Espero Rutland is being developed by Caritas Austin near the intersection of Metric Boulevard and Rutland Drive. The apartment complex will provide housing for homeless people. (Rendered courtesy of the Vecino Group).

A first shovelful of dirt will take place on August 9 for Espero Rutland, 1934 Rutland Drive, Austin. The project is the first housing complex owned and operated by Caritas in Austin and is intended to provide housing to homeless people.

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

The AHFC is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors made up of members of the Austin City Council. The AHFC and the City of Austin have invested $ 7.5 million in Espero Rutland, the statement said. Tax credits and loans from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as well as private funding also help fund the project.

Individuals will find accommodation in Espero Rutland through a process Caritas has put in place with the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. Once at the resort, on-site staff and case managers will help people access services such as substance use disorder treatment, healthcare, and domestic violence support. Austin Public Health funds the services, according to the Caritas fact sheet.

People living in the resort will earn 60% of the area’s 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.

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