Marla’s Place

The Marla R. Johnson Family Housing Center opened in 2022 is named after long-time HCWC Executive Director Marla Johnson, whose vision was to build a safe haven for families to get a new start to life after living through a domestic violence situation.

Affordable housing in Hays and Caldwell counties is incredibly difficult to find in an ideal situation; factor in the additional safety needs required for a victim of abuse, attempting to leave an abuser, and it becomes near impossible.

Often the mothers are willing to return to a situation that is unsafe for themselves to ensure that their children have a roof over their heads.

Rendered Sketch of Transitional Housing

Rendered Sketch of Transitional Housing. Drawing by Mike Wills, Architect

We Have a Plan.

  • 18 unit Transitional Housing Complex on our existing campus.
  • Exemplary childcare and early education through on-site Head Start & Early Head Start provided by Community Action, Inc.
  • Access to free counseling and advocacy services through our non-residential program.

We Need Your Help.

We want to invite the community, including you, to help make this dream a reality. We can all do our part to make sure families don’t have to stay in abusive homes. There are many ways to help us guide this project to completion.

Join us by donating to this project. In addition, join us in our Everyone Gets a Shovel Campaign and submit a photo of yourself holding a shovel, a symbol for our community Building Hope for survivors of abuse. Make sure to leave a little note about why you have chosen to support HCWC and survivors of abuse.

Funds raised go directly to transitional housing and programs for victims of abuse.

Housing Registry

We are asking the public to help by donating items which will be needed for each of the 18 apartment units at Marla’s Place. Much thought and energy has gone into this list, so please purchase the items from the links provided on this page by clicking here.

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