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Homeless advocates march for better wages

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For homeless advocates, April 15 isn't just about taxes; it's about trying to make a difference.

The nonprofit House the Homeless marched through downtown Austin, starting at the post office on Congress and working their way to the Capitol, Tuesday morning.

The group's mission is to raise awareness about the living wage, which they say is several dollars more than the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Members say raising pay ensures people working 40 hours a week can afford to live in Austin. Advocates say if more businesses paid the living wage, it would lower the number of homeless people and reduce the burden on taxpayers.

"We know that if businesses paid fair living wages, the people would be able to afford the basics in life: food, clothing and shelter. And right now that's not attainable," Richard Troxell with House the Homeless said.

House the Homeless has been marching every April 15 since 2001. They say they'll continue until Austinites get at least $13 an hour, which is what they say is a fair living wage for the area.

Other financial advocates have said Austinites need at least $8.50 an hour to get by.

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