With more than 6,000 people living on Travis County streets, there is little doubt that this community needs the kind of project Mobile Loaves & Fishes has proposed. When completed, it will house hundreds of chronically homeless people and provide them the social, medical and employment services they need to overcome the challenges that forced them to the streets.
That is a tough job, and city and county resources are stretched to the max. And while Austin likes to brag about its progressive values, including tolerance and empathy for people down on their luck, those values are not robustly reflected in our collective response to homeless people. We’re fortunate to have an organization that has stepped forward to help the city and county improve the quality of life for homeless people.
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