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City of Austin, Health and Human Services Department resources.

Across the city and Travis County are a number of Neighborhood Centers that are affiliated with the Austin Health and Human Services Department. The locations serve as the region’s community action agency centers and provide a number of programs to the low and moderate income in the area.

Eviction prevention and homeless assistance services are part of the cities Self-Sufficiency and Responsibility Initiative. The Neighborhood Centers, working with non-profits in Travis County, provide the region with a comprehensive approach that provides services, including rent or housing assistance, to help the recent or long term homeless people gain stability. Housing solutions involve a comprehensive, collaborative approach that builds on existing resources to address gaps in other county services.

The Health and Human Services Department, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, is both a resource and a shelter located in the downtown area. The location has an emergency shelter to men and other basic needs. The location may have healthcare, free phone and messaging centers, showers, meals, free food, and laundry. Guests also get access to community action programs such as job placement services, case management and free legal assistance.

The Women and Children's Center is run by a partner agency, the Salvation Army. It provides a place to stay along with case management, government benefits, job training, and GED and ESL classes.

Travis County and the City of Austin offer an affordable, emergency child care program for low income families and the working poor. It is run by Workforce Solutions Child Care Services (CCS) as well as Health and Human Services Department. A number of day care providers across the county participate and accept vouchers from qualified families. The subsidies will help pay for child care bills while the parent is working or in school.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is the federal government supplemental nutrition and food assistance program for pregnant women. Aid is also for income qualified new mothers and young children. Participants receive benefits to purchase healthy foods and baby formula, learn about nutrition and get access to classes on how to stay healthy. Free formula and referrals to other resources, such as diaper distribution, are available. 512-972-4942.




Other services from the Neighborhood Centers are noted below. They are for low income, seniors, the disabled, and even moderate income families in Travis County Texas.

Basic needs can be food pantry, soup kitchens and bread distribution. There are also free clothes closet, notary services, child safety seats, and help with apply for public assistance such as food stamps or LIHEAP. Also get employment/case management information and referrals.

Holiday assistance and seasonal services include Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas Bureau applications, income tax preparation assistance, and free Coats for Kids vouchers.

Health and Medical care is coordinated by registered nurses and other professionals. They will offer the low income, as well as the uninsured, with health screenings and other services. Assistance may include immunizations for children and adults, food assistance, blood pressure checks, referrals to doctors or community clinics as needed, and medications. These services are coordinated by the Health and Human Services Department.

The Neighborhood Centers are listed below. Call for more information or hours.

Bastrop WIC Clinic, 443 Highway 71, Bastrop, Texas 78602, call 1-800-942-2778
Blackland Neighborhood Center is located at 2005 Salina, Austin, Texas 78722. Call 512-972-5790
Clarksville Community Health Center is located at 1000 Toyath Street, Austin, TX  78703.
Del Valle WIC Clinic - South Rural Community Center, 3518 FM 973, Del Valle, Texas 78617. Call the center at 512-972-4942 for intake.





Dove Springs WIC Clinic, 6801 South IH-35, Suite I & J, Austin, Texas 78744, 512-972-4942
East Austin Neighborhood Center, 211 Comal St, Austin, Texas 78702, 512-972-6650
CommUnity Care, 211 Comal, Austin, Texas 78702, 512-972-6678
Elgin WIC Clinic, 218 South Main Street, Elgin, Texas 78621, 512-972-4942
Far South WIC Clinic, 405 W. Stassney, Austin, Texas 78745. Telephone 512-972-4942
Manor WIC Clinic, East Rural Community Center, 600 West Carrie Manor, Manor, Texas 78653, 512-972-4942
Mom's Place - WIC Breastfeeding Clinic, 8701 Research Blvd., Suite B, Austin, Texas 78758, 512-719-3010
Montopolis Neighborhood Center, 1416 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78741. The number is 512-972-6650
Northwest WIC Clinic is located at 8701 Research Blvd, Suite A, Austin, Texas 78758. Call 512-972-4942.
Oak Hill WIC Clinic, West Rural Community Center, 8656 Hwy. 71 W., Bldg. A, Ste. B, Austin, Texas, 78735. Telephone - 512-972-4942
Pflugerville WIC Clinic, North Rural Community Center, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop, Pflugerville, Texas 78660, call 512-972-4942
Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center and WIC clinic, 2800 Webberville Rd, Austin, Texas 78702, 512-972-6740
South Austin Neighborhood Center, 2508 Durwood, Austin, Texas 78704, 512-972-6840
South Austin Multipurpose Center is another option. Call 512-972-4942
St. John's Community Center, 7500 Blessing Ave., Austin, Texas 78752, dial 512-972-5159
St. Johns WIC Clinic and Community Center, 7500 Blessing Avenue, Austin, Texas 78752, dial 512-972-4942



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