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Red, White & Blues 512 | House Our Heroes Blues Festival, a 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 680 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 & Blues 512 | House Our Heroes Blues Festival was launched on Veterans Day Weekend in 2016 to help fund this critical work.