Here at Too Good Strategy, we have been working with ECHO on a website redesign project to elevate their web presence. The work that ECHO and their member organizations are doing in Travis County to end homelessness is complex; it’s our job to simplify that information so all stakeholders can quickly understand the work of the collective group.

We want to educate others about current efforts as well as promote how individual efforts can help eradicate homelessness right here in Austin.

What exactly is ECHO? ECHO stands for the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. The non-profit is fiercely committed to ending homelessness in Austin by connecting homeless individuals to resources with the help of volunteers, special events, and policymakers to make meaningful, lasting changes in our community.

ECHO truly believes that the best way to eradicate homelessness in the Austin community is by creating affordable housing. As an advocacy organization their message is largely buried in their web presence and we are working with them to elevate these messages. ECHO is currently focused on Propositions 15 and 17 which will be on the ballot in the upcoming election. Both propositions provide resources to get more women, seniors, veterans and families into stable housing and keep them housed by adding more shelters and permanent supportive housing.

Proposition 15 funds construction for the renovation and repair of affordable housing. This would allow Austin to continue developing affordable rental and ownership housing, preserve existing affordable housing stock, and create transitional and permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

Proposition 17 funds the expansion of the City Shelter for Women and Children that is currently run by the Salvation Army.

If Prop. 15 and Prop. 17 are passed, several new programs will be implemented:

  1. Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing (for those at-risk of homelessness or already homeless) – Will provide funding and supportive services to individuals to help them stabilize and work toward self-sufficiency.
  2. Rental Housing Development Assistance and Home Ownership Programs (incentives for non-profit and for-profit developers) – Will provide funds for grants and loans that encourage the building and renting of affordable housing to the at-risk and currently homeless.
  3. Home Repair (for low- and moderate-income homeowners) – Will provide funding to address substandard or hazardous housing conditions.