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Free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies in the Austin Texas region.

Residents of Austin, Travis, and Williamson County can receive free clothes and household goods from churches, clothing closets, and other charities. There may also be free furniture banks for household goods, free back to school supplies or uniforms, job interview attire, diapers and more. The exact type of goods available at each location will change and depend on donations and contributions from people in the community.

Almost all centers in Austin region as well as Travis County will have some type of basic clothing items. This can include shoes, belts, outerwear, or shirts. Some of the clothing closets will try to focus on meeting specific needs. For example, they may provide clothing for children to use for school. Or locations may offer suits, dresses, or more professional attire for individuals looking for a job or who are going on an interview. Other locations may have baby or maternity clothes, school supplies, furniture such as couches or distribute free Christmas gifts and toys.

The hours of each center are limited, and qualifications may need to be met by applicants. It is recommended to call a location near you for a free furniture bank or clothing closet. They can usually refer a client to another location if they can’t satisfy your need.

Austin Baptist Chapel
908 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78702
Main phone number is (512) 474-2666

Austin/Travis County Health And Human Services Department - South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
(512) 972-6840 Main
The government affiliated agency runs a clothing closet, food pantry, and offers case management services, including employment. A great service is the information and referral to non-profits and government aid that is available. Blankets and some other basic needs may be offered. More on the Health And Human Services Department.

 

 

 

Baptist Community Center
Main address is 2000 E. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-7243
A thrift store sells low-cost clothing, including work attire, children's, baby and adult clothing, basic school items, and miscellaneous household items. Free vouchers for some furniture (beds, tables, appliances, etc.) may be offered too. There may also be birthday toys for kids, computers, and other electronics.

Front Steps
500 E. 7th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 305-4100
Students may collected donated school supplies, and it is for kids up to teenager. Shoes, book bags, and more can be provided.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church - Travis County
200 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752
Call (512) 836-8560
Offers basic needs assistance programs.

Greater Mt. Zion Church Community Assistance Center
1809 Pennsylvania Ave.
Austin, Texas 78702
Telephone number - (512) 469-9020
Clothing for work, school or a job interview is offered. They also have items for single moms such as carriages or strollers, shoes and notebooks for lower income students (as well as other free school supplies) and much more.

 

 

 

 

The Helping Hands Center
Location is 1161 San Bernard St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-2298
Distributes clothing, holiday assistance, meals, and the occasional school supplies/backpacks. Pens, pencils, sneakers, school uniforms for high school age, books, and more may be passed out as well.

Hyde Park Baptist Church - Under The Bridge
7th St. at the I-35 overpass
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 459-6587

Lake Travis Crisis Ministries
107 S. RR 620 Suite 114
Austin, TX 78734
(512) 266-9810
Has resources for basic needs, such as eyeglasses, limited financial assistance for paying some bills such as rent, utilities (electric, water, and gas), mortgage, long-distance bus tickets, gasoline, and the agency may even pay for the cost of a GED test. Also provides a free or low cost clothing closet and referrals to other local charities or services.

Lifeworks
Location is 408 W. 23rd St.
Austin, Texas 78705
(512) 735-2300

Lisa's Hope Chest
3110 Manor Rd. Suite A
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 457-0999
The center provides gently-used women's and men's clothing. It is offered for people seeking employment and for people who are starting a new job. Women, including single or immigrant moms, may get free diapers too.

Manos De Cristo Harmon Ave. Office
Location is 4911 Harmon Ave.
Austin, TX 78751
Call (512) 477-7454

 

 

 

 

Master's Hand
202 W. Elliott St.
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 832-7811
Runs a free clothing closet and food pantry. The clothing closet may have children, adult clothing, baby items or professional work attire. Other items distributed include work shoes/boots, depending on current stock. While more limited, the location may also provide household items such as dishes or cookware if available.

River Road Baptist Church
12712 FM 969
Austin, TX 78724
(512) 276-3824
Services include a free furniture bank, soup kitchen, clothing closet, food boxes and more.

