Up to the Challenge
September 18, 2015
I’ve been working closely with Mayor Steve Adler on his community challenge to end veteran homelessness in Austin by Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.
I know Austin is up to this challenge. We’ve got a great coalition working to find homes for more than 200 homeless veterans, such as Navy veteran Robert Hill, and raise money for this effort.
We’re grateful to the folks who have already stepped up to provide rental units. Even though rent is covered under the program, the landlords are taking a bit of risk. We believe it’s a risk worth taking for the veterans, their families and our community.
But we’re still short. That’s where you come in.
On the Lookout
If you’ve got a unit available, great. Go here. The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) will get you started.
For those of us without vast real estate portfolios, all you need is a Twitter account.
- Keep your eyes peeled for any For Lease or For Rent signs anywhere in Austin. Take a picture of the sign.
- Record the address and phone number of the housing unit.
- Tweet it! Include #housingheroesatx and @atxECHO. Someone at ECHO will call the phone number and find out if the housing unit is a good fit for a homeless vet.
If you tweet it to @kirkpwatson, too, we’ll enter you in a drawing for four free tickets to my Concert Under the Stars on Oct. 1 in Zilker Park.
I believe in the power of our community and our desire to end veteran homelessness and I know how powerful we are on social media.
Please join and help this effort to end veterans homelessness by Veteran’s Day. We’ve only got about seven weeks, folks.
© 2016 Kirk Watson Texas Senator All Rights Reserved
Political advertisement paid for by Kirk Watson Campaign,
P.O. Box 2004, Austin, TX, 78768; Rosie Mendoza,Treasurer.