TRAVIS COUNTY -- The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) is preparing to conduct their annual count of homeless people in Travis County, and volunteers are needed to help count.
On Friday, Jan. 24, ECHO volunteers will spread out across Travis County to count homeless men, women and children in the community. The count will help secure federal funding which provides resources for Travis County's homeless service providers. Go here to find out how to volunteer.
This year, Mark Johnston, assistant secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, visited ECHO to discuss rapid rehousing, a process in which the government pays rent and utility bills for a few months to help families get back on their feet.
"After five or six or eight months, we stop providing all the assistance, and the family figures that out going forward on paying their own rent," Johnston said.