Foundation Communities

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

Mary Lee Foundation

Provides affordable housing to the working poor, single parents with young children and those on Social Security Disability. 512-443-5777 

St. George’s Senior Housing

Provides a low-cost apartment community for older adults and people with disabilities. 512-459-8285 


Has several housing programs for young adults. 512-735-2100 

Saint Louise House

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

Austin Habitat for Humanity

Provides a range of housing services. Website

Clarksville Community Development Corporation

Provides affordable housing in Clarksville. Website

Baptist Children’s Home

Provides housing for women with children. 512-246-4232 | Website

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporationis an affordable housing provider to families from East Austin. 512-479-6275 | Website

Caritas of Austin

Provides permanent housing and supportive services for individuals who are chronically homeless and have a disability. 512-472-4135 on Monday – Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

Green Doors

Offers several housing programs. 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 Housing in the Greater Austin Area to find an apartment in Austin. Website

Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Provides affordable housing resources. Website

DMA Companies

Provides affordable and special needs housing through two properties in Austin.

Aldrich 51 |512-328-3232 x4799 | Website

Wildflower Terrace | 512-328-3232 | Website

Texas Residential and Vocational Services

A professional care community that offers individualized assisted living services. 512-928-2498 | Information

St. Vincent de Paul (through St. Austin’s Catholic Church)

Usually helps with $200 towards rent; can also get non-perishable foods from them. Call and leave a message. They will call you back. 512-477-1589

University Avenue Church of Christ

Call Mondays only between 9:15 am and 11:00 am. They will make an appointment for you to come in later in the week. 512-476-9584

Sacred Heart

Call Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. 512-926-1171

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 only between 10 am and Noon. They will help once a year. 512-345-8314

David Chapel Baptist Church

Call Monday and Tuesday between 2-3 p.m. 512-472-9748

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (St. Vincent de Paul)

Call Sundays between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. 512-476-3750

The ARCH Day Resource Center

Provides a range of services to meet basic needs. 512-305-4100 | Website


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 | Website

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 | Website

Salvation Army Center | Website

Austin Shelter for Women and Children

Emergency shelter program for women and children who are experiencing homelessness. 512-933-0600

Emergency Shelter

Provides emergency shelter for homeless men, women, and families with children. 512-476-1111

Foundation for the Homeless

Provides various housing services. 512-453-6570 | Website

SAFE Austin

Offers services for children and victims of domestic abuse and provides an emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. 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 | Website

Annunciation Maternity Home

Provides free services to young women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. 512-864–7755 | Website


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 | Website

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) 7210 Brush Country Dr. , Austin, TX 78749 | 512-892-4040 | Website

Micah 6 Food Pantry (University Presbyterian Church) provides a food pantry to people in need. | 512-478-8559 x206 | Website

El Buen’s Samaritano Episcopal Mission food pantry that 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. | 512-439-0700 | Website

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. | 512-989-9989 | Website

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. | Website

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.

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.

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.

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.


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. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.


Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas State Agency responsible for connecting workers with employers, and overcoming barriors to employment such as adverse work history or disabilities.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area (WFS Capital Area)

The leadership and governing body for the regional workforce system. They are responsible for the planning, oversight, and evaluation of workforce development activities in the Austin/Travis County area. WFS Capital Area helps to connect and align the efforts of the regional workforce system. Together they enable people and businesses to be competitive in a global market.

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