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Assistance programs Denton County.

Find agencies that can provide financial assistance to low to moderate income families in Denton, Lewisville and the county. Get information on rent assistance programs, how to find help paying utility and air conditioning bills, free counseling that can help people reduce credit card or medical debts, and much more. There are charities, churches, and government assistance programs in Denton County for struggling families.

Thousands of local Denton County families need grant money or free stuff from time to time if/when they hit a financial hardship. There are places to turn to for help. There are even basic needs such as free back to school items or supplies, rent subsidies from HUD section 8 housing, and even free furniture or Christmas presents for kids.

Denton County emergency financial assistance programs

One local non-profit agency to turn to is Interfaith Ministries. This charity organization provides assistance with paying utilities, prescriptions or medical supplies, and transportation. It also offers and coordinates adult and child eye exams and eye glasses, offers school supplies for children and assistance with obtaining vital records.

The Denton Texas based nonprofit primary function is to provide a variety of emergency assistance programs that can help individuals who are facing a crisis. It will help these people by paying their bills, rent, and/or housing expenses. The number one goal of the agency is to enable clients to regain their financial stability and independence over the long term.

Interfaith Ministries is a non-profit agency that is partly funded by the United Way of Denton County, and its services offered are not unique as you will read below. Since funding is limited, there may be instances in which the charity will issue a loan to the client for their bills or paying a portion of back rent that is due.

One of the keys to getting aid is that people who need help should not wait to call and ask. The sonner seeking financial help or support from Interfath (or any agency) the better.

As an example, someone in need of support should call and request assistance or money as soon as they know their electricity is going to be cut off, rather than waiting until the last minute. Or call way before they face an eviction. Funding is limited, so call early. (940) 565-5479. Or find more details on Interfaith Ministries assistance programs.




The Denton County Texas branch of the Salvation Army ((940) 566-3800) provides a multitude of social services. Low income families may receive free emergency lodging and meals, weekly personal development programs, seasonal local services and programs, and disaster response programs. Seasonal aid in Denton includes free backpacks or supplies for school as well as Christmas toys or holiday meals from Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family. There may also be emergency financial help for paying rent, water bills, or even work costs (gasoline or clothes). Click more information Salvation Army assistance programs in Denton County.

Another organization to turn to for emergency aid is the American Red Cross, Denton Chapter. The American Red Cross provides clients assistance cards for emergency food and clothing to clients that were involved in a disaster, additional assistance and funds for such expenses and needs as eye glasses and prescription drugs, and they also offer vouchers that can be used to pay for emergency housing.

Christian Community Action - This organization offers numerous services for health and medical care, funds for paying bills and housing expenses, and other aid. Assistance programs offered include Electric, Gas, and Water Bill Payment Assistance, Food Pantries, Rent Payment Assistance, Thrift Store, Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs, and a Community Health Care Clinic. Learn more on prescription drug programs, including such options as NeedyMeds. Denton Texas. (800) 749-3595, or more Christian Community Action assistance programs.

Northwest Christian Community Services – This not for profit offers free food, some utility assistance, commodities, new or used clothing, and household items. Program services also include the Northwest Independent School District. Literacy classes and other educational services upon request. 108 Pecan Street, Roanoke, Texas 76262. Phone (817) 491-4451.

Community Services Inc. provides referrals and resources such as weatherization, transportation for seniors, and information on government benefits. Income qualified clients can receive assistance from grants for paying utility bills as part of CEAP, job placement services, linkage to programs to help pay rental deposits, and much more.

A major focus of Community Services is on job programs. They have referrals to jobs for people with GEDs or limited experience as well as career training. There are also employment supplies, such as free professional attire, gas vouchers or bus passes and other items.

They are the regional community action agency for Denton and nearby counties. Various resources are available, with a focus on helping people overcome poverty. Read more Community Services programs.





Pilot Point Goodfellows will provide needy people with assistance with paying for their food, clothing, prescriptions and utility bills. Call (940) 686-3014.

Denton Catholic Charities - The organizations covers almost 30 counties in the region, including Denton. A wide range of services and assistance programs are offered to low families, seniors, and others. Some limited financial assistance can help pay rent, electric, and cooling bills. Other resources focus on improving an individuals credit, reducing debt, and ensuring people gain the financial education they need. Other resources can help people find a job, apply for government aid, help senior citizens, and prevent homelessness. Click here Fort Worth and Deton Catholic Charities.

Metro Relief-DFW is located at 5201 S. Colony Blvd #545 and 650 in The Colony, Texas 75056. Assistance available includes groceries, clothing, job skills, and recovery resources. The agency will help the homeless, addicted, and qualified low income families.

Homeless prevention and rapid rehousing is available from local non-profits and charities. A coalition has been created among organizations such as Christian Community Action, the Salvation Army, and Interfaith among others.

  • Grants for paying arrears on rent, water bills and more.
  • Free legal aid and mediation in Denton County.
  • Short term housing, shelter, and free motel vouchers.
  • Other support is provided too. More Denton County eviction and rehousing.

Department of Human Services supports those facing poverty and the working poor in the county. Most of what they provide is applications to, and information on public aid such as cash grants from TANF, food stamps applications, SSI disability and Medicaid. They also have information on low income, section 8 homes and apartments. More on rent subsidies from section 8 housing.

The organization also partners with the Homeless Coalition to help stop evictions and even coordinates the payment for one time rent, utility, or security deposit help too.  More on public assistance in Denton County.

