REFERRALS             ( updated May 2019 )

First Call for Help : 211 or  512-973-9203

A free, bilingual information and referral service that provides information about food, clothing, housing, child and youth services, job placement assistance, education, recreation, support groups and other programs and services.


 First Call for Help : 211 or  512-973-9203

A free, bilingual information & referral service that provides info about food, clothing, housing, child and youth services, job placement assistance, education, recreation, support groups and other programs and services.


American Veterans Crisis Line

Texas Veterans Commission

V.A . 7901  Metroplis Dr)  78744   512-823-4100

Outpatient Clinic: For primary healthcare, specialty care and hospitalization  Contact Andrew Miller

Transitional housing for single veterans.

Green Doors   512-469-9130   1503 So IH35

Housing First– Transitional, affordable, permanent housing.

Strike Force  Help with VA benefit claim, denial or appeal, call 254-299-9950.   See for even more resources and links.   877-4AID-VET

Center Point Texas Veterans Program 512-297-2990 outreach, assessment of needs, vocational readiness training, housing assistance, job placement and referrals to job skills training programs for homeless Veterans . 2101 S. Interstate 35 Suite 219  Austin, TX 78741


 Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) 500 E 7th St. 512-305-4100  This day resource center/night shelter provides bathrooms, showers, bus tickets, coffee, emergency clothing, first aid and hygiene supplies, laundry facilities, lockers, mailboxes, message posting, referrals and telephone.

Salvation Army 501 E. 8th St., 512-476-1111    The Downtown Shelter  and Social Service Center is a 242-bed multi-population shelter accommodating single women, single men and families with children.

Also Safe Sleep for Single Women Program. 5:30pm  Sleep on a mat.  See pg 3.

Trinity Center   304 E. 7th St,   Front desk: 512-610-3542   Case Management: 512-610-3553  Day resource center, phone, computers, breakfast and coffee, women’s clothing closet, direct assistance, reading glasses, I.D., long distance calls.  Sunday Worship followed by meal.

Hrs: Mon & Tues 9am-1 (women only); W – F  9am-1 PM; Sunday 2:45 – 4:30.   C.D. Doyle Free Healthcare Clinic 2-4:30PM, side entrance. No appt or ID’s necessary!  Wednesday 9am-Bus pass lottery.          Wed 1-3PM Challenger Paper meeting-Please knock.  Mon, Tues and Thurs 1:30-3:30 pm – Art Class

Foundation for the Homeless  Call for locations,

512-453-6570   Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) offers a 90-day shelter stay to homeless families with children as they work toward self-sufficiency. Long-term case management services are offered to all families residing in IHN. Supportive services are offered through the Passages case management program.

Community Partnership for the Homeless

Call for locations, 512-469-9130   Transitional housing for single male and female veterans.  Affordable rental housing for homeless disabled single parents & their children. .

Casa Marianella  821 Gunter St., 512-385-5571

shelter, food & programs for recently arrived immigrants from all foreign countries. English class, legal services & potential housing.

Safe Haven   500 East 7th Street  512-305-4129

MHMR shelter for homeless mental health.  Must go through ACCESS; call or visit during walk-in hours at the ARCH, 9am – 10:30am  Wed & Fri

Family Eldercare    Call for locations, 512-450-0844

Outreach and in-home care for those over 60 years old.

Safe Place  Call for locations, 512-267-SAFE (7233)    Emergency shelter, counseling, transitional housing and case managers for women escaping domestic & sexual violence.  children & men also accepted.

Victory Temple (Outcry in the Barrio)  2300 Canterbury,

512-480-9628   Pastor: David Perez  6 mo housing program focused around bible study. Food, lodging & clothing offered. The first 5 mo are centered around religious education/participants are not assisted in getting jobs or outside housing.


STREET YOUTH DROP-IN Micah 6    Sun. 2-6 PM         U.B.C. 23th & San Antonio        For 30 & younger  Computers, games, just a place outside of the weather. Great meal  4:30 PM

Street Youth Ministry 30 yrs and under drop-in; 408 W. 23rd St. basement; Austin, TX 78705; ph#: 512-553-3796; website;; Closed Sundays, Mon-Fri noon-4pm, Tues & Thurs 6pm-8pm,  Sat: 10am-noon. Mon: showers at UPC across the street. Providing bible study, group enrichment activities, mail service, food, toiletries, clothing, social service referrals, and other resources to homeless clients.

Lifeworks Feeding for Youth     2026 Guadalupe St. Thurs 4:30-5:30PM   Hot meals, day passes and hygiene.  26 yrs and younger.

HOME COOKED MEALS   Every Friday    1:30-3pm   University Baptist Church      2130 Guadalupe St. All ages


Dell Seton Medical Center at UT  (formerly Brackenridge )  512-324-7000  1500 Red River St.  911 Emergency care.

