Austin Street Shelter

For 25 years, Austin Street Centre has been at the forefront of helping the homeless and poor of Dallas. Now, a nationally recognized therapeutic community, they provide emergency shelter, food, showers, medications, counseling, and job training programs free of charge to those who come here.

More than 400 men, women and children receive safe shelter there each night. More than 100 participate in their highly effective step-up programs, including substance abuse counseling, psychotherapies, and psycho-social counseling. These counseling services, all free of charge, are in partnership with UT Southwestern Medical School and SMU Graduate School of Psychology. 

Their interdenominational chapel, located next door to our emergency shelter building, provides voluntary worship services three times each week, as well as Baptisms, weddings and funerals. Many of their clients seek this comfort of soul as well.

Their ministry is unique in that they are privately funded, accepting no government or United Way dollars from any level. Each of their programs and services are provided free of charge to their clients and at no cost to local taxpayers. To learn more about the Austin Street Centre, please visit them at

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