With Palmer Events Center at capacity, here are other cold-weather shelters, warming centers in Austin

Austin residents wait in line for groceries Feb. 16. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin residents wait in line for groceries Feb. 16. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin residents wait in line for groceries Feb. 16. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The cold-weather shelter set up at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin is at capacity, according to a Feb. 18 Tweet by the city of Austin.


Residents still seeking shelter can utilize one of three other shelters currently available:

  • Del Valle High School, 5201 Ross Road, Del Valle

  • Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square, Austin

  • Reilly Elementary School, 405 Denson Drive, Austin


Austin ISD is also operating four warming centers from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.:


  • Lee Elementary School, 3308 Hampton Road, Austin

  • Murchison Middle School, 3700 N. Hills Drive, Austin

  • Joslin Elementary School, 4500 Menchaca Road, Austin

  • Barrington Elementary, 400 Cooper Drive, Austin


The Austin Disaster Relief Network has also converted seven local churches into shelters. According to the network, individuals planning to stay at the shelter should bring blankets, dry food, toiletries and a change of clothes when possible. Four shelters—Point Community Church, Friendship Creekside, Hill Country Bible Church and University Ave Church of Christ—are also allowing crated pets.


  • Austin Stone - North Campus, 1150 McNeil Road, Round Rock

  • Point Community Church, 11300 Old San Antonio Road, Manchaca

  • Mosaic Church, 12116 Jekel Circle, Austin

  • Friendship Creekside, 14455 FM 1826, Austin

  • Hill Country Bible Church, 12124 RR 620, Austin

  • University Ave Church of Christ, 1903 University Ave., Austin

  • Promiseland Church, 1504 E. 51st St., Austin

By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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