Dallas County assistance programs.
Find help with bills, health care, rent, and other aid
The goal of the Urban Community Center Of North Texas (formerly known as Urban League of Greater Dallas) is to help families and individuals with short term assistance with bills and expenses, and also provide resources and program to ensure people become self sufficient. They operate several offices throughout Dallas County, including in Irving, Garland, Pleasant Grove, Oak Cliff and other neighborhood locations. They have several programs and resources they offer people, and some of them are below.
Employment and job finding
The Urban League offers services to individuals that provide them with job placement, job readiness, training, and career development workshops. They offer monthly recruitment by working closely with area employers who partner with the League.
Housing and rent assistance
Another program for low and moderate income families and individuals made available to them by the Urban League is housing help. Included are the following programs:
- Foreclosure Prevention, Counseling and Mitigation
- Emergency assistance with paying monthly rent, utility payments, and even mortgage payments. Short term grants to be used for rent payments, security deposits, and rent arreage can be provided.
- First-time home buyers workshop
- Down payment assistance is offered to potential homeowners through the individual Development Accounts (IDA)
- Find additional ways to get mortgage assistance. Click here.
Budgeting and credit help
To become self sufficient over the long term, it is important for people to get out of debt and improve their credit. So to help in that capacity, the Urban League can provide the following. Mortgage counseling, money management and budgeting, credit repair, credit card debt help.
Social support services
All offered by the Urban League include.
- Employment, GED and other support services to hurricane evacuees
- Tax Preparation Assistance
- Support services to Grandparents and Seniors Resource Group
- “Back on Your Feet” Entrepreneurial Program
- Holiday, food and toy assistance
Case management and Housing services are offered to homeless veterans
- Benefits and checkups to seniors
- Home Equity Conversion Mortgages
- Job placement assistance and employment training
- Technology training
- Referrals to public aid, including free child care vouchers, section 8, and more.
They can help people through the process of applying for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (LIHEAP). This program help people pay for energy bills, including summer cooling bills. There is also an emergency crisis component that will help people and provide them grants if they are facing a service shot off.
Other assistance programs
Some of the other aid from the Urban League of Dallas includes food and gasoline vouchers for free gasoline, toys and gift vouchers, tax preparation through the VITA program, and utility bill payments.
Contact the Urban Community Center Of North Texas at 4315 S. Lancaster Rd. Dallas, Texas (469) 913-8202. They can also refer you to their local offices in Pleasant Grove, Garland, and Irving.
Dallas County Texas assistance programs that also cover the state
Residents of the county have access to various other services and resources that not only cover the Dallas area but also all of Texas.
Help with bills and expenses
A local charity that offers numerous services and resources to qualified families is the Dallas Texas area Catholic Charities (214-389-1340). Some of the resources they offer include food aid, a thrift store, and even free tax assistance and preparation. The non-profit has several offices around the region.
Irving Cares is another non-profit charity organization that offers financial assistance. The organization has access to funding and grants to assist Dallas area and Irving residents experiencing a temporary financial crisis or hardship. Clients of the area who need help with paying their rent, mortgage, or utility bill payments must pre-qualify by phoning (972) 721-9181. In addition, they also have a food pantry on site, and also have counselors who provide jobs finding tips and advice.
Lancaster Outreach Center also offers grants for paying rent, utility bills, medical expenses, prescription drugs, and more. They also offer home repairs, gasoline vouchers, foreclosure programs, and other services. Call the agency at 972-227-0138. Find additional ways to get help with electric bills.
The Bethlehem Foundation (phone (214) 371-3407) provides financial assistance and support is given to low-income families only. They can also help with an eviction or utility service disconnection. They may also be able to offer prescription medication assistance.
If you have children, and at least one family member is working or is employable, you may be eligible for aid from Interfaith Housing Coalition. The non-profit provides 4-6 months of family mentoring and advice, and the counseling is included with limited Rent Payment Assistance as well as gas and Electric Bill Payment Assistance. Call the Dallas agency at (214) 827-7337.
