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Austin Community Resources

Food Resources

  • Angel House/Austin Baptist Chapel- (908 E Cesar Chaves St.) Providing sack breakfast and lunches. 9:30-10:00AM & 11:00AM-12PM.

Every Second Tuesday.

  • Caritas of Austin: Community Kitchen is serving SACK LUNCHES Monday-Friday 11 AM-12:30 PM. Clients will continue to have access to food from our pantry.
  • Central Presbyterian (200 E. 8th, Corner of 8th/Brazos) Sack Lunches on Tuesday at 11AM (women only); and sack breakfast available to all Thursday 8:00AM-9:30AM.
  • Central Texas Food Bank continues to provide food through their partners across the region. Up-to-date listings can be found by calling 2-1-1 or visiting connectatx.org.
  • El Buen Samritano Food Pantry (7000 Woodhue Dr, Austin 78745) Tuesday-Thursday, 9-11AM First come first serve
  • First Baptist Austin (901 Trinity St.) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 11:30-1:00
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes will continue as long as there are volunteers to serve on the food trucks. With reduced volunteers, they are currently operating under limited schedules. For locations and schedules, visit http://www.mlf.org/truck-schedules.
  • Trinity Center (304 E 7th St, Austin 78701) MAIL- 11AM-2PM Monday-Friday Breakfast Service: 9:30 AM Monday-Friday
  • University Presbyterian Church (2200 San Antonio St. Austin 78705) Boxes of shelf stable food available for pick-up on Thursdays 6PM and Saturdays 10:30AM.
  • University United Methodist Church (2409 Guadalupe St, Austin 78702) Serves Brunch every Sunday 9-10AM
  • Westover Hills Church of Christ (8332 Mesa Rd., Austin 78759) provides food (non-perishable groceries) for everyone Tuesday-Thursday, from 1-3PM.
  • SNAP food benefits (used to be called food stamps) helps people with low incomes and resources buy the food they need for good health.

Visit YourTexasBenefits.com to learn how to apply online, through a Health and Human Services Commission benefit office, or by calling 2-1-1 for help.

  • Neighborhood Centers, by Austin Public Health. Food assistance available Monday-Thursday 8am-10:30a.m. There are several in the city. You do need to provide ID and a bill or some proof that you have an address in Travis County. They also offer: clothing, bus passes, checkups, disease screening, pregnancy tests, vaccinations, help navigating the system, help filling out forms, community, one-on-one support, notary 

Find your nearest center here: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/neighborhood-centers

(Austin Water has installed two drinking water fountains downtown. The fountains are located on 4th and Trinity, and 6th and Brazos)

Hygiene

  • TOOF Mobile Hygiene Clinic, Downtown (7th & I-35) Monday- Friday; 9:30 AM-1:30PM

(Shower, Sink/Toilet, First-Aid, and general harm reduction material)

  •  Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center (4430 Menchaca Rd) Monday-Friday; 8:30AM-11:00AM
  •  University United Methodist Church (24th and Guadalupe) Tuesday-Friday; 9:30AM-2:30PM
  •  Esperanza Community (780 Hwy and 183 S) Monday-Friday; 7AM-5PM Saturday-Sunday; 12PM-5PM

 

Bathroom Available Only

  •  Little Walnut Creek Branch Library 835 W. Rundberg Ln. Monday-Sunday; 9AM-5PM
  •  Terrazas Branch Library 1105 E. Cesar Chavez Monday-Sunday; 9AM-5PM
  • Public Restroom: 4th and Trinity
  • Public Restroom: 6th and Brazos
  • Public Restroom: 6th and I-35

 

Hand-washing & Porta-Potties

  •  Ruiz Branch Library 1600 Grove Blvd
  •  Mabel Davis District Park 3427 Parker Ln
  •  Life Works 835 N Pleasant Valley
  •  1100 Red River Parking lot
  •  Slaughter & Menchaca
  •  Menchaca and Redd St.
  •  S. Lamar & Ben White
  •  Westgate & Ben White
  •  7th & I-35
  •  Hwy 183 & McNeil
  • Holly Shores Park

Travis County Community Centers (HHS)

(CALL AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT)

  • Manor 100 N. IH 35, Suite 2000 Manor, Texas 78653 Phone: 512-854-1550
  • Pflugerville 15822 Foothill Farm Loop, Suite D Pflugerville, Texas 78660 Phone: 512-854-9130
  • Central Austin 5325 Airport Blvd Austin, Texas 78751 Phone: 512-854-9130
  • Del Valle 3518 FM 973 S. Del Valle, Texas 78617 Phone: 512-854-1520
  • Oak Hill 8656 A State Highway 71 W, Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78735 512-854-2130

