TOOF and a resident elected Leadership Committee partner to serve as stewards for the Esperanza Community, a ~150 person sanctioned encampment in Austin, TX. TOOF offers work opportunities, case management/housing navigation, hygiene and laundry facilities, and a community center with mail and internet access. We also function as the camp’s service coordinators, working closely with the service provider community to bring in all the resources needed to properly support the residents here. Other service providers facilitate food access, mental and physical health resources, and more. We collaborate with camp residents to foster a solution-focused community that honors the vision of residents for the future of The Esperanza Community.
To that end, the residents have recently voted on “the Esperanza Community” as the official name of the site. They have also elected a five person Leadership Committee that will now be at the table with TOOF and making decisions about the future of the site collaboratively.
TOOF is currently building a transformational shelter complex with 200 individual shelter units that will allow community members to get out of the elements and into a safe and dignified living space where they can work through TOOF programs and towards stable housing.
To get involved in this shelter complex buildout, head to our Welcome In page!