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Assistance programs Bexar County and San Antonio.

Find where low income Bexar County and San Antonio families will get financial assistance for bills as well as free stuff. Get money from charities or churches to help pay utility bills, rent, housing, or transportation costs.  They also will give out free food or household supplies, gasoline or hotel vouchers, and attorneys that offer free legal aid.  Find more details on financial help near you in Bexar County TX and San Antonio.

Other resources are offered too. There are also dozens of charities, as noted below, that offer financial help or grant money in San Antonio TX and the county. Get assistance from government such as free grant money to help with bills. Or learn where to get free prescription eye glasses, school supplies, furniture, Christmas toys, a car for work and other free stuff in the San Antonio area.

Financial resources for low-income families in Bexar County to help pay bills

The San Antonio Community Action is an organization that provides emergency financial assistance for bills across the county. Staff also offer counseling and case management services. The programs are designed to both improve the immediate individual and family needs of residents Bexar County, and to also ensure people get what they need for their long term success. Services provided by this organization include:

  • Housing programs, including grants to help pay electric, water or gas bills as well as emergency rental assistance and help with security deposits.
  • Free items for low income families or single moms in Bexar County, including groceries, hot meals and mediation.
  • Case Management programs with free bus tickets, gas vouchers or car for a job.
  • Debt relief, including help to deal with debt, including settlement and debt consolidation
  • Form Preparation (Social Security, job applications, TANF, SNAP Food Stamp forms, SSI and more. There is also interpretation of documents in Spanish and English.

The Community Service Program has 8 offices and locations throughout the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Dial 210-207-8198 to inquire which CSP center is nearest to you and serves your residential zip code.

San Antonio Department of Human Services administrates assistance programs for the city and Bexar County. Services are offered for the working poor, low income, disabled, unemployed, and others. Receive referrals to federal government benefits, emergency financial aid and self-sufficiency.




  • Child care vouchers and subsidies may be offered for parents that are working or in training. Learn more on government help with child care in TX.
  • Homelessness Continuum of Care and Rapid Rehousing can help prevent evictions, support the homeless and may offer rental assistance.
  • Adult education, GED, ESL and other training resources are available, including for immigrants.
  • Basic needs, such as food may be available in Bexar County.
  • Several other programs are available. More on Department of Human Services in San Antonio.

Endeavors offers support. Many individuals or families, including veterans, Spanish speakers as well as immigrants, need some short term assistance to make it through an emergency or hardship. The Emergency Solutions Grant from the non-profit provides support. They help the low-income, veterans in Bexar County and homeless find a place to live, and pay the rent on it..

  • For example, receive money for security deposits, rent and energy bill help. Senior citizens recreational programs are also available in San Antonio. They also have a free furniture bank and food program. A non-profit known as Endeavors is a leading organization, and dial 210-431-6466. The address is 6363 De Zavala Rd, San Antonio, TX 78249.

The San Antonio and Bexar County Salvation Army will from time to time have funds that can be used to pay rent, utility bills, or provide free food and clothing. There are also funds to pay light or summer electric bills, seasonal support as well as other forms of aid. A number of other social services are provided too.

  • For example, the Salvation Army is a great place to call for one or more of the following. Free food from a pantry help feed the region. There are vouchers for prescription medications. Programs for senior citizens, including information on health care and home delivered meals. They also provide students (from K-12) back to school supplies and children free Christmas toys (or food baskets). Dial the Salvation Army at 210-352-2000, or learn more details on financial help from Bexar County Salvation Army, and find more resources.

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. also offers a crisis intervention program, counseling, family and children services. They also offer programs for seniors as well as immigrants and/migrant workers. Limited amounts of financial assistance is offered too. There is also focused help for seniors and veterans, including rent help, energy bills, and medications.





