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Assistance programs in Collin County.

Low-income families in Collin County Texas will get financial assistance from charities, churches, or government organizations. Get hardship funds to help pay for electric bills, rent or housing expenses, or apply for free money to pay bills. Or get free food, school supplies for kids, Christmas toys, and more. Find financial help near you in Collin County.

There are charities that give grant money in Plano, Mckinney TX and the county. Both loans and government assistance are also options in an emergency. There may be transportation help provided in Collin County TX for school, work, or job training reasons, and this may include free gas for a job or a free car for low-income families. There may also be help paying for car repairs or bus tickets or charities will even drive the elderly to a medical appointment or deliver a meal.

Grant money in Collin County from community action

The local community action agency is The Assistance Center of Collin County. Phone 972-422-1850. The address is 900 18th St, Plano, TX 75074. They can offer low income, veterans, single mothers and other qualified applicants with emergency help as well as long term, poverty fighting programs.

  • Grants for utility bills are available from the state, federal government, and local the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Funds. Low income families or people that need help with paying energy bills, community action has applications to LIHEAP and CEAP.  It provides grants to help people pay their bill and other services to help them reduce their energy usage.
  • Weatherization is coordinated too in Collin County. This free home repair/improvement program helps eligible households, including low to moderate income, as well as elderly, better manage their energy consumption for a safe, affordable environment.
  • Some housing assistance is available from ACCC as well, including grants for paying rent or funds for security deposits for the currently homeless. They also have information on Collin County transitional housing units as well or free motel vouchers, including for Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, and other places.
  • The ACCC community action encourages, and helps people, achieve long term economic stability. This includes information on job fairs, transportation for work such as bus passes or gas cards and more. Find details on free gas for low income families.
  • Free medical and health services are offered in Collin County, including to people on Medicaid or the uninsured. There is details on low-cost RX medicine and access to medical, dental insurance and social services.

 

 

 

They can also refer people to other Texas and federal government programs, as well as local charities including for food, homeless shelters and benefit. This is a leading non-profit to call for help. The main address is 900 18th St, Plano, TX 75074. Read Collin County assistance center.

There is also another Collin County community action. They administer the state’s primary utility bill assistance program known as CEAP, as indicated above. However the agency offers many other resources for seniors, the disabled, and low income families, especially those with children. Contact them for referrals to free food, emergency funds for back rent, weatherization, and educational programs such as Head Start. More on assistance from Community Services.

Emergency financial help in Collin County, Plano, and McKinney area

Allen Community Outreach administers social services and several assistance programs that will help families when they are facing a short term hardship or in times of emergency. The types of help the non-profit known as ACO can provide is extensive, including money to pay rent and utility bills, free food, clothing, small household furniture items or vouchers and more. Or learn about a free vehicle donation service from local auto dealers or charities. Find examples of some of their services.

  • They run a food distribution center, known as the Allen Food Pantry, that provides free groceries and food vouchers to those struggling to provide for their families.
  • Household items, clothes, and other items are provided. Get winter coats, school clothes and shoes, and much more. Free kitchen pots, pans, utensils and small cookers may be provided in Collin County too.
  • A program known as care and share provides such essential items as free diapers, personal hygiene items,  paper products, toiletries and other essentials.
  • ACO Job Cares Center is part of the organization too. Counselors will work with people trying to find a job. The agency also keeps an updated job bank featuring current listings of employment opportunities in Collin County Texas in a collaborative effort with North Texas Work Force in Plano and McKinney. There are also other options available, such as donating plasma or gig work. Find where to donate plasma to get paid.

Contact the outreach program at 972-727-9131. The location is 301 W Boyd Dr, Allen, TX 75013

 

 

 

 

The Salvation Army Of Collin County, which is based in Plano Texas but has other Family Service Centers in the county, also offers numerous assistance programs to low-income families or the homeless. Among the services and resources they provide include electric and Gas Bill Payment Assistance. There is also immediate financial assistance for paying rent, prescription expense vouchers, an on site food pantry, counseling, and more.

  • Christmas and holiday assistance (such as meals and free Xmas gifts) can be offered to Plano and Mckinney families as well from programs such as Angel Tree. Or immigrants and low income parents can apply for free back to school supplies or clothes. A low-cost thrift store also sells items to the public, including appliances, furniture and other items. Call the agency at (972) 423-8254. Read Salvation Army Collin County assistance programs.

Mckinney Rural Development, phone (972) 542-0081, provides both Rent Payment Assistance and Weatherization Programs to those who need help. This is a USDA center that also offers home loans, repairs or moving cost help and other benefits in Collin County. The location is 1404 N McDonald St, McKinney, TX 75071.

Financial help Collin CountyWhite Rock Center of Hope may offer some limited support to Collin County residents. Look into programs for housing needs, such as rent or utilities. Free adult or kid clothing, food, and other aid is offered too. Most of the available funds would come from the federal government FEMA program or location donations. Call 214-324-8996.

