July 31, 2019

Austin Partner Ed McHorse, a member of the Corporate & Tax Practice Group, was quoted in the article, “Austin eyes a city corporation to fight homelessness,” which appeared in the August 1 edition of the Austin American-Statesman. The article discusses a proposal to form a corporation dedicated to addressing homelessness in the city, which can accept private donations. It’s expected to come before the Austin City Council for a vote in early August.

State law grants Texas cities the ability to create local government corporations, formed as nonprofits that are empowered to act on behalf of the city for a government-related purpose. According to the proposal, a board of at least three members would initially include one member each from the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Continuum of Care consortium and the private business sector.

Ed McHorse, currently a Board Member of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), said he thought the idea of the corporation was a good one. “If it can help fund services in the homelessness arena…..some of these things do require a quick response," he said. "The devil will be in the details of how it's implemented."

Ed has dedicated countless hours over the last twenty years in the fight against homelessness in Austin. In addition to being a board member of ECHO since 2008, he served as Board Chair from 2010-2012. He received the 2017 Spirit of Compassion Award from the Foundation for the Homeless and the Community Spirit Award from Front Steps in 2012. He also serves as a Board Member for a number of other organizations dedicated to helping those in need throughout the Austin community.

To read the article, click here.


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