Of the 7,000 people experiencing homelessness in Austin, 40 percent of them have been homeless for more than one year. In February 2017, Mayor Steve Adler and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo partnered with the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) to address homelessness in Austin. ECHO brought together members of the community and came up with a plan to expand the homelessness response system in the city and to make sure when citizens are homeless, it's rare, brief and, non-recurring. Austin is creating a system that will help citizens learn more about homelessness and identify ways for volunteers to become more involved.
Austin has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2009, when former Mayor Lee Leffingwell signed the Declaration of Service. Current Mayor Steve Adler reaffirmed the city's commitment to service when he signed the Declaration again in 2015.
Mayor Steve Adler
Steve Adler was elected Austin's 52nd mayor in December 2014 and is working to improve the quality of life for everyone in Austin. As the mayor of this historic, new 10-1 council, Mayor Adler plans to lead Austin’s government to a new level of inclusive citizen engagement.
Chief Service Officer Sly Majid
Chief Service Officer Sly Majid works to increase the quality of life for all Austin citizens by enhancing service, volunteerism, philanthropy, and engagement throughout the city. Through Majid’s efforts, the City of Austin has engaged thousands of citizens in issues ranging from middle school tutoring to veteran support.