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 www.tvc.texas.gov
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 www.tvc.state.tx.us 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; www.streetyouthministry.org; 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
MEDICAL, DENTAL, MENTAL HEALTH
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 email@example.com
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
FOOD STAMPS, HUMAN SERVICES, MEDICAID
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.
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 https://jeremiahprogram.org/
Community First! Village mlf.org 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 CARDS, DISABILITY BENEFITS
Social Security 1029 Camino LaCosta
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 www.tvc.state.tx.us 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 http://mlf.org/truck-schedules/
TEXAS ID’S & BIRTH CERTIFICATES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Harm Reduction Coalition P.O. Box 13482 Austin, Texas 78711 Email: email@example.com 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
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
Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose tests .
Street Lit Writers Club: Fri 3-5 pm @ ARCH 2nd fl. confer rm A www.StreetLit.org 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 Micah6austin.org
Speak Up & Be Heard
Email us your bad cop stories, write in pen name. Bear witness, be your brother and sister’s keeper.
Let us know,
If not now, when? If not you, whom?
Tell us your stories. Contact ChallengerNewspaper@yahoo.com
Be safe, y’all, report on police, keep them honest, lawful and peaceful. Lizard King
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