An emergency referral line has been set up in the community. This service will provide callers free information on where to seek help. Whether they need information on grant programs, child care vouchers, food, housing, or more, the service has details on many resources in Dallas County. The previous list is just an example of what information may be provided on. More information.
The northern part of Dallas County is served by North Dallas Shared Ministries. They offer a multitude of assistance programs, including providing Bus Fare, Discounted Clothing, and access to groceries and a food pantry. In addition, qualified individuals may be able to receive Utility and Gas Bill Payment Assistance. They even offer some medical programs, such as glasses, contacts, medical exams, eye exams, and prescription medications. Dial (972) 620-8696.
West Dallas Multipurpose Center provides utility bills help (electric, water, cooling), a food pantry, rent aid, and other financial assistance. Also access a holiday assistance program, and some health screening programs. (214) 670-6530
White Rock Center of Hope provides bus fares, food pantry, rent help for people with an eviction, and funds for paying utility bills. Other support includes a thrift store with furniture or Christmas items and season assistance. The non-profit only services a limited number of zip codes. Call (214) 324-8996, or more White Rock Center of Hope.
MLK serves families that live in a zip code that starts with 752. The Helpline can be reached at 214-670-8416, and they may have grants for TXU bills or vouchers to buy food. Referrals may also be given from the helpline to rent, water bill, and other financial aid programs.
Dallas Housing Authority - This government agency offers several state and federal government sponsored emergency rent and housing programs. Not only can they provide emergency grants, but they also ensure longer term self-sufficiency. Get more information on Dallas housing assistance.
Movement Ministries helps with utility bills. The agency covers Desoto, Red Oak, Waxahachie, Lancaster, Glenn Heights, Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, and other nearby regions. They offer information on energy saving tips, help clients enter into payment plans, and apply for utility assistance from TXU, Direct, Gexa and others. Applicants need to be low income, be on SSDI, section 9 housing, or SSI. Call 260-693-7283.
Emanuel Community Center Inc. of Dallas Texas provides social services to those who need help.
Irving Community Service Center - For people with an eviction or utility disconnection notice, the organization provides limited financial assistance and grants to help with rent, mortgage, water, gas and electric bill assistance. (972) 251-4054. Also read about utility disconnection laws for Texas. More.
Salvation Army Of Irving - Programs include a free food and grocery pantry. In addition, the charity agency provides emergency financial assistance with paying for gas, water and electric bills. Must live in zip codes 75038, 75039, 75060, 75061, 75062 and 75063. Call (972) 721-9503
The Salvation Army also has several other centers around Dallas County. Family services, case management, and other social services are administered. Some funds may be offered to help pay the bills, but more importantly they are a great place to turn to for longer term self-sufficiency. Click here for more details.
Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas has some resources for the general population. A key focus is on job and employment assistance. The non-profit also has some limited emergency financial assistance for bills. Other assistance includes the Family Service Food Pantry, assistance for the disabled and elderly, and free use of a Job Search Resource Center. More on Dallas Jewish Family Services assistance programs.
Housing and Human Services Department, phone (972) 721-4800, runs the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program. This is a federal government funded emergency rent program that can provide grants to prevent an eviction, help the homeless get into a new home, and pay for such expenses as security and utility deposits. The phone number is (972) 721-4800.
Child Care - Low income families who are in job training classes or who are currently working may qualify for help in paying child care expenses. There are some program limitations, but every year thousands of Dallas families can receive financial support. Read more Dallas Child care assistance.
Several different Catholic Charities operate around Dallas County Texas. They include those below. The services provided range widely, and can include one or more of the following. Many locations also have on site a free food pantry that is made available to low income families. Another service offered may be a neighborhood center that can provide senior citizens aged 60 and above daily noon meals, social services, recreation, education, nutrition, welfare counseling and information and referral to state and federal government programs, as well as nurse-managed health maintenance clinics.
