Nine years ago, the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless opened its doors with a clear mission: to unconditionally house people who had nowhere else to go.
They didn’t force people into jobs programs, require them to get social services, or impose deadlines on how long they could stay. The creation of the ARCH signaled a new phase in the city’s evolving approach to homelessness, one focused on getting people off the streets quickly. Now the city is refocusing its efforts again, this time toward permanent supportive housing.
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