Online Resources
  • LifeSet Network: The first-of-its-kind social network that connects youth who have experienced foster care to supporters, opportunities and resources from around the country!
Local  Resources
  • African American Youth Harvest Foundation
    Programs offering scholarships, leadership training and workforce development.
  • Capital Area Food Bank
    Programs offering free food in the Capital area.
  • Capital Metro
    Detailed transportation information for bus and rail service in Austin.
  • Child Care
    Information about child care in Austin including child care facilities, support programs, afterschool programs and child care financial assistance, in the local community, and other helpful child care related resources.
  • City of Austin
    Everything you need to know about living in Austin. This website has information about voter registration, utility services, clinics, courts, parks, recreation, and more.
  • Lone Star Card
    Food stamp information. Website provides information about the Lone Star Card, including how to apply for a Lone Star Card and what can be bought with it.
  • Safe Austin
    Support for anyone who is harmed by sexual and domestic violence, past and present.
  • Religion Resources and Austin Texas Churches
    List of area churches.
  • Texas Foster Youth Justice Project
    Free legal help for youth who have experienced foster care or are currently in foster care. Helping youth to understand their legal rights by providing legal advice, assistance, guidance and representation in enforcing foster youth rights. They also educate the general public about the legal needs and concerns of youth in foster care.
  • Texas Youth Connection
    Information about education, finances, how to obtain records from CPS and find biological family members, health, employment, food, housing, contact information, and success stories.
  • Work in Texas
    This website has information about how to find a job in Texas, information for Texas Veterans, finding child care, finding the nearest Workforce Center, and public transportation information for all counties in Texas.
Housing Information
  • Caritas Housing Initiatives
    Provides financial assistance and supportive services to families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or short-term homelessness.
    • 611 Neches St., Austin, 512-479-4610
    • 1212 W Ben White Blvd., Austin, 512-383-8831
  • Family Unification Program (FUP)
    Program where Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) are provided to youths at least 18 years old and not more than 21 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and who lack adequate housing. In addition to rental assistance, supportive services must be provided to FUP youths by the PCWA for the entire 18 months in which the youth participates in the program; examples of the skills targeted by these services include money management skills, job preparation, educational counseling, and proper nutrition and meal preparation.
  • Foundation Communities
    A local non-profit providing first class, affordable homes and support services offering low-income individuals financial education and homebuyer courses, matched savings accounts, financial coaching, finding money for education, self-employed/small business support and free income tax preparation.
    • Main Office: 3036 S. 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704, 512-447-2026
    • Community Financial Center: 2600 W. Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745
    • Tax Help Line: 512-610-7374
  • Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA)
    Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) owns and operates 1,929 units of conventional public housing in 19 developments throughout Austin. Development sites range from high-rise apartments on Lady Bird Lake to small duplexes in residential neighborhoods. HACA also manages the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program that provides rental vouchers for more than 5,000 units of housing in Austin’s private rental market. The website provides information on how to apply for housing.
  • Lifeworks
    Housing programs include Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living, Young Moms & Babies Shelter, Supportive Housing, and Bridge Child Care Voucher Program.
    • 512-735-2400