The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) is the lead agency that plans and implements community-wide strategies to end homelessness in Austin and Travis County. We are the backbone for homeless services and work closely with nonprofits and government agencies to coordinate assistance for people experiencing homelessness. ECHO manages data on homelessness and advocates for just policies and adequate funding to assist those in need. We believe it is the community's responsibility to provide a compassionate response and ensure homelessness is an event that is rare, brief, and only happens once.
ECHO coordinates an annual census of the homeless population known as the Point In Time Count (PIT Count). Every year hundreds of volunteers head out early in the morning to count every person experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Austin/Travis Count. Volunteers count people in cars, tents, parks, under bridges, and on the streets. The information from this count is used to guide public policy and secure resources to help end homelessness in our community. Volunteer sign-ups for the PIT Count begin in the fall, and the count takes place at the end of January. Please check back in the fall to view our PIT Count volunteer opportunities.