On the pages listed below, you will find links to organizations in the Austin community that can provide students with many different kinds of support. We have gathered this information in an effort to introduce students in need to some of the resources Austin has to offer. We, in no way, claim this to be a comprehensive list. Nor do we endorse any of the organizations listed below. We welcome suggestions for updates and additions and hope this information is useful to you.
Health and Medical
Mental Health and Counseling
Financial Services and Assistance
Jobs for Students
Legal and Political Resources
Fitness and Martial Arts
Veterinary and Pet Care
Student Veterans Resources
Housing in South Austin Neighborhoods
More resources near new AOMA Campus
For information about Austin's vibrant and entertaining city life, please browse the Visit AOMA and Austin portion of our website. For information about on-campus resources offered to AOMA students, please visit the Current Students main page.
General Austin Resources
Austinites regularly use websites like Craigslist, Austin Chronicle, the Austin-American Statesman, Austin 360, the Austinist, and Austin’s Citysearch to find housing, jobs, and all sorts of resources around town.
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center at 901 W. Ben White Blvd., 78704, 512-447-2211.
Hospital closest in proximity to AOMA’s new campus.
www.seton.net/locations/kozmetsky/ Seton Kozmetsky Community Health Center at 3706 S. First Street, Austin, TX 78704, 512-324-4940. Provides accessible, comprehensive health services to medically underserved families in south-central Austin. All medical and counseling services are available on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP are also accepted.
www.southaustinmed.com/ South Austin Medical Clinic at 2555 Western Trails, 78745, 512-892-6600. Group medical practice just down the street from AOMA’s new campus.
www.lscctx.org/ Lonestar Circle of Care: nonprofit organization operating eight community health clinics for uninsured and underinsured residents in Williamson and surrounding Central Texas Counties.
www.austinpcc.org/ People’s Community Clinic: affordable medical services for the Austin community. Note that there is often a high demand for services and they may not always be accepting new patients.
www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/index.html Medicaid general website for Texas: lists various free health insurance programs for low-income individuals and families.
www.texaswomenshealth.org/ Medicaid Women's Health program: provides low-income women with family exams, related health screening and birth control through Texas Medicaid. This is for women not already receiving Medicaid benefits. On this website you can also find a special program for pregnant women, with higher
income limits to qualify.
www.hhsc.state.tx.us/chip/families/index.htm Texas CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), health insurance for children from low-income families that don't meet the Medicaid eligibility requirements.
www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaustin/ Planned Parenthood of the Central Texas Region: affordable reproductive healthcare for the Austin community
www.aoma.edu/patients/professional-clinic/professional-clinic-practitioners/jennifer-pollard-md/ Dr. Jennifer Pollard treats patients at AOMA's South Clinic. Read more about her and find her hours at this website.
www.solcommunitycounseling.com/ Sol Community Counseling: providing quality, accessible counseling services to the Austin community at affordable rates. AOMA students receive services at discounted rates /current-students/campus-life/counseling-services/
www.austinchildguidance.org Austin Child Guidance Center: offers a sliding scale for child and family counseling.
LifeWorks provides sliding scale and some free counseling to children, families, couples, and adults. There are several locations in Austin.
www.austinrecovery.org/ Affordable alcohol and drug treatment programs
www.integralcare.org/ Austin Travis County Integral Care: offers a 24/7 crisis hotline 472-HELP and other psychiatric and mental retardation services for adults and children in Travis County.
www.samaritan-center.org/ Samaritan Center: non-profit ecumenical center that provides clinically competent and spiritually aware counseling, psychotherapy, education, and pastoral counseling on a sliding scale.
groups.yahoo.com/group/AustinMamas/join Austin Mamas: a listserve and website for moms in Austin-- you can join the large list or just one based on your child’s birth year. Lots of resources are listed on the yahoo group, and it is a good place to ask parenting and childcare questions to local moms.
www.kidspaaustin.com Kid Spa Austin at 5700 Slaughter Lane, 78749, 512-301-5772
Offers full-time, part-time, drop-in, and customized childcare schedules for children aged 18 months-12 years. Just south of AOMA, very flexible arrangements.
www.steppingstoneschool.com/ Stepping Stone School: provider of early childhood care and education in central Texas
www.eackids.org/ Extend-a-Care for Kids: on-site, affordable, after school child care; summer programs also available
www.austinisd.org/community/communityed/afterschool/ Some AISD schools provide free before and after school programs for working parents.
www.kidzaustin.com/campz/summer.asp#Central Kidz Austin Summer Camp Directory: provides information about dozens of summer camp programs throughout the city.
www.bootstrapaustin.org/ Bootstrap Network: providing community and support for entrepreneurs
www.austintexas.gov/department/small-business-development-program The City of Austin’s Small Business Development Program: education, resources, and support services to help grow Austin’s small businesses
www.austintexas.gov/department/small-and-minority-business The City of Austin’s Small & Minority Business Resources Department(SMBR) assists small, minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (MBE and WBE) as they pursue contracting opportunities with the City of Austin.
bigaustin.org/wbc/ Big Austin’s Women’s Business Center: specializes in meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs through training, one-on-one counseling, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, and lending programs.
