Austin's Place first opened on January 1, 2008 when six homeless women were provided with emergency overnight sheltering. Over the years, at its original home in Champaign's First United Methodist Church, and then at New Covenant Fellowship Church, hundreds of women have been blessed by the ministry of Austin's Place.

The shelter is named in honor of Austin Cloyd, who attended First UMC with her family. As a college student, Austin used her summers to initiate service organizations and work on service projects that benefited at-risk women. She was tragically killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

Austin’s Place officially became part of C-U at Home in June 2020. Renovations were made at the main C-U at Home location, with a new separate entrance facing Market Street, which opened as a permanent home for Austin’s Place beginning in January 2021. Seven dorm-style rooms in the northwest part of the building provide accommodations for up to 14 women. There is also an office, a lounge area, and shower and bathroom facilities.

Our Manager of Shelter Services and staff provide a safe and healthy atmosphere at the shelter. They also guide residents toward other local services and opportunities for work and housing. Austin's Place is open 8:30 pm to 7:00 am every night and is located at 504 N. Market Street in Champaign. Overnight shelter for women is provided upon successful intake. Email cedar@cuathome.us or call (217) 819-4569 to schedule an intake interview.

AP's move to its new home at our main facility was made possible through the generosity of . . .

Businesses: Beechy’s, Cekander Construction, Champaign Asphalt, Duce Construction, ESS Clean, Flooring Surfaces, Furniture Warehouse, Illini Mattress, Mx Electric, Plum Grove Millworks, Sherwin Williams, Stock’s Furniture, These Four Walls

Individuals: Ruth Moore, Michael Christy, Hayden Garrison, Amy Lienhart, Rob Palmisano, Alle Roley, Ed Stout, and the many supporters of Austin's Place

With the generous support of: the City of Champaign, the Community Foundation, and the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary