Resources by Location

Aunt Bertha

Connects people to programs and resources in their community. Find food, health, housing, job training programs and more, anywhere in the United States.

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Rental Assistance

St. Vincent de Paul

Through various parishes, assists with rent payments.  If you live in ZIP Codes 78722, 78705, 78703, 78751 and 78756, call St. Austin's at 512-477-1589.  If you live in 78702 and are an English speaker, call Holy Cross at 512-472-3741.  If you live in 78702 and are a Spanish speaker, call Sacred Heart at 512-926-1171.

 

University Avenue Church of Christ 

Call Mondays between 9:15 am and 11:00 am to make an appointment. 

512-476-9584

 

Catholic Charities

Call Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed for lunch from Noon-1 pm).

512-651-6080

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 

Call Tuesdays between 10 am and Noon. They will help once a year.

512-345-8314

 

David Chapel

Call Monday through Wednesday between 2-3 p.m. You will need a paper copy of the late rent notice to apply for assistance.

512-472-9748


Affordable Housing

Foundation Communities

Efficiency apartments and more including the Children’s Home Initiative for families below 30% of the median family income in Austin

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Mary Lee Foundation

Provides affordable housing to the working poor, single parents with young children and those on Social Security Disability.

512-443-5777 | Website

 

The SAFE Alliance (formerly SafePlace)

Provides emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.

512-267-7233

 

St. George’s Senior Housing 

Provides low-cost housing for older adults and people with disabilities. 

512-459-8285 | Website

 

LifeWorks

Has several housing programs for young adults.

512-735-2100 | Website

 

Saint Louise House 

Provides affordable housing and essential services to mothers and children experiencing homelessness in Central Texas.

Website

 

Austin Habitat for Humanity 

Provides a range of housing services.

Website

 

Clarksville Community Development Corporation

Provides affordable housing in Clarksville.

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Baptist Children’s Home

Provides housing for women with children.  

512-246-4232 | Website

 

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation provides affordable housing for families in East Austin.

512-479-6275 | Website

 

Caritas of Austin

Provides permanent housing and supportive services for individuals who are chronically homeless and disabled.

512-472-4135 on Monday – Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

 


Wildflower Terrace

Provides low income housing for the elderly. 

512-328-3232 | Website

 

Green Doors 

Provides affordable housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are struggling with homelessness and are at-risk for homelessness.

Website

 

Accessible Housing Austin

Serves people with disabilities who would otherwise be priced out of the current housing market or forced to live in institutions.

512-442-6680

 

Austin Tenants’ Council 

Provides a guide to affordable rental housing in the greater Austin area, as well as advocacy services. 

Website

 

Housing Authority of the City of Austin 

Provides affordable housing resources to low income families and individuals.

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Emergency Shelter

The ARCH Day Resource Center 

Provides a range of services to meet basic needs for adults struggling with homelessness.

512-305-4100 | Website

 

LifeWorks Emergency Shelter 

Provides housing, case management and educational support for teenagers (ages 14-17) and older foster youth in emergency need of a safe place to stay.

512-735-2400

 

Asian Family Support Services of Austin 

Provides advocates that can help Asians and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking to get an access to the resources they need

877-281-8371

 

Austin Shelter for Women and Children 

Emergency shelter program for women and children who are experiencing homelessness.  

512-933-0600 | Website

 

Foundation for the Homeless 

Provides various housing services.

512-453-6570 | Email

SAFE Austin

Offers services for children and victims of domestic violence or abuse.

512-267-7233 | Website

 

Starry, Inc. 

Provides temporary shelter to runaway and homeless youth. Walk-ins accepted, but appointments preferred

888-206-4579 (17 or younger) | Website

 

Central Texas Youth Services 

Operates the Option House which is a 15-bed emergency shelter for children and youth ages 3-17

Crisis line: 800-421-8336 | Information line: 254-634-2085

 

The Red Shield Lodge 

Provides emergency shelter for homeless men, women, and families with children.

512-476-1111 | Website

 

Annunciation Maternity Home 

Provides free services to young women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. 

512-864–7755 | Website


Food Assistance

Hope Food Pantry Austin doors are open Thursday and Friday mornings starting at 9:00 am. Clients should be at Hope no later than 9:45 a.m. to be eligible for the lottery and must bring proof of address such as a Green Card, lease, utility bill, Medicaid card, etc. and Identification with picture is preferred. Visit this link http://hopefoodpantryaustin.org/for-clients/ to read the lottery process.

Abiding Love Lutheran Church This program provides 3 days worth of food for you and your family, free of charge. If you would like to attend this food pantry please bring an ID with you. The pantry is open every Monday 1:30pm – 3:30pm (doors open at 1:15pm) http://www.abidinglove.org 7210 Brush Country Dr. , Austin, TX 78749 512-892-4040

Micah 6 Food Pantry (University Presbyterian Church) provides a food pantry to people in need. See their website for more information: http://upcaustin.org/about/mission-service

El Buen’s Samaritano Episcopal Mission food pantry provides emergency food assistance to families and individuals in economic hardship for a period of six months. Distribution hours are Tue, Wed, Thu 9:00 am – Noon. Give them a call at 512-439-0700 to receive assistance.

The Storehouse Food Ministry provides groceries once a month to those who are in a food crisis. No one is turned away who has a genuine need since the ministry do not impose any geographical restrictions. The pantry is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Give them a call at 512-989-9989 to receive assistance.