Salvation Army Social Services Center
501 E. 8th St.
Austin, Texas 78701
Call (512) 476-1111
Various emergency assistance and social services are offered. Includes Christmas assistance from Angel Tree, which can include toys and gifts. Clothing, food, and more may be offered. A back to school supply drive is also offered and gives free uniforms, backpacks, shoes, and more to students of all ages. Some financial assistance for paying bills may be available. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Travis County.

Shoreline Christian Center
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 983-1048
Provides assistance with job placement, food, clothing, ID's, short term transitional housing referrals and SSDI attorney referrals.

Travis County Health And Human Services And Veterans Services
A couple centers are in the region.
2201 Post Rd. Suite 101, Austin, TX 78704, (512) 854-9130
8656 Hwy. 71 1st Floor, Building A, Austin, TX 78735, dial (512) 854-2130
Residents on TANF can also be given a free gift card or voucher to pay for school supplies for their kids, including clothes the child may wear to school.

Trinity Center (at St. David's Episcopal Church)
304 E. 7th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 610-3542

Woman To Woman - University United Methodist Church
Main address - 2409 Guadalupe St.
Austin, Texas 78705
(512) 478-9387

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westover Hills Church Of Christ
8332 Mesa Dr.
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 345-6386
Offers a clothing closet and while limited, may have rental and utility bill assistance for Travis County region. There are blankets for the homeless, free clothes for immigrants including Mexicans, baby supplies and more.

Hill Country Nazarene Church / Reveal Ministries
1750 Bagdad Rd.
Cedar Park, TX 78613-5122
Call (512) 259-0881
Is in Williamson County. A free clothing bank and low cost thrift store are on site. Furniture including beds or tables is for sale, vintage items, Christmas or birthday toys and more. They also have some school supplies for kids, sneakers, immigration assistance programs and other items.

Lake Shores Church Of Marble Falls
706 N. Phillips Ranch Rd.
Granite Shoals, TX 78654
Telephone number is (830) 220-2344
The faith based church provides basic needs to the poor, immigrants, migrant workers and others.

Family Support Services Division, Northwest Rural Community Center (Jonestown)
18649 FM 1431 Suite 6A
Jonestown, TX 78645
Main number is (512) 267-3245

Hill Country Community Ministries
Location is 1005 Lacy Dr.
Leander, TX 78641
Call (512) 259-0360
Whether it is a low cost thrift store for furniture, free gift cards or certificates, shoes, belts, and more, a wide variety of items may be passed out.

The Lost Closet
Primary location is 1006 Hwy. 183
Leander, Texas 78646
Phone number is (512) 300-8400
The non-profit agency distributes gently used and new clothing. This can include shoes and under garments for people in crisis including women and children who have recently been released from prison.

Travis County Health And Human Services And Veterans Services, Family Support Services Division, East Rural Community Center (Manor)
600 W. Carrie Manor St.
Manor, TX 78653
(512) 272-5561

Travis County Health And Human Services And Veterans Services, Family Support Services Division, North Rural Community Center (Pflugerville)
Address is 15822 Foothill Farms Loop
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Telephone - (512) 251-4168
Veterans and their families can get immunizations (including for school), government grants to pay bills, free clothes, housing, educational or school supplies (or uniforms for work) and more.

 

 

 

 

First United Methodist Church (Pflugerville)
500 E Pecan
Pflugerville Texas 78660
Dial 512-251-2575
A clothing closet is on site. Work attire, clothes for everyday living, and other goods are offered. There is also a thrift store. Kitchen table, lamps, TV, and other low cost goods for sale.

Annual back to school event
Address: 4900 Gonzales St. (It may change yearly)
Austin, TX, 78702
Phone 512-477-7454
It takes place in July of each year for low income kids in central Texas and Travis County. First come and served only until items run out, and students need to be in 5th grade or younger. Uniforms, school supplies, books, backpacks, rulers, and more are given.

 

By Jon McNamara

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