What makes Sunrise work?

Sunrise creates a fully-integrated model of care along with our partners that includes humanitarian aid, mental health care, physical healthcare, harm reduction, substance abuse care, housing interventions, benefits enrollment and more. What's different about how Sunrise does it? It's all under one roof and its all integrated together. It works like people work.

fiercely focused

Why is homelessness

such a complex issue in our city?

The issue of homelessness in Austin is much larger than any one cause. Rather, it is a complex issue with many complex causes. We believe that means that any proposed solutions must be as complex or more complex than the problems that caused it. By delving into that complexity rather than over-simplifying the causes or solutions, we get a much clearer picture of reality.

Austin's homelessness issues are in some ways caused by what they are caused by in many cities: gentrification, systemic racism, lack of access to medical & mental healthcare, the breakdown of family, substance abuse, lack of affordable housing, lack of a social safety net, domestic violence, the foster care system, re-entry from incarceration and more. In addition, Austin's particular challenges have been historic racial divides, quickly-booming population growth, a separation of humanitarian aid from housing programs, a lack of shelters, location of shelters to business district & university and more. Additionally, the disconnected efforts of public & private entities, especially faith-based entities has created much duplication and the lack of a cohesive or efficient approach as a community. The political reality of living in a very left-leaning city in a very right-leaning state means political solutions are often problematic.

Is it hopeless? We don't think so.

Sunrise's efforts from the beginning have been about holistic. Bringing whole-person solutions to the whole-person trauma of homelessness is what we are known for, but we also advocate for policies that breakdown siloed community responses. Hope and momentum are built by multi-disciplinary approaches, cross-agency partnerships, faith-based community involvement, integration of humanitarian aid & healthcare with housing efforts and leveraging the criminal justice community to help create positive change in the lives of those we serve.