Working with Austin congregations and social service agencies, the Religious Coalition to the Assist the Homeless allocates grant funding to area agencies whose programs work to expand capacity in their shelters and housing programs, while decreasing the number of homeless people living on the streets of Austin.
For 2014, the Religious Coalition to Assist the Homeless is granting $654,000 to 17 area agencies. Together, these agencies assist homeless adults, youth, families, men, women, veterans, immigrants, ex-offenders, and those recovering from an illness navigate a path towards self-sufficiency.
The Religious Coalition to Assist the Homeless (RCAH) formed in 1996 as the result of a Austin City Council ordinance allowing congregations to pool drainage fees to provide extra funding for beds and supportive services for the homeless population in Austin.
The first grant of $60,000 was awarded to the Capital Area Homeless Alliance, now Front Steps, to manage the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.
If your congregation owns its property and that property is located in the city of Austin, you only need to contact us to join.
Joining the Coalition is simple. Each congregation is required to fill out a City of Austin affidavit/apllication and a Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate and submit it to the Coalition's fund administrator.