Women, children and families fleeing abuse have a safe place to stay.

Take a deep breath. You are safe.

HAWC’s secure 120-bed Emergency Shelter features a state of the art, full-service campus, where the violence stops and healing begins.

Additionally, our Safe Harbor Hotel program is an alternative safe placement option if you are in high risk for danger, and when all area shelters are full.

If you need emergency shelter, please contact our 24/7 hotlines.
Domestic Violence Hotline: 713-528-2121
Sexual Assault Hotline: 713-528-RAPE (7273)

"HAWC is that place of refuge and hope where I could rise above my current situation. The shelter staff helped me with a safe place to stay, clothing, and food, so I could focus on creating the life I wanted."

- Lovinah, Domestic Violence Survivor and Former HAWC Client on being a New Home Owner

Help begins with a compassionate and caring advocate.

Escaping abuse and violence takes courage.

It also takes its toll. Women, children and families entering our emergency housing can expect safe, clean and comfortable amenities while accessing a host of programs, resources and support staff. Each client is assigned to a case advocate. Together, they set goals, develop an individualized safety plan and discuss additional community resources to make informed decisions about the client’s future.

Children and youth are a top priority.

For children, enduring and witnessing abuse can be especially traumatic, and change can be tough as they enter emergency housing. Our dedicated and highly trained children’s staff create a safe and comfortable environment that focuses on the needs of each child so they can work through the trauma, develop coping skills and spend time having fun and being a kid again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. To remove the barriers of securing childcare, we offer daycare, educational arrangements, and after-school programming to ensure mothers can work towards goals, such as counseling, education, employment and financial empowerment.

Yes. To promote economic empowerment and independence, the Career Development Program provides assistance and resources to help each client identify and work toward educational goals and/or employment.

    • Individual and group counseling are available under the direction of a trained psychotherapist, with a focus on reducing and managing trauma, enhancing coping skills and gaining knowledge and awareness about the dynamics of violence.
    • Collaboration with other community partners to create a holistic wellness map and utilization of a multi-modal approach in bringing stability and healing from abuse history.
    • A Career Development Program, including skills assessment, training, career planning and financial assistance for education.
    • Advocacy, resources and referrals provided during individual appointments and weekly meetings.
    • Women’s and Children’s Libraries
    • Cafeteria dining, serving 3 nutritious meals daily to all residents.
    • Parenting education classes.
    • A bench-lined courtyard garden and covered age-appropriate play areas.
    • An on-site early childhood education and Houston Independent School District classroom.
    • A Children’s Enrichment Program providing opportunities for after school education, field trips, summer camps and special events.

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