friends. We look forward to seeing you there!
Walk A Mile Through Homelessness - November 14th from 6 - 9 pm

Step into the shoes of your homeless neighbor for an eye-opening experience.
 
Location: St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave., Main Building, 3rd Floor, Maloney Room
 
This powerful experience begins with a professional simulation from the Missouri Association for Community Action that plunges attendees out of their comfort zones and into the real-life situations of Austin’s homeless. Attendees will be given personas and must accomplish tasks, such as finding food or shelter for a family or applying for benefits while volunteers represent community service providers. The simulation provides a safe way to experience the harsh realities of homelessness and poverty, while also learning about services and groups in Central Texas that help people in these situations. We need volunteers!  If you'd like to help out, email Jennifer Denton, the event chair who is doing a great job plannng this session! Space is limited so please reserve your spot.

November 17th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
The Homeless Resource Fair is a one-day event connecting homeless individuals to agencies and resources that can assist them. This year's event will be held at the Austin State Hosptal - 4110 Guadalupe Austin, TX 78751. The event provides attendees with medical services, referrals to social service agencies, benefits enrollment, legal assistance, food, haircuts, and much more! Pre-registration is happending at the ARCH, Trinity Center, and the Downtown Austin Community Court. Last year, approximately 600 homeless individuals were served, and we expect even more this year! Volunteer Registration

Thanks to Taylor Seyer for chairing this event committee!

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