Austin Restoration Ministries: How a Lack of Nonprofit Transparency Harms the Homeless

Austin’s homelessness problem is rampant and where the city’s efforts to alleviate the issue fall short, non-profit organizations often step in to pick up the slack. One such organization, Austin Restoration Ministries (ARM), is well-known among many Austinites for their practice of panhandling at street intersections. But while they are visible, little is known about the inner workings of the organization. On the surface they seem to be an innocuous religious nonprofit, but there could be much more to the ministry than meets the eye.

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