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Housing & Shelters

Also check the citywide resource site with COVID-19 updates:

The ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless)

  • 500 E 7th Street, Austin, TX 78701

  • 512 305 4100

  • The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) serves as the first point of entry into the homeless social service system for many of Austin’s adults experiencing homelessness.

  • Provides case management and shelter services for men.

  • Public restrooms, public showers, storage lockers, laundry facilities, a clinic, and a computer room are some of their facilities open to the public.

  • Clients receive meals services.



Austin Shelter for Women and Children, The Salvation Army

  • 4613 Tannehill Ln., Bldg 3, Austin, TX 78721

  • 512 933 0600

  • The Austin Shelter for Women and Children (ASWC) is a low barrier, housing focused emergency shelter serving women and dependent children experiencing homelessness.  Their goal as operator of the program is to provide “wrap-around” services designed to assist homeless women in ensuring that homelessness is brief, rare, and non-recurring. Case management, rapid rehousing, employment assistance, computer learning lab, child care, and child/family therapy are provided on site. Applicants are accepted on a first call first serve basis, and the center maintains a call-back list which has averaged more than 300 women and children for the past year.



The Salvation Army, Downtown Location

  • 501 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

  • 512 476 1111

  • The Salvation Army Social Services Center (SSC), built in 1987, is a low barrier, housing focused emergency shelter providing 242 beds currently for individual men and women experiencing homelessness.  Case management, employment assistance, computer learning lab, rapid rehousing and cold weather shelter are provided.

  • In addition to basic needs services, co-located programs include The Salvation Army SafeSleep for at-risk single women, ECHO Coordinated Assessment, Veterans Outreach, and Goodwill Employment Services.



The Salvation Army Rathgeber Center for Families

  • 4613 Tannehill Ln., Bldg 1, Austin, TX 78721

  • 737-256-6926

  • The Salvation Army Rathgeber Center for Families is a 212 bed shelter and will be a safe-haven for families experiencing homelessness in our community.

  • Amenities include: resident case management, rapid rehousing programs, employment assistance and skills training, childcare, computer learning center, laundry facilities, full service kitchen, and more.



Foundation Communities:

  • Foundation Communities is an affordable housing organization that operates on a first come first serve waitlist. Foundation communities has various locations and properties around town, whose waitlists open within the first week of each month. Potential residents are encouraged to call often to inquire about waitlists and housing opportunities. The average amount of time spent on waitlists ranges from 6 months- 2 years, so calling back often is important!


  • 512 447 2026


Community First Village:

  • 9301 Hog Eye Road Suite 950

  • 512 328 7299

Community First Village is a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supporting community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

  • To be eligible, an individual must have completed a coordinated assessment, attend a potential resident tour, have income, and have been chronically homeless in Travis County for at least a year.



SAFE  (Women / Family shelter)

  • Emergency and transitional shelter that provides safety and stability for women and children.

  • Space in the shelter operates on a waitlist

  • Address is kept confidential for safety reasons.

  • 24 hr SAFEline: 512 267 7233



Casa Marienella- Posada Esperanza  (Immigrant family shelter)

  • 821 Gunter St, Austin, TX 78702

  • 512 385 5571

  • Casa Marienella welcomes displaced immigrants and promotes self sufficiency by providing shelter and support services. In addition to shelter, Casa offer access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, English classes, and other resources.



Mary Lee Foundation (affordable housing)

  • Private, non-profit organization providing homes and specialized services to individuals with special needs.

  • 1339 Lamar Square Dr, Austin, TX 78704

  • 512 443 5777



Green Doors (affordable housing)

  • 1503 S IH 35, Austin, TX 78741

  • 512 469 9130

  •  Green Doors’ mission is to prevent and help end homelessness and poverty housing for those working to achieve independent living in Central Texas.



Camp Esperanza or Esperanza Community

(Approved outdoor camp site, previously known as Camp Abbott or camp R.A.T.T.)

  • State regulated outdoor site at 183 and Montopolis.

  • The Other Ones Foundation has recently moved their services out to the camp site. Services include: day labor opportunities, shower trucks, potential case management, and more.



Saint Louise House (Family transitional housing)

  • Saint Louise House provides housing and essential services in Austin to women with children who are experiencing homelessness.

  • 2026 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

  • 512 302 0027



Lifeworks-PORT (Youth Shelter)

  • 835 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702

  • 512 735 2400

  • LifeWorks provides housing along with other services and programming that youth experiencing homelessness need to live independently and self‑sufficiently.


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