The City of Austin says there are about 2,000 Austinites living homeless on the streets every night. More than 200 of these people are veterans.
With the help of City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, a strong coalition of realtors, and non-profits, many veterans could have homes before Veterans Day. The effort is titled, “Housing Heroes.”
“If you really want to help someone out, you have to give them a home first,” said Mayor Steve Adler. "These are women sometimes with children, and we know where they are, and we need to come together as a community to get them homes."
Mayor Adler says social service agencies will scope the prospective properties to make sure they are up to code before they refer a veteran.
"The biggest challenge is finding the homes and finding the beds," said Adler.
Landlords will have the rent money deposited each month into their accounts, leaving little burden to the veteran renters. Adler hopes this model can have a domino effect and attack the homeless problem as a whole in Austin.
'I'm real confident that we are going to meet this goal by the end of... by Veterans Day."
For more information on housing veterans, visit here.