With an ever-growing waiting list, and too many families in Austin still living on couches or in cars, or forced to live apart, we applied for General Obligation Bond funding. Thanks to this award from the City of Austin, we purchased a 24-unit apartment complex in South Austin. Twenty-two families currently call this complex home. Our small staff uses two offices on-site to work closely with our families.
“If ten times a day you go to serve persons who are poor, ten times a day you will meet God there.” – St. Vincent de Paul
When asked by Saint Louise House staff what the best part of living outside of a shelter and in her own home was, one mother replied, “Having a front door. With a lock. I’m safe and my children are safe. And we have a place to call our own.” In 2009, again in partnership with the City of Austin, we acquired another apartment complex. Also in South Austin, a similar-style complex with a separate community and office building brings our capacity to serve families to 46.
When we were founded in 2000, the need was for transitional housing for women-led families, so that’s what we did. As our families’ educational aspirations outgrew our 24-month time frame and Austin’s housing costs on the rise, we recognized the need for long-term supportive housing.
As of March 2014, 144 Austin families have called Saint Louise House home. In ten short years, Saint Louise House has grown from five rented apartments to two owned apartment complexes with the capacity to house 46 families.