Housing Authority of the City of Austin Announces $93M to House Veterans and Others Experiencing Homelessness

Date Published: 
March 8th, 2023

From the Housing Authority of the City of Austin's press release:

Today the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) was joined by Austin Mayor Kirk Watson and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman to announce that 300 project-based housing vouchers—including 100 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers for homeless veterans—will be provided to ten projects across the city in a significant long-term investment toward ending homelessness in Austin.

Combined, these 300 vouchers represent a commitment of more than $93 million over the next 20 years to provide Austin’s chronically homeless with stable housing and an array of case management and community-based health care, educational support, and job training services.

“We are determined to end homelessness in Austin, and this is an important step in that direction,” said Austin Mayor Kirk Watson. “HACA’s allocation of 300 new vouchers worth $93 million will enable new housing to get built and existing units to be transitioned into long-term help for the homeless and especially our veterans.”

HUD Deputy Secretary Todman said she was impressed by the community’s work to coordinate its efforts and to tackle homelessness.

“I want to commend HACA and the City of Austin for their ingenuity and determination to make a difference for people who have fallen upon hard times,” Todman said.  “The rental subsidies provided by HACA will create new affordable housing dedicated to those experiencing homelessness. This will help remove the complication of finding a place to call home.”

Projects receiving the vouchers include (in alphabetical order):

  • Austin Housing Finance Corporation (City of Austin) - 10 VASH vouchers for veterans at the Country Inn Hotel Conversion, 7400 North Interstate Highway 35

  • Caritas - 30 project-based vouchers and 20 VASH vouchers for use at its Cairn Point property, 7205 Cameron Road

  • Elizabeth Properties - 25 VASH vouchers for veterans at Kensington Apartments, 3300 Manor Road

  • Family Eldercare - 25 project-based vouchers and 10 VASH vouchers at Real Gardens, 2826 Real Street

  • Foundation Communities - 30 project-based vouchers and 20 VASH vouchers for use at Burleson Studios, 7905 Burleson Road, and 10 project-based vouchers at Skyline Terrace, 1212 West Ben White

  • Lifeworks - 25 project-based vouchers for The Works at Tillery, 701 Tillery Street 

  • Safe Alliance - 30 project-based vouchers at the Lancaster, 5111-5115 Lancaster, and 25 project-based vouchers for use at The Sasha, 1401 Grove Boulevard

  • SGI Ventures - 25 project-based vouchers and 15 VASH vouchers at The Roz, 3435 Parker Lane

 “HACA is fully committed to help end homelessness in Austin,” said HACA President Michael Gerber. “These 300 vouchers, coupled with our partnerships with housing providers and services agencies, are essential tools to securing stable housing and offering social and medical services to transform the lives of our most vulnerable populations.”   

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