  • Families that meet low income guidelines may receive free fans, income tax filing help from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, food boxes including baby formula, and clothing. Christmas meals and gifts may be distributed to families with children as well. Another focus is on helping people find jobs and gain new skills. Read more on Bexar County Catholic Charity programs, or call their main center at. 210-222-1294.

Receive short term emergency assistance (such as clothes, holiday gifts and meals, and limited financial help for bills) from the Ella Austin Community Center. The location is a multi-purpose social service agency that provides help to a family, including single moms or dads or caregivers. There is child development, youth advocacy, nutrition, family counseling, education, and activities and resources for seniors. Phone number 210-224-2351. The location is 1023 N Pine St, San Antonio, TX 78202.

Housing Works / Alamo Resource Center -  The organization is for those Bexar County residents with AIDS or HIV. There is also support for their immediate family members. It can provide funds to pay rent, coordinate job or vocational training, and provide other support.

  • Other assistance is offered too. It can help people by providing utility assistance, meals, case management, medical transportation and assessments/referrals for other programs. In addition, work with a counselor for provides housing location assistance or free legal services. Staff also offer assistance in filling out government assistance program applications, such as social security. The center is at 527 N. Leona, San Antonio, TX 78207, dial (210) 358-9995.

The W.A.R.M program, which stands for (Project Winter Assistance Relief Mobilization) focuses on cold weather heating bills or extra money for electricity during the winter. It also helps fix a home. Seniors or the disabled can provide them utility rate relief and financial aid. It focuses on discounts and non-monetary support.

  • It is a collaborative effort between the Community Action Division, San Antonio Water Systems, the Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (PHCC) and also the Association of Plumbing Distributors. Together they will assist low and moderate income families with needed but unaffordable plumbing repairs. Call 210-207-7830 or 210-335-6770 to apply for this program.

Free transportation programs, including cars, are offered in San Antonio TX for qualified low-income families. The automobiles, including a truck or car, are focused on employment reasons. The programs are limited in scope. There may be help for single moms, seniors, grants for veterans and others. Learn more on where to get a free car.

St. PJ's Project Ayuda Program offers rental assistance. There is also support on applying for SSDI or SSDI or disabled grants. The agency offers a homeless prevention grant that will help those that are at risk of eviction and pending disability with a one time partial payment of their back rent. The Project also has a rapid rehousing grant that will help only former foster care youth that are qualified and currently homeless. The location is 919 Mission Rd, San Antonio, TX 78210. Call the non-profit at 210-533-1203.




GRASP (Greater Randolph Area Services Program) (phone number 210 658-6351) is funded by a variety of local sources, including the United Way. The GRASP programs offer emergency financial aid and assistance to those Bexar County families that are experiencing a household crisis or short term emergency.

  • If you apply for help and are determined to be eligible, households will receive emergency assistance and cash grants for paying rent, utilities and air conditioning bills. There are also free USDA food boxes, prescription meds and help with medical bills.
  • In addition, the GRASP Thrift Shop provides free clothing and house wares and products to needy families.
  • Seniors and the disabled in Bexar Coutny are a focus. The agency provides free senior transportation, and free rides for the handicapped. There is also a food pantry, daily activities and nutritious meals at the GRASP Community Center.
  • Family stability is offered too. GRASP Greater Randolph Area Services Program has a Comprehensive Emergency Assistance and Senior Congregate Meal and Activities. The agency will try to help stabilize the client with medical, nutritional and wellness needs met.

Bexar County Department Of Community Resources Housing and Human Services Main Office - This location may be able to assists low income households and families that need energy-related assistance. Services offered by this location include case management, funds to pay for an energy crisis, elderly and disabled assistance and heating/cooling systems assistance, and also co-payment. Call (210) 335-6770

CAM Social Services, which is formally known as Christian Assistance Ministry, offers free emergency food and clothing to the low income, often the same day. There is limited financial help for paying for bus tickets, storage units costs for the homeless, and other bills. The church also has referral services to local charities and non-profits, and additional social services. They have multiple sites, with the main downtown San Antonio Texas office at 210-223-4099. The charity is at 110 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215.

