For immediate housing needs, the City of Austin’s Public Health Department’ Self-Sufficiency and Responsibility Initiative provides collaborative services to help homeless men and families get back on their feet, with a focus on self-sufficiency and responsibility.

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless is a men’s shelter and resource center for up to 100 men to meet basic needs, including healthcare, showers, laundry facilities, phone and messaging centers, lockers, and food. It also has several co-located agencies providing case management, job placement services, and legal assistance.

Austin Women and Children's Center operated by the Salvation Army, the Shelter for Women and Children provides emergency shelter to single adult women and to women and their dependents. Services include case management, job training, and GED and ESL classes.

Austin’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)manages federal funding for financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and to help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized.  Managed by the Austin Public Health Department, the program provides grant funds to Youth and Family Alliance (aka LifeWorks) and CARITAS of Austin. Information for both programs is included below:

Youth and Family Alliance (aka LifeWorks) provides Rapid Housing and Supportive Housing Programs that provide on-site case management and apartment-based transitional living to homeless youth and young families. Participants are provided with comprehensive case management, independent living skills, and parenting classes, as well as linkages to resources such as childcare, counseling, and medical services.

Caritas of Austin conducts community outreach and intake for HPRP, and serves as liaisons to area school districts, faith communities, and homeless service providers. Caritas also manages the City-funded Rapid Re-Housing Pilot Project which serves as the liaison between local landlords and the HPRP clients and conduct the required housing inspections.

Most all charitable organizations in Austin use a Coordinated Assessment Application to serve people experiencing homelessness. The application is a 50-question survey that helps community service providers align the needs of those who are displaced with that most appropriate support services. Managed by a collaboration of Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), Front Steps, and the Salvation Army, the Coordinated Assessment Application lets individuals complete only ONE application for services that is accepted by dozens of support services and resources in the city. Housing partners include Foundation Communities, Green Doors, CARITAS Austin, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Austin, among others.

Individuals can complete the Coordinated Assessment over the phone by calling ECHO at 512-234-3630 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, or by visiting a location below to fill out the assessment in person.

Front Steps

500 E. 7th St, Austin, Texas 78701

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri – 9 am -4PM

Tues – 9 am-12 pm

Salvation Army

501 E. 8th St, Austin, Texas 78701

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri – 9 am -4 pm

Tues – 9 am -11 am & 2 pm -4 pm