Founded in Austin in 2000, Saint Louise House provides affordable housing and essential services to mothers and children experiencing homelessness in Central Texas. With a deep belief in the power of women to transform their lives, their families and our community, our licensed social workers and case managers partner with our residents to reach their individual goals. In our apartment-style housing environment, families are embraced and encouraged to be a part of our supportive community as they work or attend school. Saint Louise House collaborates with our families, our partner organizations, our donors and volunteers to serve the most vulnerable of our community in their greatest hour of need—and in the months and years that follow.
Saint Louise House provides a supportive, safe environment where families can grow and thrive in all aspects of their lives and reach their full potential.
Saint Louise House families meet with on-site case managers to set achievable goals around employment, education, parenting, support systems and money management. The ultimate goal of case management is to support families as they maintain safe and stable housing.
Saint Louise House families work with on-site licensed counselors to set achievable goals that will enhance their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
On-site employment services available to unemployed and under-employed mothers at Saint Louise House include access to computers and support for assessing skills and strengths, resume writing, interviewing, job searching, and maintaining a job.
Saint Louise House offers weekly interactive group opportunities for mothers on topics such as health, nutrition, relationships and parenting. Groups are facilitated by Saint Louise House staff as well as professionals from other nonprofits and the Austin community.
As of summer 2012, 130 Austin families have called Saint Louise House home. Mothers entering the program have ranged in age from 18 to 52, and children from newborn to 17 years. Saint Louise House families represent a diverse cross-section of Austin and have included over the years teachers, musicians, grocery store clerks and several students.
Saint Louise House receives applications from area social service providers and self-referrals from the community.
Families are eligible for Saint Louise House if they meet the following admission criteria:
- Be a single female head of household with children in her custody
- Be currently homeless
- Have consistent, verifiable income that can be put toward bills
- Be able to turn the electricity on in their own name
- Be able to work and/or go to school
- Be interested and willing to participate in the program voluntarily
Saint Louise House provides long-term supportive housing and each family is able to sign a lease that automatically renews month-to-month. Rent is based on the family’s income.
Saint Louise House is made up of two apartment complexes located in South Austin. In an effort to protect the privacy and safety of our residents, we do not publish the addresses of the apartment complexes. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in learning more or getting involved. Please contact us here.
Saint Louise House is Austin.
- Saint Louise House is a local, grassroots organization with close ties to the Austin community and strong relationships with donors, volunteers and partner agencies.
Saint Louise House is a partner.
- We identify the needs of our Austin community and then seek to meet them. When we were founded in 2000, the need was for transitional housing, so that’s what we did. As our families’ educational aspirations outgrew our 24-month time frame, and Austin’s mean family income hovered below the poverty level, we recognized the need for long-term supportive housing.
- Saint Louise House partners with a large number of individual and community groups, foundations, and public entities to provide services to families. See our Community Partners page for details.
- As a non-profit organization, Saint Louise House makes the most efficient use possible of the funds we raise:
- In 2011, our funding mix was 29 percent individuals and faith-based communities, 45 percent grants and contracts, 22 percent interest and rent and 4 percent other.
- Saint Louise House seeks collaboration with other organizations that provide complementary services. For example, Capital Area Food Bank, Goodwill and other service providers visit Saint Louise House to provide workshops on parenting skills, relationship building and healthy living.
- Saint Louise House also partners with many organizations that provide complementary services to ensure that our families have access to a wide range of services without duplication. Service partners include Goodwill, Central Texas Food Bank, Capital IDEA, Austin Energy, Transit Empowerment Fund, and many others.
Saint Louise House is a family.
- We believe in women—in their power to transform their lives, their families and the Austin community.
- We believe in family—and work to keep mothers and children together.
- Saint Louise House is a supportive and welcoming community where families achieve goals related to housing, healthcare, employment, education and self-sufficiency.
- They say it takes a village to raise a child. Saint Louise House is a community of women-led families with a shared history of homelessness and a common hope for an independent and self-reliant future.