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Brownsville area rental assistance programs.

Cameron County as well as Brownsville area residents can apply for rent help from one of several agencies. The funding available is limited and it often relies on government grants or money raised from the community. Anyone that is facing an eviction should seek rental assistance as soon as possible. Or they can look into other resources, such as assistance for a security deposit so they can relocate to a new, affordable property.

The non-profits will often have a waiting list in place, and this especially holds true for the section 8 program in Cameron County. When facing a crisis, then the applications for assistance for any back rent can be accelerated. There may also be housing services focused on the disabled or senor citizens in Brownsville Texas, as helping these individuals with paying their rent and keeping them housed often take priority.

Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley is a social service agency focused on the area around Harlingen. There may be emergency financial aid for rent, energy costs, and other expenses. This is also combined with case management or placement into shelter. Call 956-423-1014.

Good Neighbor Settlement House
1254 E Tyler St
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone - (866) 505-7929
The homeless can get shelter or funds for first months rent or a security deposit, if they have a source of income.

Catholic Charities Brownsville
955 West Price Road
Brownsville, TX 78520
Main phone – 956-541-0220
One time assistance may be provided for mortgage or rent payments. A waiting period is in place before a grant is issued. The charity covers La Paloma, Brownsville, Los Fresnos and Port Isabel Texas.





South Texas Adult Resource Training Center STAR
Address is 743 North Sam Houston Blvd
San Benito, Texas 78586
Main phone - 956-399-7818
One time funds or loans or issued for rent to stop an eviction. They also offer the tenant budgeting and job placement.

Valley Coalition For The Homeless
Address is 5621 S Expressway 83
Harlingen, TX 78550

Family Emergency Assistance Of Harlingen Texas
514 South E Street
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4265
The program known as Vera Naumann helps stop homelessness in Cameron County. Furniture, rent assistance from no-interest loans, household goods, and more is provided.

MET - Brownsville Motivation Education And Training MET
Location - 851 Old Alice Road
Brownsville, Texas 78520
For information, dial 956-550-8545
Migrants and farmworkers are the only clients. Everything from security deposits to rent and shelter is available.




Emergency homeless prevention services help with housing needs. Cameron County area tenants can apply for grants to pay their rent or get free legal advice from an attorney. There is also financial help for housing, security and rental deposits for immigrants. Read more.

Salvation Army
Address - 201 East Monroe Street
Harlingen, TX 78550
Telephone number - 956-423-2454

Cameron County - Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
308 East Harrison
Harlingen, TX 78550
Clients are senior citizens and low income families. Lawyers will help with applying for section 8 or other benefits, resolve tenant disputes, offer advice on security deposits, and more.

Casa de Proyecto Libertad
Address - 113 North 1st Street
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Telephone: 956-425-9552
Low cost legal advice is provided to immigrants on housing and other civil matters.





Department of Family and Protective Services - Harlingen Office
801 N 13th St.
Harlingen, Texas
Primary phone - 800-252-5400
Only assists with rent for victims, whether women or children, of domestic violence or that live in unsafe housing.

Cameron County Housing Authority
104 Troywood Circle
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Telephone - 956-425-3521
Programs include Section 8, low cost public housing, and Family Self-Sufficiency.

By Jon McNamara

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