If you are a low or moderate income individual or family living in the Houston Texas or Harris County area, the Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA) is an organization that can provide you with short term help on bills and expenses, and at the same time ensure you have access to longer term support. They are a private, nonprofit organization that is Texas' largest Community Action Agency. Some of the programs offered by GCCSA include Rental/Mortgage Assistance, Prescription Voucher Program, Head Start and Early Head Start services, Transportation Assistance, including Housing Counseling, Furniture Voucher Program, Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, Employment Skills Program and Individual Development Account Program, After School Program, Back to School Program a Community Learning Center Services, and Senior Services. They have 35 locations throughout the county and Houston area. A sampling of the programs offered are below. However, there are others. Contact them to apply or to learn more.
The above are just a sampling of the programs offered by the Harris County community action agency. The main office is at University Business Park, 5000 Gulf Freeway, Building One, Houston, Texas 77023. The phone number is 713 393-4700. Contact them to learn more about these and other assistance programs, or to apply.
Consumers can both improve their credit scores and reduce their credit card and medical debts by taken advantage of credit counseling from the Houston Area Urban League. Learn about credit repair programs, debt management plans, and other options available. Call the Urban League at 713-393-8735. Find other debt help programs.
Money Management International, Inc. of Houston will work with individuals to set up a repayment schedule to the client's creditors, including credit card companies, medical bills, etc. If the debt repayment program involves reduced payments or past due accounts for the applicant of the program, the client may enroll in a Debt Management Program. Call (713) 923-2227
Find a listing of programs and agencies that provide rent, food, housing, foreclosure, and other assistance to all of Houston Texas and Harris County.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (phone (713) 526-4611) offers various services and resources. They can provide food, rent help, utility bill assistance, and prescription drug medication assistance and more.
The Rental Assistance Program focuses on individuals and families who are in a short crisis. Case managers and housing counselors will work closely with individuals during this time to help them locate jobs, provide job training and help them find permanent housing. They provide one time rental assistance (up to 1 month's rent), short-term rental, utility assistance and counseling and case management services, as funding is available.
The non-profit also offers provides referrals, advice, and social services. This ranges from job training programs to legal advice for immigrants. Case managers can also help people apply for government programs and cash assistance. Click here for more details on Catholic Charity programs in Harris County Texas, including the phone numbers and addresses of the centers.
The Salvation Army of Houston, which can be reached at (936) 760-2440, offers several services including Mortgage and Rent Payment Assistance, Water And Utility Bill Payment Assistance, and also free food.
The non-profit Salvation Army supports low income people all across Harris County, and they operate from several locations. While they do offer some financial assistance, funding is limited and not everyone will qualify. However they are a great place to also call for referrals and other non-monetary aid such as home delivered meals, support in applying for public aid, social services, and thrift stores. Read more on all of their programs.
Another charity organization to turn to for help in Houston is Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They help people of all religions. The organization is a partnership of Catholic churches in Bexar and Harris County that provide emergency financial assistance in the Houston-Galveston area. Get help with utility and gas bills, rent, medications, and much more. (281) 485-2976
Southeast Area Ministries - Helps low income and other qualified applicants. They can help by giving limited financial assistance and grants that can be used to pay for housing, utilities, rent and security deposits, medicine, gas vouchers, as well as job related tools and expanses. The aid doesn’t stop there though. They also offer clothing, household items, furniture, referral counseling, and information on Texas and federal government programs for all other needs. (713) 944-0093
A variety of assistance programs are offered by the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Social Service Center. They offer the Emergency Food Shelter Program, which can provide qualified Houston Texas individuals with funds for paying their rent, mortgage, and housing expenses. In addition, they may also provides financial assistance and cash grants up to once per 12 month period for families or individuals with delinquent rent or mortgage as well as delinquent water, light, and gas bills.
Bear Creek Assistance Ministries - Provides rent, money and financial assistance as well as other financial hardship assistance to qualified people. The charity also has a low cost thrift store on site. Houston Texas. (281) 550-8949, or click more Bear Creek Ministries.
Churches support low income families. A number of faith based groups are located in Houston Texas and outside the city. While some offer only food or vouchers, others provide financial help. It will vary based on location. Find electric bill and rent help from churches in Harris County.
