Emergency & Transitional Housing

My Brother’s Keeper Shelter (with Meyer Center)


  • Temporary shelter: for homeless adults up to 3 days for people from within Texas;
  • Due to COVID-19: Capacity is 15 men and 5 women; not accepting anyone from outside of Texas
  • Cold weather nights: When below 35 degrees open to anyone, regardless of ability to pay
  • Meals for anyone: Lunch Mon & Tues at 11:45, Breakfast Friday 7:00am
  • Meals for in-house participants only: breakfast Mon-Thu & Sat at 6am
  • Showers: showers, soap, and shampoo provided
  • Mail sent to you: checked on an as needed basis
  • Use of telephone: calls limited to 3 minutes
  • Laundry: $1 for inclusive washing, drying, and detergent
  • Chapel services: Mon-Fri 7:00-7:45pm


  • Photo ID required
  • Intake first time: 6:30pm -8:30pm
  • Meyer Center Hours: Mon – Thurs 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4pm – 5pm, Friday 7-11:30, Saturday 7-10am
  • No charge currently due to COVID-19

Contact info:

  • 1217 Mary Street Waco, TX 76706
  • (254) 296-9866 (Meyer Center, ext 200, ask for My Brother’s Keeper)

Salvation Army


  • Emergency housing: men, women, and families where possible
  • Permanent housing: low income housing for elderly and disabled
  • Meal: evening meal M-Sun at 5:30
Women: Sally’s House for Women & Families

●      Need photo ID

●      Intake by 3:00pm- Call at 3pm

●      5 nights every 6 months

●      Address: 524 South 4th St

●      Call for availability: (254) 753-0525

Men: Red Shield Men’s Lodge

●      Need photo ID

●      Intake is 5:30pm-7:00pm

●      5 nights every 6 months

●      Address: 300 Webster Ave, Waco

●      Call for availability: (254) 757-1641

Compassion Ministries


  • Transitional housing for approved applicants: for those in their housing program they provide family counseling, job training/search, drug/alcohol abuse treatment, daycare, children’s programs, transportation, literacy training, health care, social and domestic skills
  • They do not offer rent and utilities assistance


  • Photo ID and Social Security Card
  • Apply for admission: Wednesday after 1:00pm or online at compassionwaco.com
  • A single parent/guardian with children or couple with children
  • Must be alcohol and drug free, pass screening test upon move-in to begin program
  • Must obtain full-time employment within the first 30 days in the program and pay approximately 30% of gross income for rent
  • $100 security deposit required upon moving in and starting program
  • Attend weekly counseling sessions provided by community volunteers on budget and employment skills

Contact Info

  • Address: 1421 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76710
  • Phone number: (254) 755-7640

Dobey Drop-In Center


  • Offers “drop-in” services such as showers, food, etc.
  • Offers peer support.
  • Employment support, education support, life skills support, social skills support, insurance and benefits eligibility support, employment and financial aid application assistance, housing resource support, and assistance with rental/housing/lease applications, mentoring, mental health skills training and support groups, as well as appropriate referral for ongoing mental health and Substance Use Disorder services, and more.
  • Mobile navigation services, and can connect people to emergency shelters.
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  • Only provides services to young adults ages 18-24
  • Must be in the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) categories 1, 2, 4
    • Category 1: literally homeless
    • Category 2: imminent risk of homelessness
    • Category 4: fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence

Contact Info:

  • 2111 Austin Ave. Waco, TX 76701
  • 254-297-8980
  • Mon- Fri 8-5pm


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                                          If you find any of this information is incorrect, please email LoveOthers@tricitiesminstries.org

Updated and Verified  9/28/21