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 and our community, we partner with our residents to reach their individual goals. In our apartment-style housing environment, mothers and children are embraced and encouraged to reach their full potential. 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 Resiliency and Empowerment Partners 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.
Children thrive in the safe and supportive environment of Saint Louise House. We also provide social and emotional learning groups at each age level, counseling, and support for participation in extracurricular activities.
Since 2000, over 175 families have called Saint Louise House home. We currently serve families in 40 apartments. 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 is less than 50% of the Austin Median Family Income
- 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 strives to serve families served by no other program in Austin: women-led families who need more time and support than emergency shelters can offer, but who do not qualify for other programs.
Housing and Wraparound Services
Stable housing is the key for a mother to develop a plan for taking care of her family. Wraparound services ensure that basic needs are met, families have access to community resources, and families are supported on their journey toward self-sufficiency.
Saint Louise House meets every mother and every child right where they are and ensures that they have the support they need to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Rent, time in program, and goals are all individually tailored to meet the needs of each family.
Saint Louise House addresses the needs of mothers and children simultaneously so that both can achieve their full potential. This whole-family approach breaks the cycle of poverty for two-generations at a time.