Baytown Resource & Assistance Center - Provides grants and vouchers for food, utilities, and rent help. (281) 424-5752
Christian Community Service Center, Inc. - Houston Texas (713) 871-9741. the agency assists low-income clients of all religions with emergency free food and groceries, clothing, and limited financial assistance for bills and housing expenses. Emergency dental and health care, assistance with prescriptions and medical equipment are also available.
Houston Volunteers of America - Texas - Also known as VOA for short, the agency offers several assistance programs. One of the most high demand offerings is for affordable housing and apartments, and the non-profit does operate units in the Harris County region. Some of the main clients for housing and other assistance programs are the elderly, families with young children, and unemployed. Click Texas Volunteers of America.
Cypress Assistance Ministries - information and referral, clothing, household items, general counseling, and limited financial assistance. (281) 955-7684
Covenant House Texas – Provides crisis shelter, transitional shelter and transitional apartment living for youth ages 18-20 including medical care and clothing. 1111 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006, call (713)523-2231.
Windsor Village United Methodist Church operates a Social Services Office in Harris County. They run the Emergency Food Shelter Program (EFSP) which may pay out rent, mortgage, or food assistance. This may include short term loans for paying rent. (713) 551-8792
Larkin Community Center - Special attention is offered/available to Senior Citizens and families with children. The non-profit center helps with Utility Bills and Rent Assistance on a limited basis. (713) 869-9143
MANNA (Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance) (phone (713) 682-7556) provides emergency electric, gas and utility bill help, as well as rent payment assistance for those in need.
Memorial Assistance Ministries runs the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. The program provides financial assistance with paying for rent, utilities, case/care management, debt and budget counseling and credit repair, and free legal assistance for those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Call (713) 574-7544.
Northwest Assistance Ministries - Offers the low income, the working poor, and others with emergency assistance with food, natural gas, water bills, rent, and mortgage. They administer a number of emergency assistance programs across Harris County, and also process government benefits such as help for completing SSI disability applications.
St. Pius Catholic Church - Provides free food every 3 months and financial assistance for bills once every 12 months when funds are available. Pasadena Texas. (713) 473-9484 ext. 316
Harris County Area Agency on Aging is the local center of the nationwide network. Seniors can benefit from the programs offered. They include free meals, including home deliveries, Medicare benefits counseling from the State Health Information and Assistance Program, information and referrals, and other support. The disabled in the Houston area may also benefit from some programs, regardless of their age. The address is 8000 N Stadium Dr, Houston, Texas 77054. Call (832) 393-4301, or more on Texas Agency on Aging.
Low income housing and apartments are available for those Harris County families that are struggling to pay their rent. Some of the units specialize in meeting certain needs. For example, housing may be offered for senior citizens or women with children. Many agencies offer affordable apartments and homes to Houston low income families and they may distribute rental vouchers as well. Read Houston low income housing.
My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center offers the Emergency Food Shelter Program to Harris County families. This EFSP program provides federal government funded rent, utility, and mortgage assistance when funds are available. They also operate a food pantry, and offer free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Houston (281) 498-9933, or more details on My Bother’s Keeper programs.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Harris County - A partnership of churches that provide emergency financial assistance and cash grants. Funds are limited. Get help for utilities (water, gas, electric bills) and rent. Some locations have an on site food pantry. In addition, all locations provide vouchers to St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores where clients can receive appliances, clothing, and furniture. Call (713) 741-8234, or click here.
Houston Texas based St. John Vianney Social Ministry - This non-profit charity offers rent assistance and utility bill assistance, clothing from Joseph's Coat Resale Clothing Shop, and free food from pantry. Call (281) 497-4434.
Brentwood Community Foundation offers resources for people with HIV/AIDS. This can include financial assistance, such as rent, mortgage, food, and utility bill assistance. They also coordinate support groups, referrals, and may have housing. The main office is at 13033 1/2 Landmark Street, Houston, TX 77045. Call (713) 852-2551. Other agencies that offer similar services in the region include Covenant House Texas (dial (713) 523-2231), New Hope Counseling Center, Inc. (phone 7081 (713) 776-8006) as well as The Colt 45s (dial (713) 526-6077).