ARCH Clinic-Community Care  500 E. 7th St. 512-978-9920 Mon–Fri  7-11 am & 12-4 pm.  walk-ins and appointments

MAP cards       512-978-8130    1313 Red River Ste. 217A

Mon. – Fri. 8am or 1 pm  Homeless get right in.

Screening and enrollment done on a walk in basis. appts preferred. Full coverage medical services with reduced or no copay. Must meet a set criteria.

Rosewood-Zaragosa Clinic (main office)

2802 Weberville Road,  512-978-9400 &

1111 E. Cesar Chavez (downtown area)


C.D. Doyle Free Healthcare Clinic Sundays 2-4:30 PM, side entrance, Trinity Cntr. No Appt or ID’s Needed!


VA Outpatient Clinic

7901 Metroplis Dr)  78744   ? 512-389-7104

For primary healthcare, specialty care and hospitalization

Contact Andrew Miller


RBJ Dental Clinic

15 Waller St., 512-978-9895  You must go through MAP (Medical Assistance Program) to find out your eligibility – there is a sliding scale for emergency services.


Tuberculosis Elimination Clinic  15 Waller St.,   TB testing.


Fighting cancer alone?  The Care Communities.  Fighting a serious illness without a strong support system? You don’t have to be alone. The Care Communities recruits and trains volunteers to provide emotional and domestic support to those affected by serious illness, including cancer and HIV. 512-459-5883


Manos de Cristo Dental Clinic  (wait in line or appt)  4911 Harmon Av  78751     512-477-2319  Emergency dental care for people who are working and don’t qualify for city, state, or federal programs.

STD Clinic   15 Waller St., 512-972-543O  not anonymous but confidential STD testing. Must have photo ID.

AIDS Services of Austin   7215 Cameron Rd., 512-458-2437  case management, testing, & a variety of financial services available.  The Jack Sansing Dental Clinic is a part of AIDS services of Austin and operates on a sliding scale for all HIV positive clients.

Integral Care- ARCH  500 East 7th St., 512-478-5644  For homeless mental health.  Walk-in hours are 9am – 10:30am  Wed & Fri or you may call them and an outreach worker will come to you.

Integral Care   24/7 Crisis Helpline  512-472-4357  (HELP)  Immediate emotional support. 24 hr/day, 7 days/week

Mental Health Information HelpLine  1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Mon— Fri, 9.– 5, CST

H.O.S.T    Homeless Outreach Street Team    512-804-3720


Baptist Community Center Mission 2000 E. 2nd St Elect, water, gas, meds, birth cert, food      512-478-7243


Texas Dept. of Human Services  Moved to Capital Plaza  512-929-7330  Women, infants & Children (WIC)  Call for closest location, 1-800-942-3678



VA  7901  Metroplis Dr)  78744   ? 512-389-7104  Transitional housing for single veterans.

Blackland Community Development Corp. 2005 Salina St., ? 512-972-7595  Transitional housing for families and single persons.

American Youth Works 216 E. 4th St. ? 512-472-3395  High School Diploma Program, ages 16-20 Also has a first-time home buyer program.

Green Doors   512-469-9130   1503 So IH35

Housing First–Transitional, affordable, permanent housing.


Austin Housing Authority  1124 S. IH-35 ATX, 78704.  512-477-4488  6 month to 2 year; waiting list depends heavily on individual circumstance.


Travis County Housing Authority 2200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. 512-480-8245 Similar to Austin Housing Authority.


Foundation Communities

3036 South First, Suite 200, 78704, 512-447-2026 Affordable housing for families of low to moderate income.


Texas Low-Income Housing Information Service

1100 E. 8th St., ?512-469-9802   This is not a housing program, but rather an information service.  They may be able to answer your questions about other operations.


Jeremiah Program houses about 40 families in Austin. Website promotes it as a holistic place for single mothers to better themselves and overcome poverty. PO Box 50590 Austin, TX 78763;

(512) 770-9036


Community First! Village  Hogeye Rd


ReEntry of Caritas   611 Neches St. 512-479-4610 ext. 240.  Case management for single adult homeless individuals. Housing and other supportive services available for motivated individuals.



Social Security   1029 Camino LaCosta

1-866-627-6991         1-800-772-1213


Legal Aid for the Homeless  

500 E. 7th Street    Richard R. Troxell 512-374-2742   Civil legal advice. Sign-up Thurs 1PM at ARCH


UT Criminal Defense  512-232-1300  for misdemeanor offenses in Travis County. Income requirements.


VETS: Help with VA benefit claim, denial or appeal, call the Strike Force at 254-299-9950.   See for even more resources and links.   877-4AID-VET


Texas Legal Services Center  1-844-303-SAFE

We offer free legal assistance to victims of crime and survivors of sexual assault..




Caritas  611 Neches St. Serves lunch at 11 AM..

