Meet the Team: Leadership Advisory Council Member, Ali Khataw

Ali Khataw is the CEO and Founder of Encotech Engineering Consultants, INC. He is very involved in the community, including being a Housing First Oak Springs Leadership Advisory member. Mr. Khataw recently attended an Integral Care Housing First tour where we had a chance to ask him some questions.

Why do you consider yourself and advocate for the homeless community?
Homelessness is not only an issue to the individual who is actually homeless but also it is an economic strain on our society. Addressing the issue of homelessness provides a double return, both for the individuals experiencing homelessness and the community in which they live.

How has your work as a PhotoPhilantropist shaped your view of the world we live in?
My desire to help others and use art to make a difference has inspired me to delve into the world of Photo Philanthropy. Images have an undeniable power and I want to harness that power and use to make the world a better place.

Your son volunteers for Hands on Housing, an iACT program where volunteers and skilled professionals repair homes for senior citizens and people with disabilities living in deep poverty. Why do you think it’s important for the youth in our community to advocate for individuals who are less fortunate than others?
I believe teaching youth to advocate for individuals who are less fortunate than one’s self is an important lesson to learn early in life.

What kinds of services do you want to see for the homeless community in Austin?
Housing First provides a home first and offers the supports necessary to help improve the lives of individuals living a new apartment. Services can include, but are not limited to, job training, mental health and primary care.

To learn more about Ali, read the Austin American Statesman article.