Humble Area Assistance Ministries can assist those facing evictions or the currently homeless. The charity can provide assistance to rapidly re-house persons in Harris County who are homeless as well. The agency provides utility bill and rental assistance, loans for security deposits, free legal services, case/care management, and credit repair or debt reduction classes to those who are struggling. They are based at 1302 First Street in Humble Texas. Call (281) 446-3663, or continue reading.
Larkin Community Center can provide for some basic needs. Apply for assistance with one utility bill or rental payment. These can be used every 7 months up to 4 times per client/household. 5414 Larkin
Houston, TX 77007. Call (713) 869-9143
LINC Houston Community Services is made up of churches and faith based groups. The charity mainly focuses on basic needs, but can have limited cash assistance and also offer help in applying for government benefits.
The basic items may include free food, prescriptions, or eye glasses. The financial programs, when available, can help pay rent to prevent an eviction or security deposit on a low income apartment in Houston. Or get help in applying for job training, social security, Medicaid and other programs. More LINC financial resources.
Riceville Mt. Olive Baptist Church may have resources such as food, clothing (shoes, coats, work attire) and emergency financial assistance programs. (713) 774-4880
St. Joseph Social Ministry only offers help to qualified people in the zip code of 77007. This can include food, utility bill help and more. (713) 222-8903
St. Mary Magdalene Social Services may distribute food and energy bill help to the low income and needy in the Humble Texas region. Dial (281) 540-1907 for information.
St. Justin Martyr Social Ministry - Provides low income, the unemployed and working poor help on a first come first serve basis assistance with electric, water bills, gas, rent, or housing expenses.
West Houston Assistance Ministries runs the CARE Ministry. Phone number (713) 977-9942. The ministry provides low income clients with short-term solutions, resources and self-sufficiency. The predominant needs addressed are: housing assistance (such as rent and even mortgage), utility, cooling bills assistance, free food and clothing. Houston and Harris County TX.
Housing and Community Resource Center provides referrals. The organization partners with and has linkage to dozens of other charities and non-profits across Houston and the county. Some examples of what may be available is as follows.
Legal representation and advice - Two firms, including Lone Star and the Volunteer Lawyers program, provide information and support for many topics. One focus is on homeless prevention, so they offer advice on eviction as well as utility shut off notices. Or lawyers can offer help in applying for benefits such as SSI or other public aid. Other free assistance is provided to for low income families. Click Harris County legal aid.
Emergency rental assistance - Several charities, churches, and non-profits focus on stopping or reversing homelessness in Harris County. The agencies may offer financial support or referrals. While limited, there may be loans or cash grants for paying rent and more. Other bills such as security deposits or moving costs may be partially paid for as well. Find details on Harris County rent assistance programs.
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Social Service Center (phone number (713) 747-7101) provides limited forms and amounts of financial assistance and cash grants once per 12 month period for delinquent mortgage payments or rent as well as overdue light, gas and water bills.
Interfaith Caring Ministries offers the following programs. The federal government funded Emergency Food Shelter Program (EFSP) offers utilities, food, and rent help. Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing, which is from stimulus funds, pays for moving costs, back rent, and offers services such as debt reduction and credit repair. (281) 332-3881. Read more.
Housing assistance - Resources are offered to help Houston and Harris County families deal with various housing issues. Programs can offer emergency rental assistance, security deposits, housing vouchers, and other aid. Most of the services are funded by the federal government, but local public housing authorities distribute the funds. Read more.
Katy Christian Ministries - Provides assistance with paying for utilities, rent, case/care management, job search/placement, and career counseling. Many other services are run by KCM, such as holiday assistance from Santa’s Sleigh. Katy Texas based. (281) 391-5261, or read Katy Christian Ministry services.
Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries - Clients of this non-profit agency are helped with prescription drugs, rent aid, money for cooling bills and utilities, gas, and overnight lodging, on a limited basis. Tomball Texas located. (281) 351-6700
Basic needs and clothing - Non-profits and organizations across Houston and Harris County distribute items such as clothing, furniture, household goods, school supplies, and free Christmas items. Some of the locations include clothing banks, churches, and other charities. Continue with Houston clothing closets.
