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Assistance programs in Brazoria County.

In an emergency, there are financial aid programs in Brazoria County. The resources can help the low income or struggling moderate income households, and funds can assist with paying rent or utility bill expenses, food needs, medical or dental care, and other living expenses. Find how and where to apply for a grant or loan, including how churches, charities, and the government may all help a family pay their bills.

Receive free health and medical care

Residents of Pearland and Brazoria County can get free health care from the Live Oak Clinic. It is an all volunteer, primary healthcare, non-urgent clinic for Brazosport families and individuals residents who do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or CHIP and who do not have private health insurance plans.

What type of care is provided? - Some of the services provided include non-urgent primary healthcare, lab work & imaging, care of diabetes & hypertension, nutrition education and social service resources

After the Live Oak Clinic opened in October 2007, the facility had two doctors. There were not many patients at first, but mostly from word of mouth about the level of health care offered at the medical clinic as well as advertising at local stores, and combined with escalating health insurance costs, the number of patients using the facility rapidly increased.

To account for the higher demand, the health care clinic is seeking volunteers of all types, including nurses, doctors, physicians assistants, social workers and clerical workers. Dial 979-388-0809.

Another clinic to contact is the Brazosport Medical Center. The phone number is 979.239.1633. This clinic provides both medical and dental care, access to a a podiatrist, a chiropractor, an ophthalmologist, and houses programs including WIC, Youth & Family Counseling Services and the Jesse Tree. They can even refer people to nation programs that provide free drugs and prescription medications. Learn more.

Sweeny Community Hospital - Provides a wide variety of medical services for low-income residents of the Sweeny Community Hospital District, which lies within Brazoria County. Call (979) 548-1523

Angleton Texas has the Brazoria County Indigent Program that serves Pearland and the Greater Brazoria County area. The contact information is (979) 864-1885.




Senior assistance programs in Brazoria

ActionS, Inc. of Brazoria County, which can be reached at 979.849.6132, provides social and support services, meals, and groceries to senior citizens and persons aged 60 years and older so that they can maintain their dignity, purpose of life, and independence.

Financial assistance programs for bills, rent, and expenses

The Salvation Army supports families in Angleton and throughout Brazoria County Texas. Among other services, the agency provides emergency financial assistance with basic needs of those in need of help. The resources vary.

Qualified clients may receive free food, prescription medicine, clothing, utilities and cooling bill help, or even temporary shelter to transients. There are also assistance programs and job training for the unemployed seeking work, and disaster victims. In addition, a day care program for children ages 2 – 12 years is available. Dial 979.233.5420, or more details on the Salvation Army in Brazoria County.

Christian Helping Hands, Inc. - The agency offers financial assistance, with monetary limits on assistance put into place. The limits for food exist, fuel ($10) for doctor's appointments, utility assistance ($50), prescription medicine for uninsured ($25).

Housing limits, which is sometimes available as a loan, are also in place from Helping Hands. Those include rent assistance ($50), lodging (2 nights) at hotel, and clothing maximums exist as well. This will be two sets of clothing per family member from local non-profit resale shops. Pearland Texas. (281) 485-9776, or click here Christian Helping Hands information.

The Children's Center, Inc. can provide referrals, social services, and limited financial support. Most of the assistance is for low income families with young children. The Family Crisis center can also arrange shelter and job counseling. 4700 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77551, 409-765-6561.





Community Action Committee of Victoria - Financial assistance and case management services to low-income persons. The funds and grants can be used for paying natural gas, electric bills or propane costs in the persons name who is requesting assistance. The office is in Port Lavaca. Call 800-695-0314.

The Brazoria County Community Action Council also supports nearby counties too. Most of the aid is for helping individuals overcome their struggles and break the cycle of poverty and low income. Among assistance coordinated is low income energy bill assistance and weatherization. Or apply for federal benefits such as food stamps or section 8 vouchers. A key goal is to prevent homelessness in Brazoria County and help people meet their basic needs. (409) 765-9951

Brazoria County Community Development And Welfare Department - This government agency administers the Reliant Energy Bill Assistance Program that helps to defray monthly energy usage costs and reduce utility bills for qualified individuals and families. Maximum one-time assistance with bills is offered per year. Angleton. Call (979) 864-1427

Free or low cost legal assistance can help with housing, utility issues, applications for public aid, and other civil matters. Lone Star is the name of the firm that offers this service to working poor and qualified low income families, and Brazoria County clients can get free support. More on legal advice from Lone Star.

Social and Human Services are mostly administered at the state level, however residents in Brazoria County can access the public aid as well. All resources are available, ranging from SNAP food stamps to applications for Medicaid, disability or CHIP health care. Social workers from the county partner with families faced with poverty to provide for their basic needs. More information.

Government funded homeless prevention programs are used to stop evictions, foreclosures, and provide accessible low income housing. Several non-profits may receive grants and offer support services. More information.

Galveston County Community Action Council, Inc. also serves Brazoria County Texas. Call them at (979) 849-2928. The non-profit agency provides assistance with paying electricity, cooling or gas bills. Households may also qualify to receive a free room air conditioner to cool their homes during the summer. Head Start and other assistance programs may be available.

Brazoria families may qualify for other financial aid or referrals from the community action agency council. This can include free food (information on pantries), housing (financial assistance for paying rent or deposits), job training, and financial literacy workshops. Staff work to help the low income in the area get back on track and find stability. Click here.

Basic needs, with a focus on clothes and household supplies, are available at several Brazoria County charities. The agencies operate either Clothing Banks or seasonal services, including free back to School Supply Drives. The center assist children, seniors, the working poor and others with their work attire or school needs, hygiene, and other requests. More on Brazoria County clothing closets.

Agencies that focus on offering rent help - Several local Brazoria and Pearland organizations specialize in assisting renters. They can offer financial assistance to pay rent, funds for security deposits, and advice for dealing with an eviction. Almost all services are emergency, and will have income limits that need to be met. Learn more.

Brazoria County Neighborhood Center – Low income and senior households may qualify for energy bill assistance or a free room air conditioner. The non-profit can provide assistance with paying for gas or electricity bills if they meet income levels. 1216 North Velasco, Angleton, Texas 77515, phone (979)849-2928





Christ Lutheran Church – Administers and can help people apply for LIEAP Electric Bill Payment Assistance, Gas Paying programs, and more. 86 Plantation Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566, phone (979)297-2013

Speak to an attorney

Lone Star Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that employs experienced legal counsel, attorneys and law professionals to low income and elderly clients in the area. The attorneys will provide free legal aid for civil legal cases only, including: representing rights of persons with handicaps or disabilities; the working poor, the elderly; and will assist clients with housing issues, foreclosures and consumer debt problems. Click here to learn more, or dial 800.244.5492.

The local Community Action Council, Inc. can be reached at (409) 765-7878. This non-profit agency offers access to financial assistance programs, such as funds for utility bills and weatherization. They can also advise people on rent and housing assistance programs. Learn about ways to get help from the federal government, local charities, and state of Texas programs.

Brazoria free food and nutrition assistance program

Pearland Neighborhood Center is a distribution center that provides free food and groceries for families in need and service low-income families in emergency or crisis situations. Call (281) 485-1987

West Brazos Cares of Sweeny Texas - Clothing and food are provided for those in need of help. Call (979) 548-9000.

There are many other non-profits that focus on preventing hunger in Brazoria County. Whether it is free food, a hot meal, or applications to public aid, resources are offered. Find more food pantries and distribution centers that are located across the region.

By Jon McNamara

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