Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
The Step Onward Foundation was co-founded by Patrice Pike, musician and survivor of housing insecurity.
More than lacking shelter…
Through our work, we have come to understand that “homelessness” is complex. It is not simply a lack of shelter. Many people experience varying degrees of homelessness and housing insecurity throughout their lives. Having a safe place to call home is such a basic human need that when it is threatened, people often experience traumatic stress, and with it, mental and physical health issues and challenges affecting employment, among other adversities. It is easy to see how a vicious cycle is created under these conditions.
Our solution is to disrupt the cycle. We partner with young adults who have experienced housing insecurity or homelessness, including many who have aged out of the foster care system. We work with them as they pursue higher education and other forms of career preparation to ensure that they have the financial support, sound guidance, and encouragement needed to achieve their goals.
Working with other community-based organizations, we assess each young person’s needs and available resources, filling the gaps that remain to provide wrap-around support as they transition into adulthood.
We partner with local hospitals to support low-income families facing eviction or foreclosure due to a medical crisis with a child. These families have exhausted their financial resources and are now at risk of losing their home and struggling to feed themselves and their other children. Social workers at local hospitals like Dell Children’s Hospital refer low-income families who need emergency support to stay housed and fed, so they can focus on what’s most important – their family – without the stress of when they’ll get their next meal or where they’ll sleep that night.
In addition to providing support for housing, food and education, we fund transportation costs and mental health and wellness.
Health and Wellness
Texas Children’s Hospital
2006 – Current Partner
“Step Onward has been a huge help to our families because they immediately seek to help the families that are referred to them. Step Onward is not only a resource, but also a partner to us at Texas Children’s Hospital.”
Our Referring Partner Organizations
Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, of which 700,000 are unaccompanied minors, meaning they are not part of a family or are accompanied by a parent or guardian. On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness. Learn more at NCSL
P.O. Box 150591
Austin, TX 78715