Our Approach

Hearing the Homeless takes an humanistic approach to addressing the issues of homelessness through looking at every homeless person as just that a person; a complex individual with distinctive needs, struggles, and obstacles. By taking individual comprehensive assessments, facilitating direct giving from the community, and targeting urgent needs specific to each individual, HTH seeks to remove the barriers keeping the homeless from reentering society and rebuilding their lives.

Our vision

Our vision is to build and develop communities of love and respect where everyones voice is heard and needs are met. We realize that money doesn’t solve problems, positive relationships do. HTH takes a holistic approach to supporting our fellow humans in need through building authentic intentional relationships. We encourage individuals in the community to go beyond giving money to giving time. Life is hard on your own. We all need a little support and encourgement.

The traditional approach of direct public giving is long outdated. Using our technology, we are able to direct your donations towards targeted needs; maximizing donations and giving our reps the tools they need to thrive instead of just enough to survive.

Ready to take the next step? You can become a fundraiser, lead a fundraising team, or simply give to support our cause.


 HTH in a Nutshell

HTH is a nonprofit that works with the homeless, or as we call them, "HTH Representatives," on a one-on-one basis. By capturing and  sharing their stories with the world, we hope to humanize the homeless and build a community of support around them to foster positive relationships and life changing resources.

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CROWDFUNDING THROUGH STORIES 

HTH provides a platform for the ignored to be heard by using a team of professional videographers to capture their stories. We then assign a team of individuals to run crowdfunding campaigns on their behalf to facilitating direct donations from a larger community network. Every HTH rep has different needs, hopes, dreams, talents, and skills, so we work with them to figure out where they want to be in life and work to provide them with the resources/services/items/relationships  that will take them there.

DONATE DIRECTLY WITH PENNY INC. CARDS

We assign each of our HTH Reps a personal expense cards with technology that prevents theft. We invite the community to donate directly to the person whose story moves them, with 90% of the money deposited onto his/her card or into savings for a specific need. These cards use technology provided by Penny Inc. that ensure responsible spending while also helping with financial management. We have also partnered with Mobile Cause to ensure that community donations are managed responsibly, transparently, and securely. 

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH ART AND EVENTS

HTH believes that one way to spread love is through art. So we engage with the community through inspiring artistic creativity. We've partnered with over 100 public schools in Austin and surrounding areas, local companies, professional artists, and pop-up events in an effort connect individuals from different walks of life through creating art that creates change. All of the art created by the community is used to provide an additional stream of revenue for the homeless as well as maintain our educational programming in the schools.

 

Get Involved

Hearing the Homeless relies on the support of the local community to achieve our goals. We are always looking for passionate and inspiring people to join our team. Find out how to become an HTH Volunteer,  Ambassador, Donor,  Fundraiser, or Corporate Partner below.

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We rely on the support of the community to keep our organization out on the streets and getting people off the streets. Through your gracious donations, we are able to reach more people and create more change. Your dollar helps us buy the equipment to film stories and get them online, art supplies for our educational art programs, and administrative supplies.                                 

VOLUNTEERS

If you like to attend exciting events, if you like art, and/or you like to give back to those less fortunate sign up to become an HTH Volunteer! HTH Volunteers are a crucial component to our organization and we owe much of our success to the help of the community. From running events to helping film or edit stories, you all make what HTH does possible. You are provided with a t-shirt when you sign up to attend your first event with us! 

 

AMBASSADORS

If you're a people person with a knack for promotion and a heart of gold sign up to become an HTH Ambassador. As a HTH Ambassador you represent our organization and help spread the word around town, on your school's campus, and online. We provide you with a t-shirt, business cards, and other promotional material. Thanks to the help of HTH Ambassadors we've been featured in the press, set up chapters at universities, and made lifelong friends.

FUNDRAISERS

As an HTH Fundraiser you can create your own profile and start an individual fundraising campaign, join a team, or create a team to help HTH fulfill our mission. After you sign up, you can share your unique link with family and friends on social media to invite them to donate to your campaign. We will be running quarterly competitions with the ability to win incredible prizes such as custom murals and music festival passes.