Supportive Services

  • Caritas of Austin: (512-479-4610) Provides housing, food, educational, career, and other supportive services, employment 
  • Casa Marianella: (512) 385-5571) Welcomes displaced immigrants and promotes self-sufficiency by providing shelter and support services.
  • Front Steps: Affordable housing, case management, and other housing supportive services
  • Goodwill of Central Texas: (512-637-7100) Offers education and job training, job placement, and other career-related services
  • Integral Care: (512-427-4357) Supports adults and children living with mental illness, substance abuse disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes: (512-551-5454) Provides food, clothing, hygiene products, and housing
  • National Alliance on Mental Health: (512-420-9810) Offers services affected by mental illness Communities for Recovery (512-758-7686) Offering Zoom-based Peer Support Meetings / Substance Abuse Support Meetings. These meetings are available to anyone in the community and facilitated by a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist.
  • SAFE: (512-267-7233) Supports survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence
  • Salvation Army: (512-476-1111) Provides emergency shelter, meals, and services for men, women, and children
  • United Way for Greater Austin: Connects people to a wide range of Health and human services
  • Austin Harm Reduction Coalition: (512-553-3708) Provides HIV test with linkage to treatment, drug treatment options, overdose prevention resources and education, and supplies to prevent disease transmission.
  • Integral Care’s Psychiatric Emergency Services: (512-472-4357) Call M-F 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM, Sat/Sun 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM
  • Austin VA Clinic: (512-823-4000) Social and Health services for Veterans
  • LifeWorks: (512-735-2400) Provides support services to youth experiencing homelessness. Emergency shelter is provided for youth 18 and younger. 
  • Sunshine Church: (512-444-4673) provides coordinated housing assessments, mail services, document storage, mental health consultations, ID help, hygiene supplies, showers, bus passes, MAP signups, and free medical clinic

Low Cost Health Care Services

  • El Buen Samaritano: The Wallace Mallory Clinic (7000 Woodhue Dr., Austin, TX 78745) (512) 439-0701 $40 first visit, $30 each visit after. You do not have to have any type of insurance.
  • Lone Star Circle of Care: www.lscctx.org 28 locations in Bell, Bastrop, Travis, and Williamson Counties 1-877-800-5722

Email: info@lscctx.org Sliding Fee Scale, Private Insurance, Medicaid, or MAP

  • Volunteer Healthcare Clinic: (4214 Medical Parkway, Austin, TX 78756) (512) 459-6002

$5 donation recommended, but not required. Must live in Travis County. Cannot have any form of insurance. Clinics held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5pm.

  • People’s Community Clinic: (2909 N Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX 78722)

(512) 478-4939 Sliding Fee Scale, Medicare, Medicaid, Ambetter, Ideal Care,

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, or CHIP

  • MAP (Medical Access Program): A health coverage program for uninsured Travis County residents with low income. With MAP you and your eligible family members can see a doctor, a dentist, and get medicine. Learn more here: https://www.centralhealth.net/map/

LGBTQ Services

  • PFLAG National: https://www.pflag.org “PFLAG Austin provides peer support to people who need answers to their questions and help with strengthening family and life relationships.” These LGBTQiA+ free support group meetings happen at five locations around Austin and surrounding areas (Buda, Central Austin, South Austin, Cedar Park, and Georgetown).
  • Out Youth: (909 E. 49 ½ St.) (512) 419-1233: Central Texas LGBTQ+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) youth/allies. Services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults. Provide training and resources for parents, teachers, and community members. 
  • The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now 1-866-488-7386

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. – 24/7

  • Transgender Law Center: transgenderlawcenter.org/help 

The Legal Information Helpline provides basic information about laws that affect transgender people, including employment, health care, civil rights, family law, and identity document changes.

  • Allgo: (701 Tillery St. Box 4) Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities here in Texas and beyond through our cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming. They support artists and artistic expression; promote health and wellness; and mobilize the community to make change.
  • The Kind Clinic: (1101 W 40th St #102) The Kind Clinic is a full service sexual health and wellness clinic. A program of Texas Health Action, the Kind Clinic provides sexual health services including PrEP and PEP access, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, and gender affirming care to Central Texans in need. The Kind Clinic strives to provide sexual health services to all members of the LGBTQ community and allies, regardless of race, creed, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
  • Waterloo Counseling Center: (314 E Highland Mall Blvd Suite 301) Waterloo Counseling Center is a non-profit agency that offers affordable, high quality mental health counseling and therapy services to individuals, couples and families in Austin, TX. They welcome the entire Greater Austin community, and have specific expertise in serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community; Spanish speakers; and people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Family Elder Care (1700 Rutherford Lane) Family elder care offers housing, community services, health, wellness, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ seniors and peoples with disabilities. 