  • Emergency rental assistance - Across the county are churches, non-profits and charities that can help families facing eviction or the currently homeless. Examples of resources may include loans for expenses such as rent, they operate shelters, and there are referrals to rapid rehousing and security deposit programs in Collin County.  Based on money provided to charities in Collin County, there may be everything from rehousing to grants for rent arrears. Learn more emergency rent help in Collin County.

Farmersville Ministerial Alliance offers emergency grant funds. There are also vouchers for food, groceries and cash assistance for residents of the Independent School District. In addition, qualified low income residents of Copeville with a Farmersville mailing address may apply for help too. The help is offered from 1st Baptist Church Of Farmersville, 124 S Washington, Farmersville, TX 75442. Call 972-782-8428.

Frisco Family Services Center - This site is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and supportive services to individuals and families in Collin County Texas. Among other services, the agency can provide funds to help with housing needs such as rent or mortgage payments. There are programs to help pay a light or water bill or other utilities.

  • The center has limited support for other needs too. This include free vouchers, including for gas and prescriptions. Any type of support is combined with Adult Education Services for increasing income or finding employment. There are even such activities as selling hair for extra money.
  • Financial help from FFS can also pay for work related supplies such as professional certifications, uniforms, supplies, clothing, and educational scholarships. This can include internet access from the government or a tablet for students or adult workers. Or look here for a free ride to a job interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other programs include a food pantry, a free back to school program and thrift store. Holiday meals and gifts (Christmas and Thanksgiving) can be offered, as well as debt and career counseling services. The address is 9111 Dogwood St Ste. 100, Frisco, TX 75034, call (972)335-9495. Or find additional help from Frisco Family Services.

Collin County Christian Community Action offers many resources across northern Texas. While they do prioritize senior citizens, others can get help too. One partnership is with Women’s Foundation, which helps with transportation. There is also a free food pantry at the charity, medical care from the Adult Health Center, and referrals to emergency financial aid programs. Click here for details on Collin County Christian Community Action Agency.

The Storehouse of Collin County provides may services, with a focus on free stuff such as clothes or furniture. There is also limited utility help, money to pay for lot rent, and other support. A food bank also help feeds homeless people and single moms in Collin County. The charity is at 1401 Mira Vista Blvd, Plano, TX 75093. Phone: (469) 385-1813

Christ Fellowship helps the poor, elderly, and people with limited income or no money. The charity is at 2801 Orchid Dr, McKinney, TX 75072. Immediate financial help for bills, including light, water or electricity is offered. Or get free gas cards, carts for work, and other stuff. Dial (972) 547-7000.

High Pointe Church is at 3201 N Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75071. Programs that help the low-income include grant money, free food, clothes, energy bill help and more. Case management is arranged too. Phone: (214) 544-6565

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church provides emergency utility help to stop a disconnection. PArtial funds are offered from 411 Paula Rd., McKinney, TX 75069. Phone: 214-973-3435.

Community Lifeline Center – Learn about and apply government programs, benefits and get referrals to local charities. Immediate financial assistance for low income families or single moms may be offered for free food, for rent, utilities, or a partial mortgage payment. There are also new or gently used clothing, life and job skills training, and prescription drugs. Location is 1601 N. Waddill St., Ste 102, McKinney, Texas 75069. Call (972)542-0020

Anna Christian Community Outreach – Can offer free food and one time funds up to $300 for electric/utility bills. The funds can pay electric or summer AC bills as well, including for disabled people or seniors. The address is R-9151-000-0010, W 1st St, Anna, TX 75409. Call (214)884-6871

 

 

 

Social services and cash assistance - Collin County Texas does have a social service office that can help people apply for government benefits and public assistance. Food and meals can be provided for the low income, including single parents and children from EBT or WIC applications.

  • Uninsured and low income families can receive information on free or affordable medical care, including Medicaid or CHIP insurance. Even learn how to save money on your prescription medication or get help in paying funeral costs when the family has no cash or savings. Read more on Collin County public assistance.

Christ Cares For Princeton Church Of Christ – This church may have limited financial assistance for bills and expenses, in addition to a food pantry and bargain thrift store. The funds can pay light, water or summer AC costs. The charity is at 301 E Princeton Dr, Princeton, TX 75407. Call (972)734-3355

Summer cooling assistance and fans are available in McKinney Texas. Several non-profits participate in the Beat the Heat program and work with utility companies such as TXU Energy. The air conditioners, fans, and other assistance tends to be offered to seniors, families with young children and/or the disabled in the community. More on McKinney Texas free fans.

Catholic Charities is a regional non-profit that is partly made up on by local churches. While funding is limited, the agency may offer emergency rental, water, gas bill and electric assistance. Another resource is a food pantry that is available to low income families. They also help immigrants and single mothers, or women facing domestic violence, in Collin County. Free meals are served in some cases too. Read more on free lunch near you.

  • A senior center provides Collin County residents aged 60 and older with free meals, education, social services, welfare counseling and referral. Free or income based health and legal clinics are offered too. Other resources include transportation and outreach as well as free Christmas assistance to low income families and children. The two main centers can be reached at 214-376-2560 or 1-866-223-7500. Or find how much cash assistance is available.

