Local organizations discuss root causes of homelessness and resources for those in need in Travis County

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Two groups held a virtual forum on Tuesday to discuss ending the root causes of homelessness in Austin.

Integral Care and Caritas Austin hosted the Forum on Homelessness and the Global Connection to Physical and Mental Health.

A panel of experts discussed the need for permanent supportive housing and collaborations between experts, advocates and community leaders that would create more housing in Travis County.

The forum also had community members who had stories to share about their experiences.

For Shirley, it started in 2015.

She said her significant other, 30, died of cancer and Shirley ended up having to leave their apartment afterwards, instead of asking family members for help.

“I just couldn’t put the burden on my kids because I’m supposed to take care of them, not them to take care of me. So I chose to live on the streets. And I’ve been through some really, really bad things, ”Shirley explained at the forum.

Integral Care said it is important to provide housing alongside essential services that improve health and well-being.

To learn more about the panel or resources, visit the Integral Care website.

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