Fresh Food for Families is a unique program that provides low-income families with quality fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods free of charge on a regular basis. These fresh foods supplement existing grocery budgets with much-needed nutritious items. Fresh Food for Families distributes an average of 10 pounds of food to more than 8,000 individuals each month. http://www.austinfoodbank.org/how-we-help/ffff.html

Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE) Each month, HOPE clients receive an 15- to 20-pound bag of groceries to supplement their existing diets. They receive items like canned vegetables and meats, cereal, pasta and soups. Fresh produce and personal hygiene products are also included.
http://www.austinfoodbank.org/how-we-help/hope.html

Kids Cafe, an official program of Feeding America, serves as a direct partnership between the Capital Area Food Bank and existing after-school programs. There are more than 1,600 locally operated Kids Cafes across the nation. In FY2011, CAFB served more than 33,500 meals to an average of 3,300 children per month.
http://www.austinfoodbank.org/how-we-help/kids-cafe.html

The “Wheels of Sharing” Mobile Food Pantries fill geographic and service gaps in emergency food assistance. These Mobile Food Pantries provide basic staples, fruits and vegetables, and frozen foods. Guests also get help from CAFB staff in applying for food stamps and other federal assistance programs.
http://www.austinfoodbank.org/how-we-help/wheels-of-sharing-mobile-food-pantry.html

Meals on Wheels and More delivers hot, nutritious meals to the elderly, disabled, and homebound in the Greater Austin area. Aside from our signature meal-delivery program, Meals on Wheels and More offers additional “And More” services including their Meals for Kids Program.
http://www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org/programs/

 Financial Assistance

UPLIFT provides basic needs assistance to people in need. They offer emergency food bags as well as financial assistance for rent, utilities, and prescriptions. Tuesdays only from 9:00 am to Noon. http://upcaustin.org/about/mission-service 512-476-5321

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish provides financial assistance for basic needs such as rent, utilities gas, water, electricity and prescriptions. Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm 515-926-2552

The City of Austin offers a Medically Vulnerable Registry for customers with a long-term disease, ailment, or critical illness. Customers eligible for the registry will receive more time to pay their bills and personal case management from Austin Energy and partnering social service agencies. To join the registry, contact Customer Care at 512-494-9400.

The City of Austins CAP Discounts program helps customers on low or fixed incomes who receive certain state, federal, and local entitlement programs. CAP Discounts can help reduce utility bills an average of $650 a year. 512-494-9400

St Matthew’s Episcopal Church Good Faith Fund (also an Austin Energy Plus 1 partner) provides assistance with rent and utilities to all zip codes within Austin City Limits. Tuesdays only from 10:00 am – Noon. 512-345-8314

St. Austin Catholic Parish provides emergency financial assistance for people in need. Go St. Austin Catholic Parish at 2026 Guadalupe, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you have any kind of ID make sure you bring it with you, it will help them help you faster. If you have any questions you can always give them a call at 512-477-9471.

 HEALTH

Medical Access Progam (MAP) helps people get the health care they need. We make sure that anyone who has a MAP card can go to a clinic, get medicine, and get emergency care. Every person in your family who is eligible will get a MAP identification card. You may use your MAP identification card to get healthcare services through any of the clinics or doctors who offer care to MAP patients.
http://www.medicalaccessprogram.net

People’s Community Clinic (PCC)’s mission is to improve the health of medically under-served and uninsured Central Texans by providing high quality, affordable healthcare. The clinic has been offering care with respect and dignity since 1970.
https://www.austinpcc.org/

CommUnityCare provides services at 22 locations in Travis County. CommUnityCare provides outpatient primary healthcare, dental care, limited specialty care, and behavioral health services. They also provide HIV/AIDS treatment at their David Powell location, and care for the homeless at the ARCH. CommUnityCare is now accepting new patients under Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, MAP, and Sliding Fee Scale.
http://www.communitycaretx.org/index.html

Some of Lone Star Circle of Care’s patients have public insurance (Medicaid, CHIP, etc.), but are unable to find a primary care doctor who will see them. Ninety percent are under-insured or have no health insurance at all. Many of the uninsured are hardworking families that simply can’t afford coverage; in Texas 79 percent of uninsured adults work or have at least one working family member. Through Lone Star Circle of Care these hardworking Texans can obtain healthcare services that improve their lives and reduce the overall cost burden of the entire health care system.
http://www.lscctx.org/patients/

HOME REPAIRS

Handy Wheels (a program of Meals on Wheels and More) provides minor, safety-related home repairs and improvements to those in need. Their Home Repair and Architectural Barrier Removal program is for low income homeowner clients who face serious structural issues with their homes resulting in a decline in health and safety.
http://www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org/programs/

Hands on Housing is the largest volunteer-based home repair effort in Austin. We repair and revitalize the homes of senior citizens and disabled homeowners who are living in deep poverty. Our goal is to help them safely remain in the homes they love and to provide an outlet for the compassion shared by all of the great faith traditions. Since 1990, Hands on Housing volunteers have repaired over 1000 homes.
http://interfaithtexas.org/service/hands-on-housing/learn-more/

Austin Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985 – 27 years ago – as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Austin Habitat for Humanity’s entire mission and vision are anchored around their dedication to ending the cycle of poverty housing and the deeply held belief that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Together with the great people of Austin, they build homes, communities and hope. Austin Habitat for Humanity does new home construction and also has a home repair program.
https://austinhabitat.org/index.php/aboutus

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Budget Dumpster  – Space is a precious commodity, even for those of us with big homes. With a dumpster rental in Austin you can rid yourself of all that extra clutter and find the space to store the things you need.
http://www.budgetdumpster.com/austin-tx-dumpster-rental-texas.php