RBJ Center - Frequently Asked Questions

Due to construction, RBJ is not renting units at this time and does not expect to rent units until 2019 or 2020. If you would like to be on the notification list for new apartments, please write to RBJ Office, 21 Waller, Austin, Texas 78702. Be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

More about the center

The Austin Geriatric Center, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization, is the founder and operator of the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center (RBJ). Our mission is to provide low-income elderly and handicapped people with housing and services specifically designed to meet their physical, social and psychological needs, and to promote their health, security, happiness and usefulness in longer living. Our vision is to increase the number of affordable housing units, within a supportive community, for seniors and adults who are disabled to empower them to age in place and live independently. RBJ is an independent living facility (there are no nursing services or meals provided).

The current RBJ tower has 250 units. In keeping with our vision, The Austin Geriatric Center is currently building a new apartment community adjacent to the RBJ tower which will house an additional 250 residents. As the new complex nears the end of construction, RBJ will renovate the current tower. At the end of this ambitious project, the Austin Geriatric Center will have doubled in size and be able to offer 500 affordable apartments on beautiful Town Lake.

RBJ's Past and Future

RBJ has a long and proud history of nearly 40 years in Austin. Read more about RBJ's history....

RBJ is now looking toward the future and planning to renovate the current tower as well as build additional units. Read more about RBJ's future...

How long is your waiting list?
It is not possible to determine how long an applicant’s name will be on the waiting list because that depends entirely on when current residents vacate their apartments.    Generally speaking, the waiting list for efficiencies is under 6 months long and the waiting list for one bedroom apartments is about one year.  When the waiting list gets to be so long that the wait for an apartment will be over one year, RBJ closes the list and does not accept new applications. 

Do I have to provide a deposit?
Yes, all deposits are $300, and can be paid out over time if necessary. If you will have a dog or cat with you, an additional $300 security deposit (refundable) is required, and also can be paid out over time if necessary.

What are the sizes of apartments?
Efficiencies are approximately 400 square feet and one bedrooms are approximately 600 square feet.

Is there nursing or social service assistance?
No.  RBJ is an independent living facility, so there is no nursing or social service assistance.  

May I have pets?
RBJ residents may have one common household pet.  The term common household pets means a domesticated animal, such as a dog, cat, bird, fish or turtle that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes.  The term common household pet does not include reptiles (except turtles). 

Dogs must be under 18 inches tall when they reach adulthood.  Dogs and cats must have proof of vaccination.  Dogs and cats require an additional $300 security deposit (refundable) which can be paid out over time if necessary.   Residents must keep at least two active “pet sponsors” on file.  A pet sponsor is someone who pledges to keep the pet should the resident become ill or injured or in any way unable to care for the pet.

Is transportation available?
RBJ does not own a vehicle for residents use; however, RBJ is located on a bus line and there are Capital Metro shuttles that transport residents to and from the grocery store several days a week.  The RBJ office sells bus tickets to residents at half price.

Are there planned activities?
The RBJ resident’s council plans many activities each month including field trips, games, musical entertainment.

Equal Opportunity Housing  Wheelchair Accessibility

Rebekah Baines Johnson Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.