Participate in the 100-Day Challenge and End Youth Homelessness

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Austin is one of three communities selected nationally to participate in a 100-Day Challenge by A Way Home America, and ABoR is on board to make a kind donation to the cause. The goal is to convene all community stakeholders to choose and plan around one ambitious goal to significantly reduce youth homelessness in 100 days. What we learn along the way will inform practices nationally to end youth and young adult homelessness by 2020.

When is the Launch?
The 100-Day Challenge is going on now through December 19.

What is Austin’s goal?
In 100 days, we will house 50 homeless youth (age 18-24) in Travis County, of which at least 50% will be former foster care youth. And we will connect 100% of youth exiting foster care who are imminently at risk of homelessness to safe and stable housing. As a community we will ALL be encouraged to think creatively about how to address youth homelessness in Austin.

Who is involved?
Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, LifeWorks, Department of Family and Protective Services, Austin Travis County Integral Care, Salvation Army, Caritas, FrontSteps, City of Austin, Travis County, Austin Opportunity Youth Collaborative, Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Safe Alliance, AISD, APD, Restore Strategies, and many others.

4 ways you (and your brokerage) can help

1. Housing
While we hope to reunify some youth with family or another network of support and stability, our most pressing need is affordable apartments. If you are a landlord, please reach out and offer space for youth, 18-24, to rent. Contact Erin Whelan at 512-735-2400 or erin.whelan@lifeworksaustin.org for more information.

2. Financial
Each of the organizations involved is stretching its staffing and housing resources to meet this goal, so please consider a donation to any of the agencies listed above.

3. Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering directly with youth exiting homelessness to help navigate services, please contact Tiffany Hart at 512-677-7870 or tiffany.hart@forthecity.org

4. Starter Kits – This would be a great service project for you and your office.
All youth moving into apartments will need the things that ALL young people need for their first apartment, so we are launching donation drives for Apartment Starter Kits that fall under three main categories:

  • Cleaning Kits: Broom | Mops | Sponges | Cleaning & Storage Buckets | Cleaners | Light Bulbs
  • Bathroom Kits: Bath Towels | Washcloths | Hand Towels | Bath Mats | Shower Curtains
  • Kitchen/Dining Kits: Set of Dishes and Bowls for 4 | Set of Drinking Glasses for 4 | Small, Medium, and Large Saucepans w/Lids | Skillet | Set of Flatware for 4 | Microwave | Sandwich Grill | Kitchen Utensils: Mixing Spoons, Pot Holders, Cutting Boards, Paring Knives | Beginner Cookbooks

Kits can be dropped off at 3700 South First Street. Please contact Maureen Engle at 512-735-2400 for more information.

For more information on the 100-day challenge contact Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, 512-571-3945 LifeWorks, 512-735-2400

 

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