The 1995 introduction by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of a continuum of care for the homeless encouraged communitities to address the full range of factors contributing to homelessness. One approach to serving the homeless that brings HUD's continuum of care under one umbrella is known as supportive housing. This report examines applicability of a supportive housing model as an alternative to current efforts to house the homeless in Austin, Texas. Despite the region's strong economy, the number of homeless people continues to rise. This report explores the element of supportive housing that, if incorporated into existing homeless service programs in Austin, could help alleviate the complex problems contributing to homelessness.