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Get help with rent in Austin and Travis County.

Rent assistance and low income housing is offered for Austin Texas and Travis County renters and families. Find information and details on the charity agencies, churches, and government assistance programs to call for help with paying rent, security deposits 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. Financial aid for back rent, utilities, emergency shelter and other services may be arranged. Dial 476-3750

Later Mt. Zion Church. 1809 Pennsylvania, Dial 469-9020

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Located at 8134 Mesa 345-8314. Receive rent help once a year to income qualified tenants. Funds are limited..

Texas VFW Foundation, Inc. – Veterans and military personnel can apply for rent help. Housing and other resources are also for their immediate families. Also get information on low cost apartments, government, security deposit assistance or grants for veterans or learn about other government subsidies. Dial (800)997-7096.

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. Mary
The church is located at 910-A San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX, 78701. Residents of the zip code of 78701 only may get help. Any type of housing or rent help is provided to individuals on a first come, first serve basis. Phone 512-476-3750.

Carolyn T. Smith Loaves and Fishes Outreach Ministry
Address is 209 W 27th St
Austin, TX, 78705
The charity is only open Tuesday mornings. Small dollar amount of funds can help pay rent or security deposits, including on section 8 housing. Other resources in Travis County include utility help, transitional housing, and more. The rental assistance can stop homelessness of immigrants, single moms, and the less fortunate.

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 Tuesday., 9-12, and services are limited to 15 people.

Housing Authority of Travis County
Main office is 502 E Highland Mall Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 480-8245
The section 8 HUD voucher program is for very low income families, seniors, or the disabled. It provides rent help in the form of income based housing or apartments. Other services including home buying information, Family Self-Sufficiency, public housing, and information on loans as well as other forms of housing and/or rental assistance.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Location is 5909 Reicher Dr.
Austin, Texas 78723
(512) 926-2552
The parish covers NE Austin Texas. Emergency rent help, loans cash grants, shelter, and utility help may be offered. There are housing and rental assistance programs for single moms, the working poor and others.

People impacted by domestic violence or assault can learn about housing or rent programs from the Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA). There is also information on shelters, benefits, and other resources. For referrals, call 1-877-281-8371

Catholic Charities of Central Texas only has a limited number of application days per month. As funding allows, there is financial help to pay for back rent or a mortgage. Referrals are given to shelters, housing assistance for immigrants, and other support. The emergency rent assistance is also for Spanish speakers. Address is 1625 Rutherford Ln, Austin, TX 78754. Phone - 512-651-6171. More on Catholic Charities assistance programs in Travis County.

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 (877) 541-7905 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. Referrals are given to government grants to pay security or utility deposits as well as job placement services.

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.

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 or aid. They also assist immigrants and Spanish speakers. They 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

AIDS Services of Austin
Location is 7215 Cameron Rd
Austin, TX 78752
Call (512) 458-2437
The non-profit only helps people or families impacted  by HIV or AIDs. Emergency financial aid, transportation, low cost loans, rent help, affordable housing and other help is offered. They coordinate supportive housing in Travis County and help patients pay their rent, deposits, and other bills so they have a place to live.

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. They also offer rental assistance, utilities, free motel vouchers and other low income housing assistance available.

Community Centers in Travis County offer benefits. This may be cash aid, social services, low cost housing or government rental assistance programs, and more. Much of the aid is a social service type program for the very low income or families in poverty.

  • 100 N. IH 35, Austin, Texas, 78701. Phone: 512-854-4120
  • 600 W. Carrie Manor St., Manor, Texas, 78653. For housing, cash or rent programs call  512-854-1550
  • Aother center is at 2201 Post Road, Austin, TX 78704. Call 512-854-9130
  • 15822 Foothill Farm Loop, Pflugerville, Texas, 78660. Call 512-854-1530
  • 8656 A State Highway 71 West, Austin, Texas, 78735. Main number is 512-854-2130

Trinity Center
304 E. 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Can pay up to $25 for rent. On Thursdays up to 10 people can get financial aid, and in addition on Tuesdays (women only) can get rent help. Or find other resources, including single mom rent assistance programs.





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

By Jon McNamara

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