We need volunteers for the Austin/Travis County Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count! The PIT Count provides an annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. Teams of volunteers canvass Travis County to count homeless men, women and children on the streets, under highway bridges and in camps. This count is a vital component in assessing the well being of Austin area’s homeless population and in securing the greatest level of funding the federal government will allot Travis County’s homeless service providers. We need 300+ volunteers so please invite your friends, coworkers, and/or classmates! To volunteer, visit: The first volunteer training date is Jan. 12th so sign up soon! 

2013 Count Schedule
Volunteers will sign up for 1 of 3 shifts:
  • Fri., Jan. 25th from 3 - 8 pm Travis County
  • Fri., Jan. 25th from 5 - 10 pm suburban/urban areas
  • Sat., Jan. 26th from 3 - 7 am downtown/urban areas
Teams generally consist of four or more members, including community volunteers and service provider staff members. Volunteers observe and count homeless individuals within a defined area of Travis County. The downtown areas are usually several blocks, while the outlying areas of Travis County are a few square miles. Volunteers observe unsheltered homeless individuals and record the number, gender and age group of those counted. More information is available here. The 2012 PIT results are available here. Questions? Email us.

ECHO Volunteer Honored by the Statesman

On December 31st, the Austin American Statesman announced that it had chosen Layton Blaylock as the Social Services Volunteer of the Year. Layton, director of the award winning "Art From The Streets" documentary, produced and directed a short video on Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) that premiered during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The video, which will be used by ECHO as well as our nonprofit partners, is a much needed tool for communicating the need for PSH in our community. We thank Layton for his work in bringing awareness to the issues of homelessness and housing in Austin, TX.



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