How to get rid of homeless kids in Austin?
According to a new study from the Austin Community College of Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, it’s pretty simple.
The study examined how many homeless kids lived in Austin during 2015, and found that more than half were in Austin’s public housing district.
Of those children, more than a quarter lived in the city’s “special needs” units, a designation that encompasses those kids whose parents cannot provide them with basic necessities like food and clothing.
(The city’s special needs housing is for people with disabilities.)
The study also found that nearly 40 percent of homeless children lived in neighborhoods with “no public housing” in 2015, meaning that the children are homeless because they can’t afford to rent an apartment.
That means the city is taking in an extra 15,000 children a year in need.
A recent study by the Austin Chronicle found that Austin has the highest percentage of homeless families in the nation at more than 40 percent, a number that’s likely to grow.
So how do you get rid the kids?
“The first step is to take the kids out of public housing,” says Laura Babb, a professor of architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
Babb is the author of the book The City Is Not Your Home, a guide to finding affordable housing in Austin.
“Then you have to figure out what services are available in your community to make sure those kids are being cared for.
That’s a process that takes time.
You need a community board, a community housing authority, and a housing court to work it out.”
The process can take months and, if you’re not careful, you could end up with more homeless kids than you know what to do with.
“I’ve got two kids that are just like that,” says Babb.
“They’re both in the special needs units and the kids that live in the district are in different parts of the city.
They’re not getting the same resources, and that’s just going to be really hard to deal with.”
One of the most effective ways to get homeless kids out is to make it easier for them to stay.
Babbling describes a way to help homeless families that’s been used by more than 25 different local and national organizations.
The nonprofit Community Impact Team provides housing and support to homeless families who are in crisis, but it’s not necessarily a permanent solution.
The team provides transitional housing and supports for families that have nowhere else to go.
“A lot of times, the kids are staying in the shelter, but they can be moving back into their homes in the next week,” says Avante Gossett, the director of community development for the Community Impact Program.
“The kids have nowhere to go, they’re living in shelters.
They don’t have the resources to go back to the public housing.”
If you can, find a shelter for kids that can accommodate them.
“There’s a whole set of different resources for kids, but if they have a mental health issue, they may not be able to move back into the public shelter,” says Gossetts.
For some families, the best solution may be a temporary foster care home.
The shelter is not a permanent option, however.
“In general, we don’t provide permanent shelter because that’s not how the system works,” says Dr. Lisa Jahnke, a clinical psychologist at UT Health Science Center.
“We just don’t know how to do that, so we provide a transitional housing program.”
You can find a temporary shelter in a public housing project in Austin called the Public Housing Unit at 921 Main Street.
The public housing unit is one of the units where homeless children are housed in Austin, and it’s part of the public health system’s emergency shelter program.
A program similar to what the Community Health Services Agency of Texas offers is also available.
In addition to emergency shelter and transitional housing, the Public Health Services Department has a foster care program, but foster care is only available in Austin and only for children under the age of 18.
“For a child that is homeless, that’s a really difficult situation,” says Jahnkes.
“And for them, it can be very challenging to find a place to live and be with their family.”
It’s also not an easy decision.
A child who has a mental illness, or a family member who has an illness that prevents them from living in their own home, can’t stay with a foster parent.
And even if the foster parent decides to accept a child, it could take several months before the child can be released back into his or her neighborhood.
A foster care agency may not have enough resources to house a child who’s homeless.
“If we could get that child back into a stable environment, then we’d be better able to help them,” says Sisley.
“It’s an extremely challenging time.
But we’re not going to put that child out there to be homeless.” If