About Housing First Oak Springs

When you have access to tools like housing to regain health and independence, counseling to support emotional health, and drug and alcohol treatment to help with recovery, you can reach your full potential and contribute to our community. Housing First Oak Springs is an apartment community that offers these services to people experiencing homelessness in Travis County to support their well-being. With a safe place to live and appropriate support services, people thrive and recovery begins.

Housing First Oak Springs is more than four walls. It’s a whole health treatment approach to ending chronic homelessness for people living with mental illness and/or substance use disorder.

When you live on the streets, it’s extremely difficult to seek recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder. Housing First Oak Springs is a unique type of permanent supportive housing. In this evidence-based model, individuals move immediately, without pre-condition, from the streets or shelters into housing. Once housed, they are offered rehabilitation services and recovery supports to help them regain their health and stability. With a safe place to live and appropriate support services, the vicious cycle of shelter, jail, and emergency room ends and recovery begins.

Modeled on other successful Housing First programs across the country, Austin Travis County Integral Care’s Housing First Oak Springs is the first of its kind in Travis County. Construction is scheduled to begin in the winter of 2016. Housing First Oak Springs is expected to open in the Spring of 2018.

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Housing First Oak Springs will be located at 3000 Oak Springs Drive, Austin, TX. It will be a four-story, 40,000 square-foot housing complex with 50 fully-furnished single occupancy efficiency apartments, an integrated health clinic offering primary care and behavioral health services, a community room, and parking garage.

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Features include:

  • 50 fully-furnished efficiency units for single individuals with kitchenette, bedroom and living area
  • Health care clinic offering mental health, substance use and physical health services (clinic services will be available to the community)
  • Health care team includes a medical doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, nurses, medical assistants and case managers
  • Community room
  • Computer lab
  • Supported employment services
  • Easy access to public transportation
  • On-site laundry facility
  • Outdoor green space
  • On-site staffing 24 hours a day
  • On-site security cameras

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Neighborhood Planning Resource:  If you live or work near Housing First Oak Springs and have questions, please contact Sarah Wauters, Community Engagement Manager, at sarah.wauters@intergralcare.org.  We can  schedule neighborhood presentations as well as answer questions via email about Housing First.  Please note: We will answer questions within three business days. If additional time is needed for research or information gathering, we will let the requesting parties know about a delay.