Responding to COVID-19

During this crisis, Caritas of Austin is still providing services, helping clients and still moving people into permanent housing. Now, more than ever, we need your support.

As Austin and Travis County move to “shelter in place” to stem the spread of the coronavirus, our work doesn’t stop. Caritas of Austin’s essential services remain available to provide support to our clients and the community. We remain committed to preventing and ending homelessness in our community.

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All of our staff who can, are working from home and we are connecting with clients by phone whenever possible. Our front line staff are meeting client needs by providing food, assisting those who have lost their jobs and we are still moving clients into permanent housing.

Many of our clients work in the service and hospitality industry and are experiencing greatly reduced hours or are losing their jobs. Our employment team is working to establish new partnerships with companies that are hiring temporary employees to keep our clients employed. For many, we need to provide extra financial assistance to pay their rent and utilities so that they can maintain the stability and safety of their home.

As many as 250 people experiencing homelessness would ordinarily eat a hot meal in our Community Kitchen five days a week. For some, this is their only meal of the day, but to protect our diners, staff and volunteers, the kitchen is closed to dining. We are committed to continuing to provide a meal for as long as we can, so instead, we are working with a minimum number of volunteers and staff to create sack lunches to hand out.

We continue to check in with clients and provide services but for everyone’s protection, we are trying to do this by phone whenever possible.  Many, however, do not have phones, so we are urgently working to get phones and provide calling plans to clients who need them.

We Need Your Help

Your donation will help defray the extra costs of meeting the most urgent needs — such as rent, utility bills, and food. Please make a gift today.

Quotes from our Supporters

“I volunteered a while back and was really impressed by all the services that you all offer. I worked with organizations that helped homeless people a lot when I lived in Tulsa, and Caritas [of Austin] is doing all of the things that I know are effective. Know you all can use the additional financial support during this difficult time. Keep up the good work!” – Daniel