How you can be an advocate...
There are many organizations in Austin, TX that serve the homeless population and most of them will have their volunteer and donation needs posted on their website. Holidays are big times for giving of time and goods, but these are essential needs throughout the year, as well.
Emphasize the Person
The term "the homeless" is out of date and pejorative. Start using person-first language- "people experiencing homelessness". It is important to change the way we talk about homelessness in order to change the way we think about it. Homelessness is an experience, not an identity.
Vote, vote, vote. Stay up to date on local and state issues and vote for candidates that support an effective end to homelessness. After election season, write to your elected officials in support of legislation that will make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.