Bering Omega Community Services only assists those residents that meet HOPWA eligibility, so that are impacted by HIV or AIDs. The non-profit is in Houston Texas (phone (713) 529-6071) and offers referrals, residential housing, medical support and rent help to those impacted by AIDs.
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc., 3202 Weslayan, Houston, (713)623-6796. Persons with HIV/AIDS can get up to 12 months of rental assistance, help for cooling and electric bills, and other aid.
NW Harris County Satellite Office, 15555 Kuykendahl, Houston, Texas 77090, call (713) 696-7900. The Harris County social service department can provide help for utilities, rent, and free legal advice, among other public benefits. A focus is on the working poor and residents with an unexpected reduction in income.
HAUL, also know as the Urban League, provides many services as indicated on this page. Everything from advice on homebuying to foreclosure counseling and support for families facing eviction is available. They also offer employment services from their Economic Empowerment Center and other resources. More on Urban League of Houston programs.
HFB - Houston Food Bank Foundation operates a referral line for the community, and anyone can call. Staff will offer information on emergency food pantries and soup kitchens. School supplies are offered for educators from Teachers Aid, and there are also free snacks and meals for students. Senior citizens in Houston can get free food boxes, and the foundation will also help families apply for benefits such as SNAP food stamps. More on food bank foundation programs.
Harris County Community Services, 1310 Prairie, Suite 1000, Houston, (713)696-7900. Indigent families can access short-term assistance, case management, and help for bills, and the government agency also provides temporary financial assistance for paying for food, shelter, utilities, and groceries.
Star of Hope is a charity that offers emergency shelter, information on transitional housing, and solutions for the homeless and poor in Harris County. On any given days hundreds of men, single parents, and children use the services that are administered. Click more Star of Hope.
Wesley Community Center, Inc., 1410 Lee Street, (713)223-8131. Apply for rent, cooling and utility bill assistance, credit/budgeting classes, free pro-bono legal services, case/care management, and emergency financial support.
SEARCH Homeless Services provides various low income and transitional housing programs, job training from a Resource Center, and educational support. The Stabilization from the non-profit can help Houston area households with a disabled member, and the organization also coordinates free medical and dental care for the homeless, among other services. They also work to help prevent evictions to begin with. More on housing programs from SEARCH.
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston provides support as part of the Continuum of Care. They have information on providers that provide everything from vouchers to pay for a motel to short term rental assistance in a crisis. Other support may be permanent housing placement, shelter, legal aid for housing court, and anything required by tenants. Read Houston Eviction Prevention and Rapid Rehousing.
Water and sewer bills - Seniors, low income families, and disabled individuals who are facing a shut off of their water service may be able to qualify for financial aid to pay their water bills. A limited amount of cash assistance may be offered up to twice per year. Read more on Houston water bill assistance.
Social services - Individuals who are faced with an emergency, and who meet income guidelines, can be able to qualify for financial assistance, grants, and free advice from the Harris County Community Services Department. Services are wide ranging, and the organization can offer housing assistance, help for energy bills, public aid, referrals and more. Read more.
Help at the holidays - Tens of thousands of families receive assistance every year. During Christmas, there may be free toys for a child, gift certificates or emergency food boxes. Harris County charities also offer additional support at other key times, such as Thanksgiving meals and visitors to the elderly in Houston. Locate Houston and Harris County Christmas programs.
Get free foreclosure counseling and advice from the Houston Area Urban League, Inc. They are a HUD approved agency, and provide solutions to a homeowner facing a crisis. They work directly with the homeowner and borrower and have extensive resources to bear. Call the Urban League at (713) 393-8700 to learn more and apply for foreclosure help.
Non-profit agencies -Get information on non-profit organizations and counselors in the Harris County and Houston area that provide solutions to a foreclosure. Read more.
Credit Coalition - Provides free foreclosure intervention counseling. (713) 224-8100
Humble Area Assistance Ministries, 1302 First Street, Humble, (281)446-3663. Get mortgage and housing help.
Lone Star Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families, the elderly, and others who have immediate needs for advice but cannot afford an attorney. The programs can help with foreclosures, debt issues, child custody, and more. Click here to learn more, or call them at (713) 652-0077.
Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. administers an Employment Programs that help participants prepare for entry into the job market, improve their skills, identify employment opportunities, and learn job retention techniques. In addition, Career Counseling services offers educational and vocational guidance. (713) 754-7000.
Legacy Community Health Services, Inc. is a health clinic that will provide free, no-cost or low-cost healthcare services to over 20,000 men, women and children each year. They help with an extensive list of medical conditions and health care needs. Call them at (713) 830-3000.
If you do not have health insurance, the San Jose Clinic is the only clinic in the Houston Texas area that is dedicated to providing free medical care to the uninsured. Over 1.1 million people in the county do not have health insurance, so the demand for its services in very high. There are some income guidelines as well in order to be eligible. Patients of the clinic are able to receive free medical, pharmacy, dental, medications and other social services. Call the clinic at 713-228-9411, or read more on free medical care.
Patients who can’t afford to pay for medical or hospital bills can also turn to the Houston based Good Neighbor Healthcare Center. Dial 713-529-3597 for an appointment or to learn more. No patient is turned away, no matter their income. A sliding fee scale is in place for those on a limited income. Receive access to general health care, dental services, behavioral health, optometry, and other free health care.
Shalom Health Ministry, which can be called at (713) 454-6474 and is located on Broadway Street in Houston, provides patients of all ages with primary health care and immunizations. Charges and expenses due by the patient will be based on a sliding scale. A registration fee needs to be paid though.
People without insurance or any other source of money for paying for treatment may be able to get medical care from Christ Clinic. They provide dental care to those without insurance or the means to pay for medical services. (281) 391-0190
Harris County Hospital District is a public health clinic that offers medical care on a sliding fee scale. The community clinic provides primary health care, pharmacy and medications, podiatry, nutrition and health education, and social service referrals. Phone (281) 837-2700. More on prescription medications.
Central Care Community Health Center - Provides low income as well as uninsured with primary health services. Houston Texas based. (713) 831-9654
Northeast Community Health Clinic (dial (713) 331-2560) offers patients with a community clinic which provides preventive and supplemental services and care in primary services.
Christ Clinic of Katy Texas - This community clinic provides medical care to those without insurance or any other source or income for treatment. (281) 391-0190
Get a listing of additional Harris County clinics.
Family Services of Greater Houston (713-861-4849) administers the Ways to Work program, which provides low interest care loans to people who need a car for their job. Program participants can qualify for a low-interest car loan that can be applied towards buying a new or used car.
A new credit union has been open in the Gulfton/Sharpstown which is catering to low-income families in the area. Neighborhood Centers Inc. is the organization that is running the center, and has worked with other local groups to establish it. It is intended to help people who do not have a bank account or a traditional banking relationship, and it can help these individuals build credit, reduce debts, qualify for home and car loans, and much more. Dial 832-239-8599. Learn more on credit unions and stretch pay loans.
In addition to applying for loans and receiving financial advice at Neighborhood Centers Inc., there are several other debt and credit counseling agencies around Harris County Texas. They can provide everything from debt reduction, credit repair, and foreclosure prevention to low income clients. Read more on non-profit credit counseling.
Many other food distribution centers are located across Harris County and Houston Texas. Some off free items, others sell groceries at a low cost or may serve a holiday meal. In addition, staff can often help families apply for SNAP food stamps or find assistance such as free baby formula. Find more food banks in Harris County.
Some of the organizations or places to call for information on free or reduced priced child care in Harris County and Houston Texas include Collaborative for Children. They are the leading Local Childcare Resource & Referral Agency. Call 713-600-1100.
For information on agencies that run the Houston Head Start and Early Head Start programs, call these providers. Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. 713-393-4726, Avance Inc. (713-812-0033), Harris County Department of Education (713-273-3211) and also the non-profit Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (713-273-3211).
With tens of thousands of people unemployed or looking for new jobs across the region, there are several organizations that focus on helping people finding a new job, enhancing their skills, or improving their employment opportunities. Some of the options available include the following. Houston Area Urban League, phone number 713-393-8700, Macedonia Outreach & Career Center, phone 713-674-8898 and the Career & Recovery Resources, Inc., phone 713-754-7000.
Find some information on a few resources specific to Houston. Agencies and organizations may cover only the city area.
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