- Brady Social Service Center, 4009 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226, (214)826-8330
- Cross Family Center, 4906 Bonnie View, Dallas, TX 75241(214)376-2560
- Marillac Social Center Catholic, 2827 Lapsley Street, Dallas, Texas 75212 (214)638-4997
Basic needs, including clothing - Churches, non-profits, and charities provide other forms of assistance to the needy. This includes clothing, back to school supplies, furniture, Christmas gifts, personal hygiene items, and household goods. While not as common, some of these organizations may have funds for emergency bills, such as money to prevent a disconnection. Continue.
Cash loans for everyone from low income families to more moderate income Dallas families can be used for paying bills. The interest rates vary as well terms and conditions. Private sector lenders (including payday loan companies) and charities may all offer funds in a crisis. More on Dallas County emergency loans.
Dallas County Volunteers of America focuses on the less fortunate and low income. The non-profit offers housing solutions and other resources. A focus is on seniors, the disabled, and families with young children, however others in Texas can get assistance as well, including ex-prisoners. Read more.
Dallas County Department of Health & Human Services runs welfare and social service programs. Call the office for information on and access to financial assistance and casework for individuals and families who have health problems which prevent gainful employment and who meet other low income eligibility requirements. In addition, a limited amount of emergency assistance funds are available as well as food vouchers for the medically indigent. Address - 2377 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 201, Dallas, Texas 75207, Telephone - (214)819-1800
Assistance at Thanksgiving and Christmas - Families that are struggling to buy gifts or food for their children can get free meals, small toys and other gifts. Senior citizens are also a focus of the free Christmas programs in the area. More Dallas holiday programs.
GRACE, or Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange, may offer low income families some or all of the following. Utility assistance, including gas, free fans, electric, and water bills. Food and clothing as well as holiday food baskets, Christmas toys, and school supplies may be distributed. Emergency rental help and gasoline vouchers may also be provided. 610 Shady Brook Dr, Grapevine, Texas 76051. Call 817-488-7009
Housing Crisis Center - Various solutions are offered, including for veterans, families facing imminent eviction, as well as the homeless. Thousands of Dallas County individuals, seniors, and families are assisted every year from the programs administered.
- Eviction prevention – Free legal aid and representation from local law firms. This can include attorneys who can contest illegal eviction notices.
- Low income housing – Everything from shelters to transitional and permanent placement into a low income apartment is coordinated.
- Financial aid – This is mostly from referrals. HCC can provide assistance, including information on grants, for the payment of security deposits, first months rent, or other needs.
- Much more is available from the agency. Continue with housing programs from Dallas crisis center.
Dallas County Veterans Service Office can help veterans and their immediate family members. Apply for rent help, mortgage, utilities, medical bills and prescriptions. Some programs are for the disabled too. Or learn about federal government resources for veterans. 972-692-4939
Both the city of Dallas as well as County is supported by dozens of local churches. They help Baptists, Catholics, Jewish, and others, no matter their religion. Assistance is also for non-English speakers and/or immigrants. Financial aid and material goods may be available, and find help from Dallas County churches.
North Ellis County Outreach is for residents of Red Oak, Ferris, and Glenn Heights. Look into assistance including food, medications, rent, and utilities. Other programs include home repairs, Christmas Toy Program, and back to school supplies. Telephone number is 972-617-7261.
COIN helps work ready veterans in Dallas County only. Financial aid, one time payments for auto loans, free work clothing and boots, and other support is given. Veterans can dial 817-569-9008. There may also be government grants to pay for energy bills, rent, and other needs, even including property taxes.
Metrocrest Social Services also help people apply for public assistance. Resources available include free back to school supplies, uniforms and shoes and holiday assistance. Monetary aid is for transportation (gasoline and puss passes) and housing costs (rent and utility bills).
