ending community homelessness coalition http://kut.org en Austin's Homeless Population is Shrinking. Is It Permanent? http://kut.org/post/austins-homeless-population-shrinking-it-permanent <p>This year’s count of people who are homeless shows a decline in numbers for the Austin area. It’s the fourth consecutive year of decline. So, what’s behind the shrinking numbers of people who live on the streets?</p><p>Ann Howard leads an organization called ECHO -- the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. She hopes the day will come when there are no more people who are homeless and then she’ll move to a different line of work. And, if her predictions are right, that day may come soon for Austin.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:58:08 +0000 Joy Diaz 9798 at http://kut.org Austin's Homeless Population is Shrinking. Is It Permanent? Photos: Inside Austin's Annual Homeless Count http://kut.org/post/photos-inside-austins-annual-homeless-count <p><strong>Update</strong>: KUT's was on hand to document the homeless count this weekend. Take a look in the photo gallery above. You can see more photos on the KUT Austin Flickr page.</p><p><strong>Original story</strong>: (Jan. 25) It’s the annual <a href="https://www.onecpd.info/hdx/guides/pit-hic/">Point in Time Count of the Homeless</a> here in the Austin area. Hundreds of volunteers were out Friday and again before dawn Saturday, finding out how many people are living here without permanent shelter.</p><p>Ann Howard is the Executive Director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, known&nbsp;as <a href="http://austinecho.org">ECHO</a>. She says the counts are going on across the country in the last week of January, as mandated by the U.S. Department of <a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD">Housing and Urban Development</a>. It’s just coincidence that this year’s falls on a night in Austin when temperatures are below freezing and extra shelters are open.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:27:22 +0000 Trey Shaar 9640 at http://kut.org Photos: Inside Austin's Annual Homeless Count Travis County Homeless Population Dropping http://kut.org/post/travis-county-homeless-population-dropping <p>The annual Austin/Travis County homeless count shows the <a href="http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1243319a4a24ca2e97d45400a&amp;id=7422c468bd" target="_blank">number of homeless people living the area is down</a> by 5.5 percent from last year to 2,121.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinecho.org/" target="_blank">Ending Community Homelessness Coalition</a> or “ECHO” conducted the count late last month.</p><p>The count determines the level of federal funding the area will receive and helps community organizations determine which services need to be improved. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:06:43 +0000 Laura Rice 6467 at http://kut.org Travis County Homeless Population Dropping Counting Travis County's Homeless Population http://kut.org/post/counting-travis-countys-homeless-population <p>Across the United States, groups are attempting to get a firm count of the number of homeless people living in their midst. In Travis County this past weekend, the count was led by a group called <a href="http://www.austinecho.org">Ending Community Homelessness</a> or ECHO.</p><p>For the first time in the history of the count, volunteers reached the Travis County limits in order to get more accurate numbers.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:58:44 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6359 at http://kut.org Counting Travis County's Homeless Population Austin Homeless Count Getting Underway This Weekend http://kut.org/post/austin-homeless-count-getting-underway-weekend <p>Last year, 2,362 homeless people were counted in the combined Austin&ndash;Round Rock area. This Sunday, the 2012 count of Austin&rsquo;s homeless begins, and count organizers still need volunteers.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinecho.org/home">Ending Community Homelessness Coalition</a> (ECHO) needs people to travel parts of Austin and report the number of homeless, and volunteers to help enter the data they collected.</p><p>ECHO describes the work in more detail:</p><blockquote><p>Teams of volunteers will canvas Travis County to count homeless men, women and children in the area to get an accurate sum of the homeless population to help secure federal funding, which provides resources for the county&rsquo;s homeless service providers. The results of the count will include demographics, reasons for homelessness and trends in homelessness to compare with previous data to assess and improve community performance in preventing and ending homelessness.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:23:43 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3492 at http://kut.org Austin Homeless Count Getting Underway This Weekend