Austin Baptist Chapel (Angel House)  908 Cesar Chavez  Every day  Breakfast (till it runs out)  M-F 9:30-10 am, Sat 9-9:30am, Sun 8:45-9:15am       Lunch  11 am – 12:30 pm   Sunday services

Feed My People 1st United Methodist Schmidt Jones Family Cntr 1300 Lavaca  5:45—6:45 am  Tues & Thurs.  Other services include showers and hygiene products, haircuts (most Thursdays) and eyeglass referrals (most Tuesdays).


Salvation Army 501 E. 8th St. 512-476-1111 Breakfast, lunch & dinner to residents only. The Downtown Shelter  and Social Service Center is a 242-bed multi-population shelter accommodating single women, single men and families with children.


University Baptist Church  512-478-8559              God’s Family Dinner 5-6pm in sanctuary building  2130 Guadalupe St, enter through alley entrance.

Food pantry: Thurs 5:30 – 6:30 pm,  Sat 10:30 – 11:30 am.  Sundays at 2 PM Micah 6 Street Youth Drop-in Center 2107 San Antonio St (right behind the sanctuary building).


University United Methodist Church   2409 Guadalupe    Saturday  9 am  &  lunch 11 – 12 pm   Clothing closet: 9:30 – 11 am


Food Not Bombs      Sat 4-6 pm, at A.R.C.H. Vegan menu


University Ave. Church of Christ   University Ave. @  MLK   512-476-6088   Temporally closed


Food for Friendship Community of Christ. 2132 Bluebonnet Lane—Sundays 8am-9:30am.


Trinity Center 304 E. 7th St  9 am Mon-Tues Women Only  Wed-Fri women & men  Sundays 3:40 pm (must attend 3 pm service)


Shoreline Church 505 E. 7th St. Sats (attend 11:30 am church service)


Bridge of Angels I-35 & 7th St. Sats  BREAKFAST & 11—Noon


Mobile Loaves & Fishes Trucks      To find a truck, call 512-328-5299 or visit




Dept. of Public Safety  1500 No. Congress

Renewals & duplicates only.


Bureau of Vital Statistics   1111 E. Cesar Chavez, 512-972-5400   Austin/Travis County Health Department -Texas birth certificates.





*****Really Really Free Market – free clothing!

Last Sunday of every month, 1-3 p.m.,

Chestnut Community Park  2207 E. 16th St.

1000’s of free clothes! All styles, sizes and seasons.


Donate men’s dress clothes to


Victory Outreach men’s home.  You can call David Escalera at 512-762-6251     78744


Disability Rights Texas


Central Tx Regional Office  2222 West Braker Lane Austin, TX 78758   (512) 454-4816  (formerly Advocacy, Inc)  QNB Savings  for help with electricity.  (800) 252-9108


H.A.N.D.   1640 B East 2nd, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78702   512.477.3796



Needle Exchange  

Austin Harm Reduction Coalition  P.O. Box 13482   Austin, Texas 78711  Email:   Voicemail: 512-374-4470

Father Joe’s has a food bank every 2 weeks,  at the Parsonage  on Euclid behind St Ignatius Church  at  Congress & Oltorf.  Open Mon – Thurs  9am to  1pm


Loaves and Fishes

27th & Whitis St.  Tues 7-10 am  Breakfast.  Assistance with rent, utilities, ID’s, bus passes, HEB cards. Get in line at 6 am


Free haircuts

 at the Feed My People Breakfast on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  The breakfast is at First United Methodist Church downtown at 13th and Lavaca.   It is held upstairs in the Family Life Center.  Doors open at 5am and haircuts are available as long as a volunteer is there to do them.


Supercuts Training Academy  7801 N. Lamar Blvd  512 481-8900  Free haircuts by trainees  Call ahead for days/times.  Generally Tues-Fri

Ron King Academy 512-596-5000  Free haircut but tips expected.  Call ahead for days/times


Speak at City Council

Citizen  communication    call 512-974-2210 to sign up


Nat’l sex assault HOTLINE  1-800-656-hope

Texas Legal Services Center  1-844-303-SAFE

free legal assistance to victims of crime and survivors of sexual assault..


HUMAN TRAFFICING               1 (888) 373-7888

Nat’l Human Trafficking Resource Center- Text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733  English, Spanish and 200 more


My Library Keeps Me Healthy

One-Stop Assistance: Social Services, Free Health Screenings and Computer Help

Tues-Faulk Central 11-1

Wed- Little Walnut Creek  2-4

Thurs-Terrazos 11:30-1:30.

Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose tests .


Street Lit Writers Club: Fri 3-5 pm @  ARCH 2nd fl. confer rm A        Coffee and snacks


Don’t Freeze Nite Shelter Call ARCH 512-305-ICEE     Below 32” or Wet & 35’.  By 5pm at ARCH Families to Sally by 7pm.  Ages 10-23  Call 512-735-2300



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