Volunteers of America Texas (San Antonio) offers programs for the poor and less fortunate. Low income and public housing, credit counseling, job training, and other aid is readily available from Life Enrichment Centers and other sites. More on Texas Volunteer of America assistance programs.

Military Family Relief Project at Catholic Charities – The organization can offer short term, emergency assistance. A focus is on eviction prevention, so the money will be used for rent, light or utility bills. Other services available may be free food, clothing, loans for housing expenses such as repairs or deposits, and referrals.  Funds are for veteran and their families. Call 210-226-6178, and the location is 1801 W César E Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78207.

Ascension DePaul Services of San Antonio has a number of emergency programs to help the low-income or people with little or no funds. Money will help pay for past due utility bills or get free stuff, including food, clothes, or medical - dental check ups. There is also Meals on Wheels (senior commodities) from Project H.O.P.E., financial help for a deposit on an affordable home and more from 7607 Somerset Rd, San Antonio, TX 78211. Dial (210) 334-2300







Additional rental assistance is offered. Dozens of different charities and organizations work to help the homeless and low-income pay for rent or housing. Participating nonprofit agencies include Catholic Charities, Neighborhood Place through Family Services Association, SAMMinistries, Jewish Family and Children’s’ Service, as well as as the Salvation Army. Many other groups help too, get a listing of regional San Antonio rent assistance programs.

  • Housing assistance and transitional units are located across Bexar County. These units can provide a place for an individual or family to stay. If you qualify for the use of the center then case workers will also usually provide other forms of assistance to individuals. For example, enroll into job training programs or employment counseling. Or sign up for government benefits or receive free medical care. The objective is to assist families with finding a new, permanent home or apartment. Find low income, transitional, and homeless shelters in Bexar County.

San Antonio Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) from Family Endeavors provides help to homeless veterans or those facing eviction. The federal funded SSVF program may have funds and short term financial assistance for bills such as housing, rent, or security deposits. There may even be financial aid for moving costs. Work with case managers to apply for government benefits too, including Veterans Administration grants. Address is 6363 De Zavala Rd, San Antonio, TX 78249. Main phone - 210-431-6466

Free lawyers are available in Bexar County. Volunteers and pro-bono legal aid helps the low-income, elderly and immigrants. Civil cases are handled, such as a lawyer will help families with a utility disconnection or eviction. Or get a consult for divorce filing, help applying for government benefits or a Green Card / work visa and more.

  • Rio Grande Legal Aid has multiple in person sites, and dial 800-369-0356 (San Antonio)
  • Caritas Legal Services is part of Catholic Charities, with a focus on immigrants and women with DV issues. The location is 110 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228. Phone: (210) 433-3256

Emergency Assistance – RACAP – The non-profit offers help with energy bills. There is also free credit repair for people looking for an apartment as well as utility or rent assistance. Or get stuff from the free food pantry, appliances or home repair, and referrals to other charities and agencies. Address is 307 Pfeil St., Schertz, TX 78154, call (210) 658-1613, or look here for national rent assistance that is available to both low- and moderate-income Texas families.

Social Services and Cash Assistance - The San Antonio Department of Community Initiatives administers several emergency assistance programs for the low income. Services range from help finding a job to money to pay for bills and housing. Other resources can provide health care, food, and other public aid. Read more San Antonio public assistance.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - By working with local churches and Catholic parishes, the Society of St. Paul provides food, groceries, clothing and financial assistance for expenses. Many resources do focus on people who are most at risk, such as seniors and families with children.

  • They can also provide advice to immigrants, and may even have special cash assistance programs for refugees/immigrants. One Haven for Hope Way, San Antonio, TX 78207, phone (210) 225-7837. Or click here for more details on St. Vincent in San Antonio and Bexar County.

