Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.
Advocacy Outreach was founded 20 years ago in Elgin, Texas to fight poverty and homelessness in Central Texas. The organization operates a FREE thrift store where people can “shop” for gently used clothing and household goods. Fans are distributed in summer and heaters in winter to those in need. A day resource center is equipped with kitchen, shower, computer lab, fax, phones, copier and reading room. Tenants at risk of losing their housing receive financial assistance to pay overdue rent or utility bills. Family literacy programs educates parents who are learning to speak English or aiming for a GED diploma while their pre-school-aged children attend an Early Childhood Development Center—parents also learn how to teach their children as they strive to meet their own educational goals. Summer camps for homeless children and holiday “adopt-a-family” programs meet specialized needs. Staff members are always available to help walk-in clients resolve problems.
Through faith in action, Austin Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership with families and engages our community to end the cycle of poverty housing. Austin Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985 – 27 years ago – as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our entire mission and vision are anchored around our dedication to ending the cycle of poverty housing and the deeply held belief that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Together with the great people of Austin, we build homes, communities and hope.
Back on My Feet is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other under-served populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem.Through dedication and hard work, Members earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves by advancing to the “Next Steps” phase of the program where they gain access to educational, job training and employment opportunities, as well as financial aid. In short, BoMF focuses on changing the direction of people’s lives by changing the way they see themselves.
Provide affordable housing to low-income families, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities.
Provide transitional housing and case management services to homeless and near-homeless families.
Create innovative, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible housing
The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) is dedicated to planning, prioritizing, and developing strategies to end homelessness in Austin/Travis County, TX.
Foundation for the Homeless(FFH) mobilizes faith-based and community resources to alleviate homelessness in Central Texas. Each year, FFH empowers 900+ persons facing homelessness. FFH’s professional staff focuses first on keeping people in their homes. When homelessness cannot be avoided, FFH shelters family members together in their own space. Families work to regain housing using FFH’s resources, including: financial assistance, life skills coaching, and job supports, e.g., transportation, child care. FFH also offers breakfast, hygiene services, and friendship to 300+ adults twice weekly. More than 3,000 volunteers from 70+ community groups partner with FFH to end homelessness. Our community saves $44,000 for each person exiting or avoiding homelessness. By this measure, FFH returned $17,908,000 to Austin during 2013. The deeper value of our work is in nurturing a more caring, sustainable community. Celebrating our 25th year, FFH guides families home in a spirit of hope and compassion.
Front Step's mission is to provide a pathway to hope through shelter, affordable housing and community education. Front Steps manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), the Central Texas Recuperative Care Center, and the Keep Austin Housed AmeriCorps Program, as well as three HUD permanent supportive housing programs. Front Steps is one of the largest multi-service agencies serving homeless adults in the Central Texas region, reaching over 10,000 people annually and providing Respite Care, Transitional Housing, 215 emergency shelter beds each night, and nearly 54 units of permanent supportive housing. Each year, Front Steps moves 200 vulnerable adults affected by mental illness, chemical dependency, and multiple disabilities off of Austin's streets and into housing, more than any other local homeless provider in the area.
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas's mission is generating lifelong connections to work. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods and other commercial business lines are used to fund job training and career development programs for Central Texans who have a disadvantaging condition such as limited access to employment, education, housing or health care.
Since 2006, HousingWorks has united local leadership around the value that home affordability is central to the success of Austin families, employers, schools, and neighborhoods. HousingWorks advocates for a wide range of housing options so that all Austinites can afford a home, be it an apartment or a house.
HousingWorks operates through a volunteer board of diverse business and community leaders and a handful of consultants. We engage in research, education, leadership and policy work that make it possible for nonprofit and for-profit builders to make more affordable homes available throughout Austin.
HousingWorks advances leadership understanding of housing through several channels. Tours, publications, and conferences reaching hundreds of Austin leaders. Advocacy for policies that facilitate inclusion of affordable homes in all areas of town. Collaborations with diverse entities to increase understanding of the link between stable, affordable housing and positive community outcomes.
Saint Louise House was founded in 2000 to address the drastic shortage of safe housing and supportive services for homeless women and children. We provide deeply affordable and supportive housing for low income homeless women and their children with the goal of helping families develop long-term stability. Saint Louise House has grown from five apartments in 2001 to two 24-unit apartment complexes and the capacity to serve 46 families. We currently serve 34 families comprised of 34 mothers and 71 children
The Salvation Army is committed to Doing the Most Good with partners who share a desire to help our neighbors move from crisis to stability.