They also partner with groups, such as Jewish Services, to help people find a new or better paying job. Another key service is their Medical loan equipment program for seniors and the disabled. Address is 13801 Hutton Dr., Farmers Branch, TX 75234. 972-446-2100, or find Metrocrest Services assistance programs.
Duncanville Outreach Ministry - Provide assistance with various bills and expenses for items such as food, clothing, electricity, natural gas, water bills, monthly rent, prescription medication, and school supplies. 202 Cherry Street, Duncanville, TX 75116, Phone number - (972)296-4986
Agency on Aging Center in Dallas - The center helps senior citizens, their spouses, and individuals that are caring for them. Some of the services include the following, or find more details on the Dallas County Agency on Aging.
- Free or low cost minor home repairs for safety needs.
- Local transportation to the store or doctor appointments.
- Help in applying for benefits such as Medicare, hearing aid programs, housing, Meals on Wheels, and other voucher programs or social services.
- Personal care and chore services for cleaning, food preparation, and more.
Operating Agency: Interfaith Housing Coalition runs a service known as EQUIP Homeless Prevention Ministry, which can offer transitional housing for families. In addition, meet with a counselor for case management, budgeting assistance , employment assistance, and housing counseling. Location 5600 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75206, call (214)827-7220.
Grand Prairie United Charities – A food pantry is on site, as well as limited financial assistance. Most importantly they offer information and referral for residents of Grand Prairie. Center is located at 1417 Densman Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75051.
St. Vincent de Paul at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Grand Prairie – Get assistance with utility bills and food. 2901 Corn Valley Rd., Grand Prairie, Texas 75052, dial (972)237-6755. The location also provides assistance with utility bills and free food and groceries too.
Several other Society of Saint Vincent churches and charities operate in Dallas. They provide free food, clothing, thrift stores, and more. Click more Dallas St. Vincent.
Mesquite Social Services – Residents of Mesquite, Balch Springs, and Sunnyvale Texas can access a free food pantry which is made available. In addition, free information and referral service for all callers is offered. Financial aid is offered on a limited emergency basis too. 1035 Military Parkway, Mesquite, Texas 75149, Call (972)285-3000.
Crisis assistance and government aid - The County offers residents access to a number of financial assistance and social service type programs. Families with children, seniors, and disabled can apply for government assistance. Resources include electric bill help, foreclosure counseling, housing, rental assistance, and other services. More on Dallas public assistance.
Manna House – Programs provide clothing, free food, and limited financial assistance for paying rent, utilities, and medical bills. Also look into gas for travel to work. Other basic needs include furniture, household items, back-to-school project, Thanksgiving and Christmas project, and educational classes. Dial 972-775-1800
Salvation Army Corps of Garland Texas runs a food pantry and may be able to assist with TXU electric as well as Garland Power & Light Electric bills. Social workers will support families and provide guidance and information as well. 972-272-4531
Friendship House / First Baptist Church operates a food pantry and clothing is also available. Some electric bill help may be provided. Call 972-272-1010 for intake.
Christian Community Action offers job search, career training and placement in Dallas County. Financial assistance may be paid out for electric, water, and gas bills. Partial rent and mortgage payments may be made as well. Other resources include transportation, clothing, a food pantry and minor medical bill assistance. 200 South Mill Street, Lewisville, TX 75057. Dial 972-219-4357, or find more details on Christian Community Action programs in Dallas.
Information and referrals are available from a crisis line. No matter what the need is, whether it is information on Medicaid, affordable housing or food, the service can provide intake and referrals. Callers can get linkage to both non-profits and county run benefits. Learn more.
Community Centers partner with the City of Dallas Human Services Division. The locations may have money for utilities and also may distribute food vouchers. Apply for other government assistance such as welfare or food stamps.
