Services from Compassion Ministries

Transitional Housing - Program Goal

The goal of Compassion Ministries is to provide a homelike atmosphere to women and children who are homeless or unable to maintain their current residence. The program provides a more secure and stable home environment that allows those in personal and financial crises to re-establish themselves. While living in our transitional housing facility, we provide services that include family counseling, job training/search, drug/alcohol abuse treatment, daycare, children's programs, transportation, literacy training, health care, social and domestic skills, using in-house staff and in conjunction local agencies currently providing support services.

Physical Structures

We have two residential facilities located on the 1400 block of Austin Avenue. At 1401, Hope House offers 12 apartments in a nearly 15,000-square foot one-story building with a center courtyard and play area. Hope House Too is a one-story duplex behind the Administration Building at 1421 Austin Avenue. Combined, these two facilities provide 13 apartments for families and one for single women and a total bed capacity for 60 residents. Hope House also includes a child learning center and care nursery, adult and children's resource rooms, laundry facility, two storage areas and case managers' offices.

Compassion Ministries' offices and conference rooms are located in the three-story Jane Meyer Community Center at 1421 Austin. The first floor features an office, a kitchen, community room and dining room. The second floor is used for offices, storage and a room for counseling. Non-essential items are stored in the building's large basement. All of Compassion's facilities provide a smoke free environment.

Hope House Transitional Shelter

Compassion Ministries is the only transitional homeless facility in Central Texas for families with children and single women. Hope House provides 13 apartments for families and one apartment for up to four single females. We believe that an apartment living environment - as opposed to community living - promotes personal independence and responsibility. We serve an average of 50 families/individuals annually, including approximately 100 children ranging from infancy to 17.

To be admitted into the Compassion program, residents must:

  • Be alcohol- and drug-free;
  • Work closely with assigned Compassion caseworkers;
  • Obtain full-time employment within the first 30 days in the program and pay approximately 30% of their gross income for rent; and
  • Attend weekly counseling sessions provided by community volunteers in budget and employment skills.
To Apply for Admission:

Please download all the forms below and read each of them. Please fill out the Interview Form and bring it, along with your picture ID and social security card (if you have one), to a personal interview on any Tuesday at 2 p.m. at 1421 Austin.

Downloadable Forms

Resident Contract for Transitional Housing (updated 9/2010 - PDF)

Resident Policies for Transitional Housing (PDF)

Admission Requirements for Transitional Housing (PDF)

Resident Rules for Transitional Housing (PDF)

Application Form - updated for 2011 (Word)