Agape Ministry Emergency Assistance Program – Families in a crisis can get emergency assistance. Services provided include access to a household items, food pantry, clothing, and limited financial assistance for utilities and electric bills. Address is 127 Lanark, San Antonio, Texas 78218, phone (210) 590-6655, or more information on Agape programs.

The Lighthouse SA Apostolic Assembly Church has social services. Help is offered for low-income families, including some limited cash to help pay a utility bill. Or get information on basic medical, assistance for immigrants, food and more from 514 Gladstone Ave, San Antonio, TX 78225. Call (210) 385-7536 for details on how to get help with a bill.





Bulverde Food and Clothing Pantry, Inc. – This is a local community-based service organization that is involved in helping people in crisis by supplying limited, food and clothing. The charity is also offering free physical type goods such as medical equipment and enabling connections to appropriate support agencies for specific needs. Address is 2295-1 Bulverde Rd, Bulverde, Texas 78163, dial (830) 438-7899

Cash loans can be used to help pay bills as well. Families in Bexar County have dozens of options available. They range from Pawn Shops to payday lenders. The funds can help with paying expenses such as car repairs; rent; electric bills; medications; and much more. But note these type of loans often have high interest rates and/or fees associated with them. More on San Antonio emergency loans.

Bexar County focused churches - The poor, immigrants, Latinos, and others can get help. There is financial assistance for paying off bills along with practical support, such as clothes or food. Some parishes are also involved in counseling, including free advice of filing for citizenship or job finding resources. Find more on San Antonio churches.

SAMMinisitries helps the housing insecure, with a focus on homeless prevention and long term stability. The Bexar County charity provides help with paying energy bills, rental relief funds, supportive services and counseling. All of this is done in order to enable both families and individuals who are facing danger of foreclosure, eviction, or homelessness stay in their homes or apartments.

  • The team help low income families / people in poverty gain self-sufficiency, while at the same time providing the opportunity for short term financial help.
  • The Education and Employment services include free assistance in job skills training such as workforce programs, education, or basic needs. There are also job placement referrals.
  • Basic medical including Immunizations, eye exams, and physicals can be given as well for homeless people in San Antonio. Locate other programs for free prescription glasses.
  • Work Support can help with public and government benefits, including VITA (free income tax credits/assistance) and emergency assistance which includes Project Agua, Project WARM, Project REAP, Plumbers to People, and Affordability Discount Programs.
  • Financial Wealth Building offers budget management to help people eventually rent a place again. There is one-on-one financial coaching, financial literacy classes, and other aid such as access to mortgage assistance, IDAs, and savings accounts.

Staff from SAMM can help families be placed into transitional housing and then eventually into low income homes or apartments. Read SAMMinistries financial assistance programs.

Local and national churches provide help in Bexar County. The assistance is limited, and wide ranging, but the parishes can assist families living in poverty, immigrants, Spanish speakers, women, and others. Programs may include the following, but each church has their own focus.

  • Food pantries and soup kitchens feed the hungry in the San Antonio area.
  • A church may have money to help pay certain bills, such as rent, electric, or prescriptions.
  • Free gift cards may help pay for hygiene supplies.
  • Volunteers may drive someone to an appointment, help fix a car, and offer other care.
  • Many other services may be available. As an example, find churches that help pay bills.




Saint Philip of Jesus Catholic Church is at 142 E Lambert St, San Antonio, TX 78204. They offer financial help with utility bills, including gas or lights. There are other services too, such as free basic home repairs for the poor in Bexar County, a clothing center, and gas cards for work or transient people. Call (210) 226-5024

St. Peter - St. Joseph Children's Home – Some of the programs offered include vouchers for a thrift store, rent/housing assistance or grant money to pay utility bills. /There is also help in enrolling in GED classes/testing or college courses, completion of SSI government application and referrals, grocery boxes or hot meals, and more. The address is 919 Mission Rd., San Antonio, TX 78210, phone (210) 533-1203 or (210) 531-8555

The Eats Foundation – Vouchers and are offered for prescription RX or a ride to a job. There is also immediate financial assistance for bills. Or get baby formula, Ensure for seniors, and clothes for work or a kid as well as a food pantry is on site. Location is 767 S. Saunders, Seguin, Texas 78155, (830) 372-4900

Catholic Worker House assists the homeless and very low income. Free meals, clothing, personal hygiene products, use of a computer, and other case management is provided as well. Address is 626 Nolan St, San Antonio, Texas 78202. Telephone number is 210-224-7736.