The locations administer a wide variety of other emergency programs as well, such as funds for paying rent, free eyeglasses and prescription medications, or Christmas gifts and meals. The centers also coordinate job fairs for the unemployed and offer referrals. The locations are Martin Luther King Jr. (214-670-8418 as well as Community Center of West Dallas (214-670-6530). Continue with emergency assistance from community centers in Dallas.
Water bills in Grand Prairie region - Low income customers with a serious need for help may be able to get assistance from United Charities, which is based in the city of Grand Prairie. They run a small fund that relies on donations and the money may be offered to struggling customers, seniors, or the disabled for paying their water costs. Find more details.
Sharing Life Community Outreach offers free food, household items, clothing, limited financial assistance. Other assistance includes durable medical equipment, computer lab, medicaid and CHIP, and on-site food stamp applications. In addition caseworkers can provide other source of advice and support. Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as back to school programs are offered too. The main office is at 3544 E. Emporium Cir., Mesquite, Texas 75150, dial 972-285-5819.
Community action agency - Low income residents, the unemployed and those that are struggling can get help from the Dallas Urban League. They serve as the northern Texas regions non-profit community action agency. Numerous assistance programs and resources are available, some of which are indicated at the top of this page. However dozens of other services are available as well. Learn more.
Network of Community Ministries- Richardson Network – The non-profit agency can provide the low income and needy with access to a food pantry, prescription medications, and free clothing. Other programs offer bus tickets, gasoline, and financial assistance with paying for mortgage, rent, water, electric and gas bills for selected zip codes. Meet with a counselor for referrals for counseling, medical clinics and dental services, temporary shelter and more aid. 741 S. Sherman Street, Richardson, TX 75081, Phone number - (972)234-8880, or find how to get financial assistance from Network of Community Ministries.
Richardson East Church of Christ – Only local zip codes are supported. Call to apply for limited emergency assistance with utilities (water, electric and gas), rent, and food pantry available for selected zip codes. 1504 E. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75081, (972)231-8231
West Dallas Multipurpose Center – Call for information and applications on groceries, meals, money for energy bills, and food. 2828 Fish Trap Road, Dallas, Texas 75212, Phone (214)670-6530
Christ Cares For Princeton, the Church Of Christ only supports the nearby area. Gasoline, vouchers for prescription medications, meals, and food are available. Some more basic needs, including rent and security deposit assistance, may be offered too. Location is 301 East Princeton Drive, Princeton, Texas 75407. Main Phone 972-734-3355.
Veterans Service Office, Dallas County can help clients explore government benefits, public aid, and the Department of Veterans Affairs assistance programs. Some of the resources available may be pension, hospitalization, job search assistance, burial benefits, help in filing life insurance claims, state Veterans Land Board loans, and referrals to other Dallas Texas agencies. 214-819-1885
HUD - Dallas Housing Authority runs the low income, section 8 housing choice voucher program. This is for very low income families, and there is usually a waiting list. There may also be loans issued to help pay for a portion of rent. Other similar HUD programs can help senior citizens and the disabled with their rental expenses. 801 Cherry ST, Dallas, TX 75202-5032. Main number is 817-978-5600.
Federally funded programs address challenges faced by tenants as well as the homeless. Money may be provided to pay rental arrears to keep a family housed and other living expenses. Non-profits in the county are allocated funds every year in an effort to stop or limit homelessness from occurring. Read Dallas County eviction and rehousing.
Assistance for the disabled can be provided by the Dallas County AAA. Referrals, home care, information on financial assistance and other resources are available. Both the individual with the disability as well as their caretaker can look into help. Call 800-548-1873, or click here.
Housing, shelter, and low income units can help families and individuals in Dallas that were evicted or who are homeless. Several organizations provide access to transitional and low income housing. This can include apartments, temporary homes, and more. Also work with a case manager to find a long term solution and explore financial assistance programs for paying rent, moving costs, and deposits. Read Dallas low income housing units.
