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Find Shelter, Safety, & Support at HAWC

Individuals and families fleeing from abuse can find safety and support at our 120-bed shelter and residential facility. The Houston Area Women’s Center shelter is at an undisclosed location and features 24-hour surveillance and security personnel. Clients entering the shelter can expect clean and comfortable amenities and access to a host of programs, resources and support staff. Each client is assigned a case advocate and together they develop safety planning, goal setting and discuss additional community resources so the client may make informed decisions about the future. To promote economic stability and independence, the Career Development Program provides assistance and resources to help each client work towards educational and/or employment goals.


Children and youth are a top priority at the Women’s Center. 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. 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, and employment.


If you need emergency shelter, please call our 24/7 hotlines.


Domestic Violence Hotline:


Sexual Assault Hotline:

At the Shelter, Clients will find:


  • Psychotherapeutic services in the form of Individual and Group services with a focus on trauma reduction, coping skills enhancement and knowledge building.
  • 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 three nutritious meals each day to all residents.
  • Parenting education classes.
  • A bench-lined courtyard garden and covered age-appropriate play areas.
  • On-site early childhood education and Houston Independent School District classes.
  • A Children’s Enrichment Program providing opportunities for after school education, field trips, summer camps and special events.
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