Saint Heart Catholic Church - Elgin - Society of St. Vincent DePaul - The church may be able to provides emergency financial assistance and cash grants to help with paying rent, energy bills, mortgage, utilities, or free gasoline (click here). Certain health care expenses may be covered too, such as medical bills and prescription drugs.
In addition, the church provides packaged food for free which is even delivered directly to clients' homes for them. Last, but not least, the center offers free new or used discounted clothing and furniture vouchers to be used at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Austin Texas and which can also be used at the Ladies of Charity in Bastrop. Phone (512)285-3882, or read more on the Elgin Texas based charity. Click here.
Saint Heart Catholic Church - Smithville, which is located in Smithville, provides the low to moderate income with emergency cash grants and financial assistance that can be used to help pay rent, CARTS transportation, and vouchers for prescriptions. Provides referrals to other services, non-profits, and federal and Texas government programs. (512)718-2614
Combined Community Action, Inc. is the local Bastrop community action agency. The assistance programs offered include the following.
Energy and Utility Bill Assistance - The agency runs programs that can provide for the payment of utility bills to prevent disconnection of service. The assistance program is currently divided into four main components of financial assistance, including energy crisis, heating/cooling assistance, elderly/disabled, and co-payment. The program may also be able to offer the replacement or repair of a heating or cooling device and also possibly a water heater, refrigerator, or appliance.
Weatherization Assistance - The federal government program provides for free energy conservation measures to a home or residence to reduce the energy usage and lower utility bills of a clients home.
Rent and Housing - The CCA community action agency serves as the local operator for the federal government HUD Section 8 housing assistance program. CCA also operates affordable housing with the rental of 18 single family units owned by CCA.
Food and Senior Nutrition - The CCA also offers provision of hot noon meals, 5 days a week to 20 nutrition sites for senior citizens who are 60+ years of age. Meals, food, and groceries are provided at home and in a congregate setting to seniors.
Information and referrals - Learn about such options as free health care and community clinics.
Call Combined Community Action, Inc. in Bastrop at (979) 540-2980.
Central Texas Community Action also can offer support services to those who are looking for self-sufficiency. They are a regional poverty fighting organization and are involved in administering low cost medical care, prescription drugs, and utility bill assistance to qualified low income families. Other programs can be referrals to housing needs, including eviction prevention. Or self-sufficiency from case management includes educational and job training workshops. Continue.
Bastrop County Caritas can provide help to the less fortunate, and many services may be available. Depending on resources, housing assistance in the form of loans for paying back rent or a security deposit may be available. They also offer free food to seniors and the less fortunate.
Another focus of the non-profit Caritas is on satisfying employment and educational needs. So case managers will help people obtain an ID, access job training, and gain new skills. Other aid is offered too, and click here.
Housing programs - Everything from rent help to transitional housing as well as security deposit assistance is available. Several churches as well as public housing authorities (PHA) in Bastrop County provide these services in an effort to stop homelessness. Also find information on section 8 housing vouchers, and find rental assistance in Bastrop County.
Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Support Center- Provides an emergency free food pantry for low income area residents and others who need help. Phone (512)303-0033.
Bastrop County Food Pantry - This center coordinates the weekly distribution of food and groceries including donated baked goods, fruits, vegetables, and other items at various sites throughout Bastrop County Texas. Call (512)303-0033.
Smithville Food Pantry - Provides a food pantry for Smithville Texas residents in need. Call (512)237-5197.
Elgin Community Health Services, phone number (512)281-5520, provides low income men and women with primary health care diagnosis and treatment. Services offered by the community clinic include health screening and monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar, medical visits, determine a health risk profile, provide preventive health education, and referral services to other local clinics and medical centers. If any medical conditions are detected during the exams that are provided by medical professionals, patients will be given a voucher to take to one of the contracted health care providers in their local area.
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