House the Homeless’s annual thermal underwear drive was recently featured on Austin’s Fox News 7. Hundreds of men, women, and children picked up clothing that will help them survive the winter cold. The drive goes all winter so there is still time for you to contribute money or clothing.
The attitude toward the Austin street community started changing with the skyline. And as the growth downtown continues, so does the pressure.
Homeless advocate Richard Troxell, who organized the clothing give-away says he is bracing for a crisis.
“I think as long as people out live the resources that’s what is going to happen, in inevitable so we have to deal with this,” Troxell said.
According to a recent survey by Troxell 52 percent of those living on the streets cannot work because of health problems. Forty-eight percent are able to work. But according to Troxell the few jobs available don’t pay enough to get people off the streets.
Richard R. Troxell, founder of House the Homeless, is advocating for a Universal Living Wage as one way to solve the homelessness problem.