South Austin business Austin Roofing and Construction offers free roof to help a family shelter in place

A photo of a tiny house with a roof donated by Austin Roofing and Construction
Austin Roofing and Construction has operated its Free Roof for a Community Member in Need program for several years, often donating to Community First! Village. (Courtesy Austin Roofing and Construction)

Austin Roofing and Construction has operated its Free Roof for a Community Member in Need program for several years, often donating to Community First! Village. (Courtesy Austin Roofing and Construction)

Austin Roofing and Construction, located off Ben White Boulevard in South Austin, is searching for a family in need of a roof replacement during a vulnerable time.

The business is soliciting nominations for anyone in Travis County who currently needs a roof replacement and does not have the means to pay for it.

“In this time of community members doing what we can for each other, this is what we can do,” owner Tim Bowen said in a press release.

The goal of the giveaway, according to Austin Roofing and Construction, is to help a community member or members maintain livability in their home at a time when they are spending most of their time inside.

“Sheltering in place requires a livable shelter,” the company said in the release. “If it is raining and your roof is leaking, the livability of that home is at risk.”


Austin Roofing and Construction is not new to such donations. It has given roofs through its Free Roof to a Community Member in Need Program for several years and installed 11 free roofs in 2019.

Communications Director Christine Bowen told Community Impact Newspaper that many of those roofs were delivered in partnership with Community First! Village in Austin, which provides permanent housing to area residents that have experienced chronic homelessness.

Because even more families and individuals are struggling with expenses right now, Bowen said Austin Roofing and Construction wanted to get the word out about the program.

“With COVID-19 and people losing their jobs and sheltering in place, we thought it was time to really get the word out to let people know that we are here for this kind of thing,” she said.

Nominations will be accepted through June, and Austin Roofing and Construction will decide the recipient after conducting interviews. Nominations are accepted by phone at 512-629-4949 or online at www.austinroofingandconstruction.com/free-roof.
By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.