Travis Park Church - Corazon Ministries offers basic medical care as well as help to the homeless, including adults or immigrants. There are check ups, referrals to shelters and transitional housing, and more. Learn about low income apartments and possible ways to pay the deposit or first months rent. There is also a free clothing closet. Dial 210-226-8341, or address is 230 E Travis St, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Family Service Association has a number of social services for low-income families, adults, or people with no money. A major focus is on educational and employment support, with referrals to free government grant programs to pay bills. They help people repair credit, save money for a deposit or home, offer financial literacy or debt relief and more. Call 210 299-2400 or (210) 657-6278, with the main office at 702 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212.

Alamo Area Resource Center may have assistance for HIV/AIDS clients and their immediate family members. Resources include medical transportation, or rent relief as well as electric bill assistance. There are also canned groceries,  free meals, and more. Other services offered are free legal aid, vocational assistance, and assessments/referrals for other programs. They also have information on medical bill assistance programs in Bexar County. 903 W Martin, MS# 18-2, San Antonio, Texas 78207, call 800-308-2437

Jewish Federation of Bexar County and San Antonio - This agency can be a resource. Some of their programs are available for residents of all faiths and religions. One priority is on helping the elderly in Texas as well as their care givers. Food, counseling, and transportation may be offered.

  • The federation may also have financial aid for assisting with the living needs for people in a crisis, employment programs, or details on benefits such as Medicaid or Elder care. There is also counseling. Some families may be provided a loan for paying their rent or security deposits when seeking assistance from the non-profit. More on Jewish Federation of San Antonio.

A crisis line referral service operates across the county. Anyone can use the service, and it is not income dependent. There is advice for the low income, families in poverty, and really anyone else. Staff provide information on financial assistance from non-profits as well as government aid. More on Bexar County crisis helpline.

Resources for seniors - Numerous programs and services are available for older adults. Most of the assistance is available at Senior Comprehensive Centers, which are located across the county and the City of San Antonio. They help seniors in Bexar County get free money from the government as well from benefit programs.

  • Work support assistance is also provided to seniors and residents 60 years of age and older to include personal care items, prescription assistance, and also medical equipment assistance. Qualified applicants can receive help, including Meals on Wheels, information on health and Medicare, transportation, and other support. More on senior programs in Bexar County.

San Antonio City Social Services - The metropolitan area is supported by a government agency that provides direct assistance and also partners with non-profit organization. Some of what is offered includes transitional housing, financial aid from Family Centers, food, and support such as Regional Alliance For The Homeless. Also get information on government benefits. Click San Antonio Services.





Bexar County Military and Veterans Services Center (MVSC) may be able to help veterans and their families. The non-profit offers homelessness prevention services. This can include help in obtaining Veterans Administration (VA) benefits. There is also short term help to pay bills (Water, car repairs, electric) as well as funds for housing, including rent or a mortgage.

  • Or legal aid, employment, job placement and other support. Applicants need to have a very low income. Address is 1422 E. Grayson St., San Antonio, TX 78207. Phone: 210-335-6775. Locate additional low income assistance programs.

Assistance for paying utility and cooling bills is also offered by the Bexar County Department of Community Resources.  The program assists low to moderate income households needing energy bill help. Services offered by the program include case management, energy crisis, heating/cooling systems assistance, and cash grants. Locate more Texas utility assistance resources.