STD/HIV Testing and Treatment Services

  • Ashwell Austin (3100 Red River St Suite 3, Austin, TX 78705) Empowering central Texans by providing free sexual health and wellness services. Services include PrEP, HIV support, STI treatment, HEP C, HRT, wellness exams and more. By appointment only: (512) 467 0088
  • The Kind Clinic: (1101 W 40th St #102) The Kind Clinic provides free STD testing on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday 9:00AM-12:00PM and 1:30PM -4:30PM. They also provide free gender affirming care, PrEP, HIV support, STD treatment, HEP C, HRT, wellness exams and more by appointment. 
  • Vivent Health: (6505 Airport Blvd. Suite 100 Austin TX 78752) (512) 458-2437

Vivent Health provides free; Behavioral & Mental Healthcare, Pharmacy, Food Pantry, Substance Abuse Treatment, Medical Care, HIV/STI Testing & Treatment, Lifepoint Needle Exchange, Case Management, Housing, Nutrition, and Dental Services, PrEP

  • The Sexual Health Clinic: (15 Waller Street RBJ Health Center, 1st Floor) provides evaluation, diagnosis, counseling, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Call 512-972-5430 to schedule an appointment. Clinic hours are 8am to 12 noon and 1pm to 5pm Monday through Friday. The fee for examination and treatment is $20, which includes all laboratory testing. 
  • Austin HIV Prevention Program: Various locations; see Facebook page for updated location schedule. 512-972-5580 Free Mobile van HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia testing

Reproductive Health Services

  • Austin Birth Control through Planned Parenthood: https://austinbirthcontrol.org/ Free birth control. Eligible Travis County residents may qualify for FREE implant or IUD birth control. Call for an appointment to learn more: 1-800-230-PLAN Today
  • El Buen Samaritano (7000 Woodhue Dr, Austin 78745) El Buen Samaritano’s Community Health Navigators can provide free and confidential education and counseling sessions on Reproductive Health, Family Planning and General Women’s health concerns. Call for an appointment: 737-234-3940
  • CommUnityCare (Locations vary) assists patients with:-Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections-Education and prevention for STDs and HIV/AIDS-Pelvic exams and Pap tests-Family planning education and counseling-Breast and cervical cancer screenings-Contraceptives/birth control-Pregnancy testing, counseling, and referrals-Basic infertility screening
  • Mama Sana Vibrant Woman (512-710-5729) A collective of Black and Hispanic mamas determined to make a change. Provides culturally resonant and quality prenatal and postnatal in Austin and Travis County.
  • Heart of Texas Pregnancy Resource Center (6448 US-290 B-110, Austin, TX 78723) Free services include pregnancy tests, individual support, resource help, and community and medical referrals at no cost. We are a confidential center. Do not require parental consent or insurance.

Domestic Violence Resources

  • Hope Alliance: Provides emergency shelter, counseling, children’s services and other assistance. All services are provided in both English and Spanish. Call the 24-hour hotline at (800) 460-7233.
  • SAFE Alliance: SAFE Alliance offers a wide variety of help to people being abused, including emergency shelters, transitional housing and counseling services. Call the 24-hour hotline at (512) 267-7233 or text (737) 888-7233.
  • Family Crisis Center: The center located in Bastrop serves people in Bastrop, Fayette, Lee and Colorado counties. It offers crisis intervention, shelter, transitional housing, counseling and other services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Call the 24-hour hotline at (512) 303-7755.
  • Asian Family Support Services of Austin: AFSSA helps people escape domestic and sexual violence through safety planning, counseling, access to emergency shelter and housing and other assistance. Services can be provided in various languages. Call the toll-free 24-hour helpline at (877) 281-8371.
  • LifeWorks: (512) 735-2400. LifeWorks focuses on providing housing and other assistance to homeless youth and has a counseling division that provides support for individuals and families facing abuse and family conflict. 
  • YWCA Greater Austin: 512-326-1222.The YWCA offers violence and trauma counseling and other support services to individuals and families. 
  • Texas Health and Human Services Family Violence Program: 800-799-7233 The Texas Health and Human Services department provides information on domestic violence resources and shelters throughout the state. 
  • Front Steps provides housing resources for those fleeing domestic violence. Please contact us if you’re needing to find housing while you’re fleeing from domestic violence. 

Crisis Intervention

*If you’re in an emergency please dial 911*

  • Psychiatric Emergency Services: 512 -472 -4357
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Texas Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 1-800-252-5400
  • Travis County Crisis Intervention Team: 512 -854 -3430
  • Adult Protective Services and Elder Abuse: 1 -800 -222 -8000
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: 1-800-252-5400
  •  Austin Pregnancy Resource Center: 1-800-712-4357
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Hill Country: 512 -444 -0071
  •  Narcotics Anonymous: 512 -480 -0004
  •  Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services: 1-800-628-5115
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas: 512 -476 -5550
  • Volunteer Healthcare Clinic: 512 -459 -6002
  • Planned Parenthood: 1-800-766-6779

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Corporate Office

Address: 4507 North Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78722
Phone: (512) 696-1484
Email: info@frontsteps.org