In 1983, developer Henry C. Beck, Jr. and Dallas Mayor Starke Taylor recognized the need to provide a safe shelter for homeless men in Dallas, and Shelter Ministries of Dallas founded Austin Street Shelter near downtown Dallas. With a focus on the most vulnerable of the homeless adult population, we served men, ages 45 and older. Later we added services for women who are 18 and older, as all female homeless adults face unique risks. In 1992, the shelter moved to its current location and became known as Austin Street Center to better reflect our wide range of services. As a low barrier emergency shelter, Austin Street Center serves about 400 of the most vulnerable homeless men and women every night, with a focus on the older homeless population. In addition to providing basic needs of food, clothing, and a safe place to sleep, Austin Street Center provides access to support and resources that help people successfully transition out of homelessness and into a permanent place to call home.