Food Insecurity & Hygiene
On the 1st Sunday of each month, volunteers head out to the central Austin area, along with other locales in north and south Austin, to distribute food, hygiene, and sanitary supplies to those experiencing homelessness. This also includes clothing items, pajamas, shoes, backpacks/duffle bags, blankets and socks. This is the foundational and original program for Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless since 2009, but the supplies offered adapts based on the periodic feedback sought from those served.
Transit Assistance Program (TAP)
Based on numerous requests and feedback received from recipients, TAP seeks to help fill the mobility gap that affects our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness. 200, 31-day bus passes are distributed every 3 months directly to individuals that come through the giveaway lines. Passes are good from the 1st-usage swipe plus 30 days thereafter, and have been used for travel to: work, case workers, recovery services, medical/clinic services, provide an escape from current weather conditions, and more. This program is funded by the amazingness of the Austin community. For transparency, receipts for purchases made for TAP can be found here.
Focused Transit Assistance Program (F-TAP)
For those that recently obtained housing assignments, more targeted assistance can aid to ease this transition and help make this housed situation permanent. F-TAP provides a 31, day bus pass every single month for at least 6 months to defray the cost of transit on an ongoing basis. As donations allow, requests for grocery assistance and "welcome" packages (consisting of pots, cleansers, and other home items) can also be offered to recipients.