Providing care and aid for those living on the fringes of society is at the heart of The Salvation Army’s mission. Officers, staff and volunteers work with individuals every day in Austin and throughout Central Texas, to help them out of homelessness and along a path to recovery.
Individuals who seek help through the social service programs receive a holistic approach. We provide individuals with physical, emotional and spiritual support to help them make the changes necessary to transform their own life.
The Salvation Army operates the largest emergency shelter in Central Texas. Almost 500 people sleep on a bed each night and 1,200-1,500 meals are served daily for 365 days a year.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all by providing sustainable design, planning and development services to low and moderate income individuals, families and neighborhoods and the organizations that serve them.
Operating under the philosophy that everyone has a right to safe, decent, fair, and affordable housing, the Austin Tenants' Council fulfills thousands of requests each year for help with housing problems. ATC programs address many areas of need: housing discrimination; landlord/tenant education and information; and housing repair and rehabilitation.
Casa Marianella creates a community of respect and solidarity with Spanish speaking immigrants and international refugees by providing hospitality and promoting self-sufficiency. Casa Marianella serves homeless men, women, and children and believes in providing personal attention, treating clients with kindness and respect, and using a strength-based approach to case management.
Foundation Communities creates housing where families succeed. We provide quality affordable homes for 2,000 families and services that educate, support, and improve the financial standing of the working poor right where they live. Earning 80 percent of our budget, we invest in services that provide a hand up to stability.
Frameworks Community Development Corporation, Inc. is a non-profit HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency using a comprehensive strategy to meet the affordable homeownership needs of hard working families.
HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY. An intensive Home Buyer Education and Counseling program makes Homeownership possible for families who have not had that opportunity. Families are challenged to gain sophisticated skills to become thoroughly prepared for long term homeownership.
SAVING FAMILY HOMES. As the economic crisis and job losses have put family homes in jeopardy Frameworks intervenes through Foreclosure Prevention Counseling to help families save their homes.
RESCUING NEIGHBORHOODS. Communities impacted by vacant foreclosed homes are stabilized as Frameworks acquires and rehabilitates foreclosed homes, and turns them into affordable homeownership.
KNOWLEDGE FIGHTS POVERTY. Skills gained through Financial Literacy Education programs allow families to gain control of resources, manage credit and address debt issues. Effectively managing money means resources can be stretched.
HFHWC is a non-profit Christian ministry providing affordable home ownership opportunities in Williamson County. By partnering with families in need, along with community volunteers and donors, HFHWC builds affordable homes for very low-income families in Williamson County – offering them a hand up, not a handout. Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County also has a ReStore which sells new and used building materials to the public at substantially reduced prices. Shoppers find lumber, plumbing fixtures, lighting, paint, windows, doors, cabinets, tile, blinds, shutters, appliances and more -- all in an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Proceeds from the ReStore help build more Habitat homes for low-income families in Williamson County. The ReStore also fosters recycling and diverts tons of useable materials from the landfill. Last year, the ReStore diverted nearly 900 tons of usable materials from the Williamson County landfill.
Mary Lee Foundation serves persons with special needs so they may develop dignity, self-worth, and skills to socially integrate and contribute to their community. Mary Lee helps persons “to live like everyone else.” This is possible through Mary Lee’s supportive neighborhood of affordable housing and services on Lamar Square Drive.
Our Mission and Goal is to teach our clients to become responsible productive role models in today's society with the teaching and application of the word of God. Pastor Tony L. Johnson and wife Sister Juanita founded the Ministry of Challenge in 1993 for the expressed purpose of providing direct intervention and care to the drug addicted of East Austin. The Ministry houses, feeds and clothe 45-60 people daily.The Ministry provides classes, which will help our clients to achieve their goals and enhance self-esteem. For the past 20 years, this program has served over 4100 men with a success rate of approximately 60%. The Ministry feed and clothes the homeless every day. The Ministry is the cornerstone on 12th and Comal for East Austin.
This agency is a Christian 501c 3 that assists ladies in recovery from chemical dependency and those coming from prison by a women’s housing program called Maggie’s Home and an ex-offender support group called The Overcomer’s.
Trinity Center is a faith-based organization meeting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people experiencing poverty and homelessness, our “neighbors.” The Center functions as a place of worship, a day resource/drop-in center, a basic needs provider (restrooms, phones, computers and meals), and a place to feel welcome, safe, and heard.