Construction of homeless housing complex set to begin in Northwest Austin

Espero Rutland is under development by Caritas of Austin near the intersection of Metric Boulevard and Rutland Drive. The apartment complex will provide housing for those experiencing homelessness. (Rendering courtesy The Vecino Group).
Espero Rutland is under development by Caritas of Austin near the intersection of Metric Boulevard and Rutland Drive. The apartment complex will provide housing for those experiencing homelessness. (Rendering courtesy The Vecino Group).

Espero Rutland is under development by Caritas of Austin near the intersection of Metric Boulevard and Rutland Drive. The apartment complex will provide housing for those experiencing homelessness. (Rendering courtesy The Vecino Group).

A groundbreaking will be held Aug. 9 for Espero Rutland, 1934 Rutland Drive, Austin. The project is the first housing complex owned and operated by Caritas of Austin and is intended to offer housing for those experiencing homelessness.

Caritas is partnering with developer The Vecino Group and the Austin Housing Finance Corp. to build the 2-acre apartment complex, which is intended to house 171 people in studio apartments, according to a Caritas press release and fact sheet.

The AHFC is a nonprofit under the guidance of a board of directors made up of Austin City Council members. Both the AHFC and the city of Austin have invested $7.5 million in Espero Rutland, according to the release. Tax credits and loans through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as well as private financing are also helping fund the project.

Individuals will find housing at Espero Rutland through a process Caritas has set up with the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. Once at the complex, on-site staff and case managers will help individuals access services such as treatment for substance use disorders, health care and domestic violence aid. Austin Public Health is providing funding for services, according to the Caritas fact sheet.

Individuals living at the complex will earn 60% of the area median family income or less with some apartments reserved for those earning 30% or less of the median family income.


The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.
By Greg Perliski

Editor, Lake Travis/Westlake & Northwest Austin

Greg joined Community Impact as an editor in November 2020. In the communities he covers, Greg reports on local government, transportation, real estate development and business. He has written for newspapers, online publications and corporate communications teams. Greg earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.



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