Network of Community Ministries Agency (Richardson) is a not for profit that offers families access to the following. A free clothing closet and food pantry are on site. Or look into free bus tickets, gasoline vouchers, and prescriptions.

  • Other aid includes financial assistance with rent, mortgage, water, electric and natural gas bills. Last, but not least, staff can give out referrals for medical and dental services, temporary shelter and hardship grant money in Collin County. The location is 1500 International Pkwy, Richardson, TX 75081. Call 972-234-8880

Society of St. Vincent DePaul mostly helps with rent and utilities, however some other resources may be offered too. One key program is the Thrift Store, which has free furniture, clothing, and similar items. Education and job placement type programs are part of the Collin County Back on Track program, and other social services are provided by the churches. SVDP is McKinney based. Ccall 972-542-7170, or find details on St. Vincent programs in Collin County.

Richardson East Church of Christ is located at  1504 E Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75081. Distributes limited emergency assistance with water, rent, gas and electric. Also a free food pantry is available for selected zip codes. Or get free meals from a soup kitchen, with a limited Meals on Wheels for the homebound. Call 972-231-8231

 

 

 

 

Collin County Veterans Service Office works with neighboring counties too. The location may have grants available to assist Veterans and their families with basic needs. Get help with mortgage, rent, utilities, or medical needs. There are prescriptions, dental services, durable equipment and resources for paying medical bills or getting free care. Call 972-692-4939.

St. Michael church assists Northern Collin County residents. They operate a free food pantry. In addition Elder care, home repairs, and limited financial resources are offered. Location is 411 Paula Rd., McKinney, Texas 75069. Telephone - 214-314-5698

The regional Housing Crisis Center address a number of housing issues. One time financial assistance may be available as well as referrals and case management. Funds, or emergency loans, can be used to pay for rental costs, security deposits or utility bills. They also have information on mortgage relief, free motel voucher programs and HUD services in Collin County. Also get information on shelters and more. Call (214) 828-4244, or look here for online applications for free hotel vouchers.

Interfaith Family Services may assist low-income families, members of minority groups, the homeless with some sort of income and other members of the Collin County community. Resources available include educational guidance, career counseling, literacy enhancement, youth academic skills building, housing and social service. Classes on computer, internet, software and technical skills training are offered too. Other resources include natural gas bill assistance for rent help, and electricity assistance. Call (214) 827-7220

Metrocrest Services covers parts of Collin County in the Carrollton area. Provides electric assistance, food, groceries, and free clothes such as coats, work or school uniforms. There is help for the low income or unemployed in the City of Carrollton Texas. Offers various utility and electric programs, including CEAP Electric Bill Payment Assistance and others. Dial (972) 446-2100.

Debt or mortgage relief programs are offered. ACC non-profit credit counseling is at 1201 W 15th St Suite 220, Plano, TX 75075. The non-profit offers financial classes and debt reduction programs for local families and individuals. They also help low-income homeowners including in Plano and Collin County Texas, including by assisting people with bad credit or low FICO scores. Find details on how to get an emergency loan with bad credit.

  • The consumer credit agency will provide budgeting skills as well as financial education for families with proper tools to budget, save money, reduce their credit card and medical debt and prioritize financial needs. They can help people get back on track with their mortgage payments, and offer struggling homeowners foreclosure prevention advice and tactics. Call (469) 765-3174. Click here to learn more about assistance paying debt.

Where to get free stuff in Collin County for low-income families

Centers for free basic needs, furniture and clothing - Low income families may receive items such as free  furniture, Christmas assistance, school items or work clothing, and household supplies. More moderate income families in Collin County can receive low cost goods. Non-profits, including local churches, offer many of these clothing assistance programs. Other items provided may include appliances, furniture, holiday gifts, and other aid, with a focus on children. Read free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies Collin County.

  • Low-income families on public assistance or that have little money can get help from free government phone programs, including Lifeline. There are free tablets, smartphones, Apple products and more. Find how to get a free iPhone in TX.

Free holiday assistance is provided by charities, the local government, and churches. There are agencies that can provide children with free toys and Christmas gifts, or a struggling family a box of food or Thanksgiving meal. Other Plano Texas agencies deliver Christmas meals to the disabled, elderly, and homebound. Read Collin County free holiday assistance.

 

 

 

Free medical or dental is available. There are many other charities, volunteer doctors or dentists in Collin County and other programs. If the facilities above can’t meet your medical needs, find more Collin County free community clinics.

  • Health care clinics also arrange other support in Collin County. The charities provide patients with low cost or free medical care (in limited cases). Most of the clinics can also refer people to various programs and resources at their disposal. For example, they may be able to advise people on how to negotiate medical bills.

Free food vouchers or assistance in Collin County Texas help feed low-income families, people with no money and the poor. Get food, groceries, holiday meals, or maybe some limited household products or supplies, contact the following. There are charities and churches that have free meal and grocery distribution. Or learn about tips for shopping, such as a store brand vs. name brand price comparison.

  • Individuals and families in the greater Plano Texas area and across Collin County have a number of other churches, charities, and non-profits to call for free groceries, food, and meals. Rarely will anyone be turned away by the centers. Find more free food pantries in Collin County.

 

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