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Bexar County community action Department of Human Services.

The Bexar County community action agency is also the Department of Human Services, or DHS. The non-profit organization provides a number of programs and resources to those that are struggling and need help. Services offered from this city of San Antonio and county agency may be offered for low income families with children, the elderly, disabled, unemployed, and working poor. The agency also provides help both in San Antonio and across all of Bexar County.

Emergency assistance from DHS in Bexar County

Free or low cost child care assistance is provided in partnership with the Alamo Area Development Cooperation (AADC). Not only is Bexar County covered, but assistance is also available in nearby towns and cities including Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson Texas.

The countywide Child Care Services Program provides subsidies to thousands of children and their parents. In addition, hundreds of local day care providers also participate. The child care assistance and vouchers are available to help pay for both full and part-time care for qualifying families. There is often a waiting list for this subsidy. Find other sources of free daycare for low income families.

Another program for children and infants is Head Start. The San Antonio Department of Human Services offers educational, health care and family strengthening services to eligible children and even their parents as well. Head Start is offered to children under the age of 5. It offers educational, nutritional, medical, dental, mental health, disability services, and other aid that promotes school readiness and family strengthening.

Alliance to End Homelessness Continuum of Care is a regional program that is focused on stopping future incidents of and reversing current homelessness. They work closely with non-profits and other agencies such as Haven for Hope. The Department also contracts with community based homeless services providers.





Alamo Area Resource Center and the Greater San Antonio Housing Works is a regional database and housing locator service. It also offers clients with case management to assist individuals and their families with HIV/AIDS in locating and maintaining affordable, safe, and appropriate housing. A similar service is the Beat-aids Coalition Trust, Inc. Case Management, which offers housing referrals.

The Bexar County Family Violence Prevention Services, Battered Women's Shelter can offer a place to stay as well as case management and counseling services to women and children who have been victims of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Legal advocacy may also be offered.

Haven For Hope and Prospects Courtyard offers basic needs and social services. The San Antonio Department of Human Services can provide clothing, free food, shelter, and other emergency assistance and social services. Also get information on job training programs, medical and dental services and affordable day care. Guests of the non-profit shelter/housing program can also receive free meals, communal showers, basic medical care, laundry and access to mental health care, and other basic services.

San Antonio AIDS Foundation Nursing Facility Basic Housing HOPWA Operations is a skilled nursing/hospice facility that offers care to individuals with HIV/AIDS. There may also be transitional housing for HIV-positive individuals with no income that are homeless, indigent and/or recently released from prison.





The local Aids Foundation Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program will offer long-term housing subsidies and rent help to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS.

Metropolitan Ministries Rapid Rehousing was created to reduce the use of shelter or other temporary housing by providing clients with available rental units. These resources are offered qualified individuals and families in Bexar County that are homeless, behind on their rent, or at risk of becoming homeless. It is part of the government homeless prevention programs.

Seton Home Safe Shelter is for teen mothers and their children. The program will allow them to stay together as a family. There are locations in San Antonio and nearby towns and cities.

Child care services are also available to homeless families in Bexar County. It is created to allow homeless families to find a job and work, receive job training, or attend some form of school or education program in their effort to become self sufficient. Call 210.206.5550. In addition, note that homeless families will receive priority when it comes to enrolling into the Head Start program.

San Antonio Department of Human Services and the Family Assistance Centers provide low income families and individuals in Bexar County with the support they need. Case managers will help them move towards self-sufficiency and gain employment.

Human Services in San Antonio can also provide information on funeral assistance programs. The indigent and very low income may qualify for help. Most of this support is in the form of referrals. Learn how to get help paying for funerals.

Education, debt reduction, and social services from Department of Human Services Community Action

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will offer qualified seniors and low income families with free income tax preparation. It is offered across Bexar County for both low to moderate income families, and services are in Spanish too.




The Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a variety of adult and adolescent educational programs that serve community members of all ages to provide the tools needed to succeed academically, economically, and professionally.

A similar service is offered by the Financial Empowerment Centers. Specialists can help clients with reducing debts, repairing credit, and offering financial literacy. The Training for Job Success program is designed to support unemployed and struggling individuals as they prepare for better employment that leads families to self-sufficiency.

There are also educational programs for adolescents. These include a college scholarship program, recreational activities as well as, Café College, which is a local resource center. These services can help high school students access the resources needed to apply for college and obtain other forms of financial assistance.

A number of adult literacy and education initiatives are available through seven county and citywide Community Learning Centers. These community action agency supported centers offer free or low cost educational services to adults, immigrants and job seekers. The programs are run in partnership with other groups, including the North East Independent School District, Education Service Center/Region 20, San Antonio Independent School District, and a variety of non-profit community resources and government agencies.

The objective is to offer clients educational and technology opportunities to help them improve their skills when it comes to reading, writing, and conversing in English. Components of these programs include Adult Basic Education, Technology Classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), EL/Civics, and even computer classes such as Microsoft Office Suite.

Economic self-reliance is always stress. DHS, non-profits, and the community action agency work together on this. There is information on freelance jobs, work from home positions, and job training. Spanish speakers can find ESL classes (and later employment) and many other job programs are offered too. As an example, find freelance job sites for extra income.





San Antonio Department of Human Services is based at several locations. Some of them include the following.

  • 106 S. St. Mary's, 7th Floor, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Dial 210.207.8198.
  • Neighborhood Place, Financial Empowerment center and VITA, 3014 Rivas 78228, call 210.431.7551.
  • Claude Black Community Center, Financial Empowerment Center, 2805 E. Commerce 78203. Telephone number is 210.207.5233.


By Jon McNamara

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