Continuing with our coverage of the affordable housing movement in Austin (check out previous posts here, here and here), we had the pleasure of getting involved last week with a great program of the Community Partnership for the Homeless, who are working on getting a supportive housing development off the ground. More after the jump!
posted originally from: AT:LA
It's estimated that there are 3625 homeless people in Austin. Austin's Community Partnership for the Homeless is working to get that number down to zero by creating safe, affordable housing options and providing access to support services. Their Supportive Housing Program focuses on making quality and affordable housing available to individuals with low incomes and families who are on the brink of homelessness. Currently, the Community Partnership has completely finished one of six units of a new development they're building, Glen Oaks Corner, featuring support housing for single mother families at risk of homelessness. I had the pleasure of volunteering for their "furniture build" day on Thursday, where we helped move in used furniture, assembled new IKEA furniture and helped make one of the units a home. With the first family soon moved in, the Community Partnership hopes to expand the program with more units of affordable housing throughout Central Texas.
While the other units are nearing completion, there's still plenty of work to be done at Glen Oaks Corner. Austin residents who would like to get involved are welcome to join in on their next volunteer day, Saturday, March 28th. They will be having a community landscaping day at the development, and volunteers will participate in making new flower beds for each house and preparing a site for a community garden for the families at Glen Oaks Corner. More information on this project and the Community Partnership can be found on their website. For more photos of last week's furniture build, check out the Flickr set of user pumpernickel.