For more than a decade, Austin's Place has been the only emergency shelter for single women in Champaign County! When its doors opened on January 1, 2008, six homeless women were provided with emergency overnight sheltering. Over the years, at its original home in Champaign's First United Methodist Church, and more recently 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, 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.  Renovations were completed in January 2021.

Our Shelter Coordinator and support staff provide a safe and healthy atmosphere at the shelter. They also guide our friends toward other local services and opportunities for work and housing.

AP's move to its new home at 504 N. Market Street in Champaign has been 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


If you are in need of shelter, please see this page.