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Housing & Rental Assistance


Texas Housing Assistance Line (1-855-802-0014) This resource is available statewide 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help people facing housing instability or homelessness, with a focus on people dealing with mental health or substance use issues.

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

Austin ECHO Complete a Coordinated Assessment to be connected with potential housing assistance in Austin, TX.

Community First! Village Affordable housing community in Austin, TX for chronically homeless individuals with a disability.

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

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.

Clarksville Community Development Corporation

Provides affordable housing in Clarksville

Baptist Children’s Home

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

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

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

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.

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

Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Provides affordable housing resources. 512-477-4488

DMA Companies

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

Aldrich 51 | 512-904-0501

Wildflower Terrace | 512-843-3801


Austin Tenants’ Council Guide to Affordable Housing

Provides a Guide to Affordable Housing in the Greater Austin Area to find an apartment in Austin

TDHCA Vacancy Clearing House

Search for upcoming affordable housing vacancies.

Front Steps’ Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH)

Emergency Night Shelter and Day Resource Center for individuals experiencing homelessness.

David Chapel Baptist Church

Provides a variety of services through their ministries. Call 512-472-9748 for more information.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church 

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


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

Salvation Army Center 

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


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

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

Annunciation Maternity Home

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

Texas Residential and Vocational Services

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


Rental Assistance

 Tenant Based Rental Assistance

Catholic Charities of Central Texas   (512) 651-6100

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church   (512) 345-8314

St. Vincent de Paul, St. Austin’s Catholic Church  (512) 477-9471

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, Inc. (ARCH)    (512) 305-4100

Travis County Family Support Services Division (512) 267-3245

Austin Texas Health and Human Services Department (HHSD)   (512)-972-5011


Mobile Loaves & Fishes Provides daily prepared meals, clothing, and hygeine products through their truck stop locations

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.

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 1pm – 3pm 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. | 512-478-8559 x206

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 – 11:00 am. | 512-439-8900

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, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 512-989-9989

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. 512-282-2111

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.

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.

Employment & FINANCIAL Resources


Goodwill Central Texas

Goodwill offers a variety of education and employment services.

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.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Job Support Group that meets every Monday from 12pm-1pm


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 9:30 am to 10:30 am. 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 Austin’s 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.

Senior Living’s Veteran Care Guide is designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options. 

The Simple Dollar is a personal finance blog committed to providing well-researched, useful content that empowers their readers to make smart financial decisions.

St. Vincent de Paul (through St. Austin’s Catholic Church) Usually helps with $200 towards rent; can also get non-perishable foods from them.

Catholic Charities Catholic Charities helps families and individuals avoid homelessness and achieve financial stability through education and emergency financial assistance.

Austin Community Law Center  The core of ACLC’s mission is to make legal services radically more affordable. We charge sliding-scale fees based on our clients’ income, below what most other attorneys charge.


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.