Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH)
The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) serves as the first point of entry into the homeless service system for many of Austin’s adults experiencing homelessness for the first time, as well as those who have been living on the streets for years. The ARCH is designed to assess client needs, provide information on how and where to access services, and meet the basic emergency needs of homeless adults, as well as provide a place for homeless people to rest and get out of the elements during the day. Nearly 10,000 homeless men and women utilized the ARCH in 2010-2011 including an average of approximately 600 individuals each day.
The building, which opened in 2004, includes a large common-use room, showers and locker rooms, laundry facilities, a computer room, an art studio, and offices for various nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless. A clinic, located on the first floor, provides health services. The second floor houses a large commercial kitchen and dining room. Located on the third floor is the 100-bed overnight shelter. The sleeping area's rooftop terrace opens up to panoramic views of the city. To learn more about the ARCH building, which has received numerous awards including the American Institute of Architects Top Ten Green Projects in 2005 designation, please click here.
Numerous co-located agencies make the ARCH a one-stop shop where clients can receive support for mental health, medical, legal, employment and other needs, all under one roof. Clients are encouraged to enroll in transitional services focused on helping them move from homelessness to affordable housing.