Rent assistance and low income housing is offered for Austin Texas and Travis County renters and families. Find information and details on the agencies, organizations, and government programs to call for help with paying rent or finding affordable housing.
A large number of churches and charities operate across the greater Austin Texas region, and many have emergency financial assistance that can be applied for to help pay rent and other bills. Housing expenses take up a large part of low income families monthly expenses, and every year thousands of individuals in Austin are faced with evictions and need some short term help to pay their monthly housing costs. This is where these agencies can step in to assist.
Catholic Churches, St. Vincent de Paul Societies - Many Austin and Travis County Texas churches are part of this charity. Dial 476-3750
Later Mt. Zion Church. 1809 Pennsylvania, Dial 469-9020
Foundation for the Homeless, Inc. Breakfast Program "Feed My People". 1300 Lavaca Street (First United Methodist Family Center), Austin, TX 78701, call 512-453-6570. Any type of housing or rent help is provided to Travis County Texas individuals on a first come, first serve basis.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Located at 8134 Mesa 345-8314. Receive rent help once a year.
Texas VFW Foundation, Inc. –Veterans and military personnel can apply for rent help. Also get information on housing for veterans and other government subsidies. Dial (800)997-7096.
Manchaca Methodist Church - Address - FM 1226 at Manchaca; Phone number - 282-7274. Amount of financial aid provided is approximately $20-$35 per applicant. It will be issued in rare occasions, and at most paid out once every 6 months.
Plus One Program - Travis County H & HS - Address - 100 IH-35 N., Ste. 1000. Call for help 854-4120. Hours - M-F 7-5
University Presbyterian Church
2203 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78705
Only on Tuesdays from 9:30 am-noon, the first 25 attendees are served with limited financial assistance for paying rent, deposits, and other bills. Assistance is very limited and restricted.
St. Vincent de Paul, St. Austin's Catholic Church. Location 2026 Guadalupe. Phone number 477-9471. This is part of the nationwide network of churches and volunteers. Various social services are administered, including homeless prevention and shelter. As funding allows, zero percent interest loans may be issued to pay rent for qualified low income families in Travis County.
University Presbyterian Church. Dial 2203 San Antonio. Call 476-5321. Hours Tues., 9-12, and services are limited to 15 people.
Westover Hills Church of Christ. Address 8332 Mesa. Phone number
All Saints Episcopal Church at Greg House (building behind the church). 209 W. 27th Street, Austin, TX 78705. Sign up on Tuesday mornings at 6am. Receive up to $25 to pay your rent. In addition, money can be used to pay for security deposits, medical expenses, gasoline, transportation, and many other bills and housing expenses.
Emergency Solutions Grant may have funds for housing and rental costs. The federal government HUD organization will provide this on an annual basis in Travis County. Some of what may be offered includes emergency funds to pay rent along with case management. Low income housing, grants or loans for paying security deposits, legal aid and referrals all may be offered too, with a focus on preventing evictions. Call 512 281-4180 for information.
Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, Inc. (ARCH)
500 E. 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Can help the homeless get back on their feet and also locate low income housing.
Baptist Community Center
2000 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78702
512-478-7243. Call for an appointment.
Get help paying for first month’s rent and other housing costs like a mortgage or energy bills. Free food is also passed out.
Caritas of Austin
611 Neches Street, Austin, Texas 78701, phone 512-472-4135
If you have an unexpected emergency, such as job loss or medical condition, this non-profit organization can help you pay your rent and get back on track. Receive money at most once per year. This is an agency that works to address the crisis.
Legal Aid of Central Texas - Tenants facing eviction may get answers to questions on their legal rights and responsibilities answered. A major focus of the attorneys is on preventing and assisting residents that are faced with evictions. Free advice and support is available. (512) 447-7707
Christian Service Center at University Avenue Church of Christ
1903 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705, telephone 512-476-9584
Funding is limited, but Austin families can apply for rent help or money for electric, utility bills, or other emergency expenses.
Travis County Family Support Services Division has multiple locations. Dial (512)267-3245. In order to apply for rent assistance, the potential client needs to apply within 14 days of rent due date. Clients may request assistance once every 12 months at most. In addition, the applicant to the center must also join up for a workforce development activity such as help finding employment, job training, education, literacy or GED classes, etc. There are some limited exceptions.
Austin Texas Health and Human Services Department (HHSD), call (512)-972-5011, runs the government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.
Advocacy Outreach offers the TDHCA's Emergency Solutions Grants program in partnership with other non-profits. It can help the homeless pay for moving expenses or security deposits. Other financial aid, loans, or loans grants may be issued for rent or energy bills. Other emergency housing needs are supported as well. Call (512) 281-4180.
Government funded eviction prevention and rehousing programs help the homeless or low income tenants. Emergency money may help with back rent or energy bills. Additional services in Austin Texas include transitional housing, free vouchers for motels and rental or security deposit assistance. More on Travis County homeless prevention.
Church at 10000 David Moore Rd.. Austin Texas based. Call 512-280-4460.
Has very limited funding and relies heavily on donations and volunteers. May be able to provide for first months rent, security deposits, or maybe a partial rent payment to help prevent homelessness. A number of housing type expenses can be paid for. All payments would be made to the landlord.
Saint Austin Catholic Parish. 2026 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas 78705, 512-447-1589. Apply for financial assistance with paying rent, utilities and electric bills, and other financial support and aid.
Immanuel Lutheran Church – Rental assistance may be offered for low income residents living in the Pflugerville Independent School District. (512)251-4168
St. Ignatius Catholic Church (St. Vincent de Paul), located on 126 W. Oltorf, phone 512-442-0026, runs an onsite free food pantry, rental assistance, utilities, and other low income housing assistance available.
304 E. 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Can pay up to $25 for rent. On Thursdays up to 10 people can get aid, and in addition on Tuesdays (women only) can get rent help.
Master's Hand - Provides emergency financial assistance with paying rent, and they can assists only 5 clients per month, usually within the first few days of the month. Provides assistance once every 6 months to qualified people. (512) 832-7811
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