"...To get ahead of the problem, the Austin Police Department, along with the Downtown Austin Alliance and other partners, have launched a pilot program to change how the city deals with its growing homeless population. Implemented last month, the Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) program is aimed at proactively connecting homeless people to housing, social, and medical services in order to divert them from jail or emergency rooms...."
"...Two hulking turkeys with skin browned to a Thanksgiving crisp keep a team of volunteers occupied on a Wednesday afternoon in the Caritas Community Kitchen, the steaming-hot breast meat nearly melting plastic gloves as it's pulled for a turkey and white bean stew that will feed 350 people experiencing homelessness...."
"...The three AmeriCorps volunteers there perform a variety of tasks. For example, Melanie Prestridge helps secure prescriptions, wheelchairs, Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance coverage for clients in the Health Care for the Homeless Clinic inside ARCH; Mike Wilder works with A New Entry, which assists homeless clients coming out of incarceration; and Chris O'Neil manages cases at the clinic, hands out clothes, and organizes a "street soccer" team..."
"...A group of homeless Austinites camping on 18.2 acres of undeveloped land in South Austin were forced to find another place to live last week after a team of Parks and Recreation Department grounds managers and a city cleanup crew arrived to notify them of their trespassing...."
"...When she arrived in Austin two years ago, Barnes expected to find the type of design week offered in most major world cities, including her previous residences, San Francisco and New York. When she didn't, she teamed up with her colleague Candice Digby and IBM Design's Amber Atkins to form an advisory board of designers from different fields, then broadcast a call for entries..."
"...For all that, it seemed like things were going well. The community revitalization team was expanding from five volunteers to 12, and community outreach was beginning..."
"... Shadana Hurd scored with 54 seconds left to give the Austin Outlaws a 31-29 victory over the Dallas Rage last Saturday, earning the team its first trip to the National Women's Football Association playoffs (see "Serious Game," June 2). The team finished its regular season at 6-2, good enough to earn a wild card spot in the Southern Conference..."
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