With her creative spirit and abundant knowledge, Abby is a valuable resource on affordable housing and is highly motivated to integrate the real estate and social justice communities in the Austin metro area. In a unique arrangement, Abby utilizes her license as the Community Housing Liaison at the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, the lead agency in a coalition of nonprofits working to end homelessness in our community. In 2016, through a strong commitment from the Mayor’s office and the real estate community, the coalition reduced veteran representation in the overall homeless population from 12% to 3%. With Abby’s guidance, ECHO continues to cultivate robust partnerships with property owners and managers to support all those experiencing homelessness, linking this sustained reduction to increased housing access.
The ECHO housing partnerships are an incredible opportunity for property management companies of any size to be a part of the solution while simultaneously meeting their business needs. Abby takes great pride in her team’s commitment to meeting both the needs of the housing providers and those of the individuals they serve, recognizing that building strong relationships with either requires honesty, responsiveness and accountability.
Understanding that each business is unique, Abby adopts a tailored approach to each partner’s specific needs. Benefits that the ECHO program can immediately provide to its landlord partners are:
One centralized place to connect to various programs
Case Management Services
Landlord Outreach Services
Rental and Deposit Assistance
Risk Mitigation Funds