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Resources for Those Experiencing Homelessness

According to the point in time count, 4,491 people experienced homelessness in Austin in 2017. We’re committed to using our resources to end homelessness and support housing stability. 

City of Austin Homeless Programs

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) 

ARCH is a resource center and emergency men’s shelter located in downtown Austin. Services include:

  • Healthcare

  • Case management

  • Job placement

  • Legal assistance

  • Showers

  • Laundry facilities

  • Phone centers

  • Lockers

  • Food

Austin Shelter for Women and Children (ASWC)

ASWC provides emergency shelter to single adult women, as well as women and their children. Services include:

  • Child care

  • Child and family therapy

  • Case management 

  • Job training

  • High school equivalency (GED) and English as a second language (ESL) classes

Homelessness Outreach Street Team (HOST)

The Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) is a new, innovative and collaborative initiative that operates in the Downtown and West Campus area, occasionally assisting other parts of the city to address the needs of people living on the streets. HOST is modeled after similar successful programs that have taken root in other cities in the U.S.

Additional resources

Supportive services

For kids and families

  • Austin ISD’s Project Help supports homeless and unaccompanied students enrolled in the Austin Independent School District.

  • American Youthworks allows young people to complete their high school education while gaining vocational training.

  • Any Baby Can provides services for children, expecting parents, and parents of young kids.

Emergency shelter

Transitional and affordable housing

Contact Info

Phone: 512-974-2200

Fax: 512-974-2833

Physical Address:

301 W. 2nd, 3rd Floor
Austin, TX 78701

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Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767

Key Contact : City Manager Spencer Cronk