Red, White, and Blues 512~House Our Heroes, a music festival fundraiser created to help homeless veterans, was founded by a small group of friends who were inspired by the collaborative efforts happening in Austin to end veteran homelessness.



Through the teamwork of the nonprofit groups including Caritas, Front Steps, Samaritan Center, ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Organization), and the Housing Heroes Fund, Austin has housed over 1000 veterans since 2015. In addition, these veterans are receiving services such as case management, therapy and skills training to help them get firmly back on their feet.

Motivated by this collaboration, the first Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes festival was launched on Veterans Day Weekend in 2016 to help fund this critical work.

An effective structure is now in place to help our veterans, but the reality is that ongoing financial funding is needed in order for the teamwork’s success to be sustainable for the veterans already receiving support and for those yet to be identified. As time goes on and more soldiers return from deployments, the need for services is expected to rise. The nonprofit groups providing the services are identifying 35 to 50 new veterans needing help each month in Austin.

This year Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes continues to focus on helping veterans who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms. While the festival is a celebration of Austin’s success, it is also a call to action to ensure that progress continues. Without steady financial support from the community, these programs will not be able to continue to provide the assistance our veterans need.

All proceeds and donations from Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes will go directly to the nonprofits to improve the lives of our veterans with vital services such as treatment for returning soldiers with PTSD , housing for veterans who may only own the backpack on their backs, life skills and employment training to start a new life, therapy to heal emotional wounds from war, and even food bank support for daily survival.

No veteran should ever be homeless.With your support of Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes we can help our veterans build the futures they deserve.

The Red, White, and Blues Team

Tamsen Cohagan, Karen Ingram, Michelle Sunshine, Kelly Ostendorf, Amy Rudy

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