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Shelter beds in Austin: Are any available?

With homeless people asking where they can go, KVUE looked into the availability of shelter beds in our area.

AUSTIN, Texas — It's true, not every homeless person wants a spot in a shelter. However, many do and can't seem to find a spot. 

KVUE collected numbers from various shelters on Monday in Austin to see how many options there are for people who are looking for shelter. 

The 2019 Point in Time Count found 1,086 unsheltered homeless people, which is almost a 63% increase from the 667 found in 2015. 

OPEN SHELTERS

ARCH/FRONT STEPS:

  • Beds: 150; full
  • Waitlist: 200 people

SALVATION ARMY:

  • DOWNTOWN SHELTER:
    • Beds: 242; full
  • AUSTIN SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN:
    • Beds: 81; full
  • Waitlist: 362 (for October)

CASA MARIANELLA:

  • Beds (adult, women and children, and family shelters): 90; full
  • Waitlist: no

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UNOPENED SHELTERS

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OTHER SHELTERS

  • SAFE 
    • For individuals/families escaping domestic and sexual violence
      • Beds: 105 beds
      • Waitlist: (average) 80 people (45 adults, 35 kids)
    • SAFE also has supportive housing programs people can move to after 60-90 day stay at the emergency shelter
    • People in this shelter are oftentimes part of the hidden homeless population

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