Austin assistance programs.

All of the agencies, charities, and financial assistance programs listed below support residents in Austin Texas. However there are additional resources available in the area. Find more Travis County and Austin Texas assistance programs.

Austin Resource Center for Independent Living, or ARCIL for short may, be able to provide services to help people become independent and self-sufficient, including rent assistance, housing aid and other referrals to government programs and non-profits. The main office is on 825 E. Rundberg Lane, Suite A-1, and can be reached at (512) 832-6349.

Austin Texas Legal Aid and Pro Bono advice- Get access to free legal advice for non criminal civil matters including food stamps, SSDI, SSI, TANF, unemployment benefits, mortgage foreclosure counseling and veterans benefits. Located on 400 Nueces Street in Austin TX. Call (512) 476-4383

Austin-Travis County MHMR provides information on social service agencies and non-profits in the Texas Austin area.  (512) 472-4357

Baptist Community Center of Austin (phone (512) 478-7243) offers advice as well as limited financial assistance and cash grants for paying rent expenses, local mortgages, utilities electric, gas, water bills and  prescription medicines.

The Capital Area Food Bank can provide food from the Food Stamp Assistance Program. It can assist qualified low income clients with application assistance as the government programs are cumbersome. Call (512) 684-2115

  • Additional food stamp programs are run by the Texas Department of Human Services, and apply by calling them at 1-877-556-2200. Read more Texas food banks.

Caritas of Austin Inc. Offers financial assistance and access to social services, including vouchers for paying for clothing, health care, prescription medications, medical assistance, eye exams and eyeglasses, rent/utility assistance and/or free groceries. (512) 479-4610





Christian Women's Job Corps of Austin - Women who need jobs or support can call this Austin agency. (512) 963-5330 (M-F)

Emergency assistance from 14 centers operated by Neighborhood Center Services across Austin Texas. The different locations offer shelter, free food, clothes closets, forms assistance, education, job training and tutoring are offered at most centers. Some of the Neighborhood Centers may even provide limited medical services and WIC assistance. (512) 322-2341

Health care in Austin from Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid. These medical programs offer low cost health and dental insurance for children who do not qualify for federal government Medicaid programs and insurance. Call 800-647-6558 or (512) 324-2447

CapCityKids (AISD) is for the homeless. The non-profit agency provides information, advice and advocacy services for tutoring, school enrollment, school supplies, gently used or new clothing, summer camp, child care placement, referrals for medical care and other social service programs for homeless families. Dial (512) 414-3690

Master's Hand of Austin will only help 5 families per month. Dial (512) 832-7811. So the five people can get medicines, rent, or utility help.

NAACP Community Development Resource Center is an agency that serves the black community and minorities that need assistance both maintaining and buying a home. Provides pre-purchase home buyer education, dent and credit counseling, default/delinquency assistance, rural home buyer education and information on government mortgage programs.

Salvation Army of Austin can provides emergency assistance in many forms. For example, shelter for families and single adults. The agency can also provides rent help, clothes, meals, free food, case management, tutoring, support groups, funds for energy bills, etc.





St. Matthew'S Episcopal Church may also have some money, in small amounts, to contribute towards emergency bills and expenses. They also partner with food pantries. More Austin food pantries. Call (512) 345-8314

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid is another pro-bono law firm that can provides free legal services and advice to the residents of Austin as well as the greater Southwest Texas area who are unable to afford the fees of attorneys in private practice. Call (512) 374-2700

Austin United Way - They are a great place for information on government programs and local charities. Dial (512) 973-9203. Or find an extensive listing of United Way and other Austin Texas rental assistance programs.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) - This is the federal government program that can offer both short-term assistance for children under the age of 5 and pregnant and breast feeding women. Some of the medical and health care services offered include immunizations, health and nutrition consultation, growth checkups, WIC-approved food vouchers, breast feeding support and more from sixteen sites across Austin. 1-800-942-3678


In addition, as noted above, click here to find a more comprehensive listing of Travis County and Austin financial assistance programs and non-profits.




By Jon McNamara

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