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We are excited to announce our 8th 2023 Spring Grant Recipient!

Thanks to our generous Legacy Giving Circle donor community, Family Eldercare is receiving a $30,000 grant towards supportive housing to keep elderly Austin adults off the street.

Initiative Location: Austin, Texas

Initiative Cause Areas: Community and Economic Development; Crisis Support; Disability Services; Homelessness

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 03 Good Health & Well-Being; 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Initiative Description: This initiative builds on Family Eldercare’s decades of experience providing supportive services to keep older adults stably housed. We believe older adults and people with disabilities are a vital part of creating a more livable, inclusive community for everyone. Yet for the thousands of older adults experiencing or at risk for homelessness in Austin, aging in community is contingent on having a safe, affordable place to live.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Family Eldercare scaled up our services substantially to meet the unprecedented needs in our community. Today, our frontline staff bear witness to the effects of the housing affordability crisis unfolding in Austin, which has put many more people at risk of homelessness.  

To address this community-wide problem, Family Eldercare has partnered with the City of Austin as well as the  Travis County Affordable Housing Collaborative to develop two deeply affordable properties where residents will have access to comprehensive, onsite wraparound services. We have two permanent supportive housing projects underway in different stages of the development process. These developments create deeply affordable housing for older adults exiting homelessness or at risk for homelessness. Pecan Gardens, a hotel conversion in North  Austin consisting of 78 units is currently under renovation and will see its first residents in Fall 2023. Real Gardens, a new construction project for 60 residents we expect to break ground in summer 2023. We are seeking funders for operations and the supportive services that are the essential element of sustainable housing stability for residents who have experienced chronic homelessness or are at risk for homelessness.  

The properties will prioritize people with significant barriers to maintaining stable housing. Essential to both projects are onsite service coordination and comprehensive wraparound services, which include benefits enrollment, case management, and financial services. These are critical to the sustainability of our proven HUD supported model. Without these supports, residents may end up living on the streets.  

Family Eldercare has been in the business of keeping older adults stably housed through client-centered services for decades with proven results. Support from Legacy Collective will help us provide those supportive wraparound services to residents to ensure homelessness among Austin’s aging neighbors is rare, brief, and never recurring. As we build up our funding model, having anchor investors like Legacy Collective committed and in place helps will enable us to secure other funding.

Initiative Impact: Our overarching goal for this project is to help Austinites with significant barriers obtain housing stability to ensure homelessness among Austin’s aging neighbors is rare, brief, and never recurring. We will measure our success not only by the number of people served, but also by our ability to promote housing stability.  Our primary outcome goal is that at least 80% of clients who transition from homelessness into permanent housing will remain housed for at least 12 months.

Initiative Sustainability: This project looks at sustainability from two perspectives: 

  1. Reducing the need for philanthropic support. Our model assumes that in the first year of new properties opening, there will be significant support services needed to help facilitate the move-ins of more than one hundred new residents. After that first year, we expect that most residents will have achieved a level of financial and housing stability that will not require as intensive ongoing support. Therefore, staffing costs will significantly decrease after year one. 
  2.  Improving efficiency across community-wide homeless services. By providing supportive services to residents, we will reduce the number of people who fall into homelessness. As a result, we expect that the homeless services providers in our community will be able to reduce waitlists and focus their attention on those who need it the most.