  • Cooling bills - Several different charities partner with Bexar County Human Services to provide fans, air conditioners, and financial assistance during the summer. One of the primary programs offered is known as Project Cool.
  • Free fans or window AC units for the disabled and elderly are offered. The San Antonio area can be hit by scorching heat during the summer. Every year people are admitted to the hospital, or have serious medical conditions, that result from the humidity and heat. Seniors tend to be most impacted. So non-profit agencies do what they can to help the low income and elderly. Find free fans in San Antonio.
  • Water Bills - Residents of San Antonio can sign up for a payment plan that is created by customer donation. The San Antonio Water System may be able to provide financial assistance for people who are faced with an emergency situation. Read more on San Antonio water assistance programs.

More information on CEAP is from the Bexar County Department of Community Resources. As noted, the main number is 210 335-3666.

Presa Community Service center helps the disadvantaged. This non-profit charity agency serves the poor, low income and other disadvantaged residents by providing them with food, rent assistance and funds to pay utility bills. The aid is fairly extensive, as it also offers assistance programs for the elderly and youth, counseling, transportation services, home-delivered meals, ad child care assistance and support. Call the agency at 210-532-5295. The location is  230 E Travis St, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Where to get free stuff for low-income families

Free clothing, school supplies furniture and basic needs - Bexar County Texas is served by a number of clothing closets, charities, churches, furniture banks and thrift stores that offer low income residents access to basic living needs. This is mostly material assistance such as clothing, free school supplies, furniture, and household products. Students can be given free computers, or parents desks for working from home. More on Bexar County free furniture, school supplies and clothing closets.

  • Back to school supply giveaways are held throughout the county and city of San Antonio. Students of all ages can get what they need for the new school year, whether free items for the classroom, clothes, and other supplies. Charities, churches, and volunteers help with this. Find where to get free back to school supplies in Bexar County.

Help with food, groceries and nutrition is offered. The free San Antonio Food Bank (dial 210.337.3663 or 210-431-8302) partners with local distribution centers and charities. They give out groceries, serve hot meals, help the low-income get public assistance such as SNAP or EBT cards in Bexar County and more.

  • Families as well as children and seniors can also turn to dozens of additional pantries, soup kitchens and food programs in the county. Find additional San Antonio area free food banks and pantries.

Free assistance programs for the holidays - Most of the Christmas programs are available in San Antonio but others may be administered countywide. Some of what may be passed out includes free gifts, toys, books, meals and clothing around Thanksgiving and Christmas. More on San Antonio Christmas assistance programs.




Free computers, cell phones and internet access is available to families in poverty or those on government assistance, such as food stamps or Medicaid. The goal is to ensure students have high speed connections and devices for learning and parents for work. Find details on free cable internet from the government.

Free medical, dental, and health care services help the low-income. CentroMed (dial (210) 334-3700 or (210) 334-3750) is a local agency that provides dental, medical,  mental health, nutrition, social services, and other health care assistance. There is free help to low income and other economically disadvantaged, homeless and medically under served people in Bexar County. There are multiple sites with the main office at 3750 Commercial Ave, San Antonio, TX 78221. Click here to find other health care programs.

  • A number of other government qualified health centers and clinics operate in Bexar County. They can offer free or low cost care to senior citizens, children, the low income, and anyone who needs medical attention. Find locations and details on more free clinics in Bexar County.

Non-profits also offer Bexar County free financial relief options for mortgages; predatory lending counseling and education. In addition, work with a counselor to receive free foreclosure counseling assistance that can help homeowners who are in or nearing foreclosure with referrals to additional resources, including government programs such as the federal government Home Affordable Refinance Program.

  • In addition to those non-profit organizations listed above, several other agencies can help Bexar County residents reduce and pay off credit card debts and unsecured loans. They offer negotiation and debt consolidation services and even mortgage assistance programs. Read more San Antonio Texas credit counseling agencies.


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