Plumbing repairs and water bills - The main water company in the Dallas County region offers qualified customers payment plans on their bills and provides repairs to their plumbing systems. Income qualifications need to be met by applicants. Read more on the Dallas water bill assistance programs and services.
Tens of thousands of Dallas residents face eviction every year. The need for rent assistance is one of the most requested services in the area. Find an extensive listing of rent assistance and eviction prevention programs. Click here.
Food assistance and possibly limited financial assistance programs
Some places that distribute food, and some of which may have very limited financial assistance, include.
Cedar Hill Food Pantry-Sharing The Bread - They have an on site food pantry, and may from time to time have funds for electric bill payment assistance. Dial (972) 293-2822.
Goodness And Grace Food Pantry - This facility only has food aid. They can provides emergency food and rations assistance to low income individuals and/or families in the Dallas community. (972) 293-3700
Crossover Ministry ((214) 521-9944), Fair Park Friendship Center ((214) 826-0018), and Greater Zion Outreach Ministries ((214) 358-2992) are among the churches and charities that only offer food.
More non-profit food banks and distribution centers can help families across Dallas County. Read more on the programs and find their locations.
Dallas Texas legal aid
Legal Action Works is an organization that provides free and/or low-cost legal care and advice to the working poor, unemployed, and other qualified individuals. Many of the clients of the attorneys from this organization are low-income people facing evictions, unemployed, victims of domestic violence and others who could not otherwise find legal aid. Click here to learn more on Texas legal assistance, or dial (214) 823-8710.
Several of the leading Dallas County health care centers are listed below. However there are dozens of other clinics that may provide free or low cost medical care to children, low income, people with no or limited health insurance, and others. More on Dallas clinics.
A health clinic that serves people who can’t afford to pay doctor bills was created by Central Dallas Ministries. Over 20,000 people use the clinic each year, and it offers primary health care and medical services; prescription medications, pediatrics, pastoral counseling, social work. They also have a Class D pharmacy medical, pediatric, well woman and diabetes services available to uninsured patients. 214-823-8710
Community Dental Care (214-630-7080) offers free dental cleanings and care for children and other low income adults and qualified families.
Some of the other clinics in the area that may be able to provide reduced priced health and dental care include Metrocrest Family Medical Clinic ((972) 484-8444) and Corsicana Health Services (phone (903) 872-5625)
Children may be eligible for health care at City of Dallas Public Health Division. Dial (214) 670-0505. This is a non-profit Community Clinics for low to moderate income children and infants in the City of Dallas.
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic - Offers medical care, with priority given to West Dallas residents. Call (214) 651-8739
Find addition medical care programs, which can also help Dallas Texas families.
Debt and credit counseling, as well as mortgage and foreclosure help in Dallas
Call Consumer Credit Counseling Service Of North Central Texas, Inc. at (940) 382-0331. They offer information on foreclosure prevention and ways to get help with mortgage payments. Work with a HUD approved housing counselor to explore your options. In addition, they can help people deal with unpaid bills and debts, provide bankruptcy advice, and other forms of budgeting and financial advice. Dallas Texas based agency.
There are several branches of both Consumer Credit Counseling Service and other non-profit debt and credit counseling agencies that operate across Dallas Texas. Thousands of individuals and homeowners receive debt and mortgage counseling from the organizations every year. Find more Dallas credit counseling locations.
Non-profits and Fannie Mae are providing Dallas area homeowners access to a wide variety of foreclosure prevention programs and resources. Most of the aid is offered at no-cost to struggling homeowners. Contact the agencies early in the process to learn how they can help. Read more.
Programs for low income children
The federal government funded Head Start as well as Early Head Start programs were created to help low income children, as well as their parents, access a wide variety of resources and services that can help them during difficult periods. Assistance provided can help children with educational needs, health and dental care, and more. Parents can turn to job finding services, employment counseling, and more. Read Dallas Head Start programs.
City of Dallas
If you live in the city, click here to find how to get help and access services and resources specifically for the city of Dallas.