www.ibuyaustin.com/ Austin Independent Business Association: networking and support for locally owned businesses.
www.ufcu.org/accounts/small_business/index.php University Federal Credit Union: small business services providing financial resources as well as technical and management information for small business growth
www.foundcom.org/get-financially-stable/financial-coaching Foundation Communities Financial Coaching Program: Financial coaching matches trained volunteer coaches with clients for eight one-hour sessions. Services include organizing financial paperwork, tracking and reducing expenses, creating and maintaining a spending plan (budget), getting a bank account, planning and saving for goals, paying down debt and credit report review and repair. Free service if you meet the income eligibility requirements.
www.financialfitnessaustin.org/ Financial Fitness Austin: public education and awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance.
www.cccs.net Consumer Credit Counseling Services: provides affordable financial management services, including financial counseling, education, and bankruptcy services.
http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/index.shtml How to Get Help page from Texas Health and Human Services Commission: outlines the programs and steps to take to apply for all sorts of government assistance, including those listed below.
www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/gi/eligible.shtm Texas Women Infants and Children Program (WIC): a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, information and nutritious foods, and help accessing health care for low-income women, infants, and children.
http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/Food/snap.shtml SNAP benefits (i.e. food stamps) help low-income people buy the food they need. You can use food stamps at all sorts of grocery stores and even the farmers markets now.
www.austinenergy.com Austin Energy Customer Assistance Program (CAP): sponsored by The City of Austin, assists eligible customers having difficulty paying their utility bills.
www.safelink.com Safelink Wireless: provides free cell phone service and airtime to income-eligible customers. Program was created and is managed by TracFone Wireless, Inc. and includes: calling, texting, voicemail, long distance, 411 directory assistance, and 911 emergency assistance.
www.texaslawhelp.org/TX/index.cfm Texas Law Help: a guide to free and low-cost legal aid and assistance services in Texas.
www.housing-rights.org/ Austin Tenant’s Council: educates and promotes the enforcement of housing rights in the Austin community
www.bodybusinessfitness.com/ Body Business Gym: located in the Village Center, next to AOMA's North Clinic; offers discounts to AOMA staff and students
www.austinyogateachers.com/ Lists many yoga classes in Austin, including free and donation classes throughout town.
www.dojolocator.com/Texas/austin/ Lists many martial arts schools and dojos in Austin, with a convenient map for all the locations.
www.austinymca.org/ YMCA of Austin: Southwest and Town Lake branches located closest to AOMA; classes for children and adults
www.austintexas.gov/service/pool-schedules City of Austin Public Pools: 48 pools within city limits, including two year round municipal ($3 entrance) pools (Barton Springs and Deep Eddy)
www.main.org/churches.php List of churches and synagogues in Austin through the Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network (MAIN.org)
www.lovepethospital.com/ Licensed vet offering veterinary acupuncture services
www.austinpetms.com/ Low cost mobile vaccination service
www.animaltrustees.org/ Animal Trustees of Austin: low-cost spay/neuter clinic
www.centraltexasspca.org/ No-kill, low-intake animal shelter
www.austinspca.com/ Austin Humane Society: no-kill animal shelter
www.austinpetsalive.org/Austin Pets Alive: non-profit rescue group, dog & cat adoptions & fostering, and behavioral resources.
www.cityofaustin.org/library/: Austin Public Library: multiple branch locations; Manchaca Road Branch at 5500 Manchaca Rd., 78745 is close to AOMA’s new campus.
www.halfpricebooks.com/, Half Price Books: city-wide locations; South location at 2929 S. Lamar Blvd., 78704. Great quality and selection of books, all at least half-price with opportunities to buy and sell books.
http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/southwest-austin Community Impact Newspaper for Southwest Austin:
local business information, houses for sale, local school info, upcoming events, etc. Print and electronic
Sampling of apartment complexes within 5 miles:
Barton’s Lodge (South Lamar & Ben White)
Woodmoor Apartments (South Lamar & Ben White)
Western Trail Apartments (West Gate)
Cherry Creek Crossing Apartments (Manchaca & Stassney)
Silvercreek Apartments (South 1st & Cumberland)
St. Edward’s Place 1 (South Congress & Woodward)
Greystar South Austin Apartments (South Congress & Woodward)
Neighborhoods surrounding/servicing 4701 Westgate:
Bartons Bluff – Spyglass
Food (Grocery stores, Farmer’s markets)
4006 S. Lamar Blvd & 6920 Manchaca Rd.
West Gate Blvd.
West Gate & William Cannon, West Gate & I-35
Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market
Tony Burger Center, Saturday 9 – 1
Downtown Austin Farmer’s Market
4th & Guadelupe Saturday 9 – 1
Coffee Shops & Study Spaces
Manchaca Rd & Inverness Rd
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse Cafe
South First & Bouldin Creek
South 5th & Mary
Irie Bean Coffee Bar
South Lamar & Goodrich
Once Over Coffee Bar
South First & Live Oak
South Congress & Riverside
Austin Public Library – Manchaca Road, Twin Oaks, Pleasant Hill Branches