Denton County elderly, disabled, and seniors can get phone bill help. There is LifeLine, Link Up, and free cell phones too. There may also be:

Solutions of North Texas offers transitional housing and other social services. This includes activities such as employment counseling, job and life skills training, mentoring, and information on more permanent housing. When the time is right, get details on security deposit and rent assistance. 1522 N. Rudell St., Denton, TX 76201. Call 940-898-6202.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul operates in Denton County and surrounding counties. They offer several social services and financial aid programs. They include, but are not limited too, the following:

  • Medical and Pharmacy help, including vouchers for medications, prescription drugs and more.
  • Financial aid for rent, bills, mortgages, transportation and more.
  • A low cost thrift store.
  • Microloans are offered from SVDP to pay off other debt or high cost loans.
  • Other help may be offered as well depending on resources and client needs. More on Denton County SVDP.

Denton County charity groups help residents of all backgrounds, income, and races. There is support for immigrants, Spanish speakers, and the underemployed. Everything from food to gasoline vouchers, shelter, and one time financial aid may be provided. Volunteers also provide other social services. Locate financial help from charities.





Texas HHSC-SNAP is the government organization that processes SNAP food stamp applications. It can help the poor and low income buy their groceries and pay for the healthy meals they need. 3612 East McKinney St, Denton, Texas 76209. Dial 800-448-3927.

Frisco Family Services Center provides supportive services to families and individuals. Provide emergency financial assistance with paying mortgage or rent, utilities, prescriptions, and gasoline vouchers. Financial assistance can also pay for certifications, professional licenses, uniforms, scholarships, and work-related supplies.

Life skills classes and workshops are offered which include interviewing, budgeting, resume writing, parenting, goal-setting, health education, and nutrition. Other resources include a food pantry, clothing closet, and furniture. Special programs such as a Thanksgiving program, back to school fairs, and a holiday gift program. Address is 8780 Third Street, Frisco, TX 75034, dial 972-335-9495.

Charities and donation programs provide free toys, meals, and gifts during the holidays. When applying for assistance at Christmas, contact a charity early. The gifts and food boxes are under high demand, and they go quickly in Denton County. What may be offered is a Thanksgiving turkey, clothing, toys, and other support. More on Denton County free holiday assistance.

Giving HOPE - A focus is on housing, counseling, and self-sufficiency. The Denton County, faith based agency may have some of the following services, depending on funding and other conditions.

  • Financial aid and guidance - The 30-90 day service can provide clients with both emergency funds for paying rent on a new home or apartment as well as budgeting plans and financial literacy.
  • Transitional and permanent housing - Get referrals to both short and long term housing as well as intervention services.
  • Deposits programs - For qualified residents, Giving Hope may be able to help them, using grants, with paying a utility or rental deposit.

Other support is extensive, with the goal of helping prevent future homelessness and ensuring the family is stable and independent. More on financial resources from Giving Hope.

If you need emergency help to pay rent in the Denton County area, get details on a number of housing agencies or charities. They may also offer assistance with security deposits or access to low income apartments. Locate Denton rental assistance programs.

Health care for children

Low income families, unemployed, and others who can’t afford to pay for their medical bills can get free child care from PediPlace. This non-profit organization provides free or low priced, high quality health care to people who can’t afford it, or those with no or limited health insurance. They operate a not-for profit clinic that uses the services of highly trained medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and others. The clinic can be reached at 972-436-7962.

The state of Texas also gives low cost or free insurance for kids under the age of 20 and younger. This is part of CHIP health care. The program is federal government funded and covers medical, vision and dental bills among other costs.

Free health care from community clinics

Denton Texas is served by Primary Care Clinic of North Texas. Call them at (972) 221-6005 to learn about the programs and information they offer.

While that may be one of the primary clinics in the region, the low income and people without insurance do have several other facilities and health care centers they can call. In total about ten other locations exist. Find more Denton County free clinics.







Debt, budget, financial and foreclosure counseling programs in Denton Texas

The local community is served by Consumer Credit Counseling Service Of North Central Texas, Inc. Call them at (800) 856-0257. This non-profit agency has HUD approved foreclosure counselors on staff to help people deal with mortgage issues. If you are struggling with credit card or medical debts, then a credit counselor can advise you on debt reduction and management plans.

In addition to the assistance programs mentioned above, Interfaith also offers informal budget and money counseling, foreclosure prevention, debt assistance programs, and can even help people with credit card and medical debt. Click here to find other ways to get debt help.

The agency hopes these programs will be offered more regularly in the future for those seeking aid, as currently this service is provided on a limited basis. The organization believes it is important to give clients and struggling individuals other options because, while monetary contributions are in short supply, alternate resources have become common. And it is very important to ensure people have the tools and education they need for longer term success.

The organization HOPE, Inc. ((940) 382-0609) provides a wide variety of services, including transitional housing and life skill assistance. They have counselors who offer a case management type approach. Some of the other resources they offer include financial assistance and grants to help with paying rent or mortgage for up to one month, life skills and budget assistance, money for paying electric bills, community referral, debt counseling, foreclosure, and housing counseling for those facing eviction or foreclosure from their home or apartment. Find additional programs that provide rent help.

Emergency free food or grocery programs

Community Food Center, Inc. - This non-profit provides staple food and grocery supplies in emergency situations to individuals and families by local churches, charities, social service agencies, government agencies or self. (940) 382-0807

Denton Community Food Center, Inc. - (940) 382-0807

Singing Oaks Church Of Christ Benevolence Ministry - (940) 387-4355

Find additional free food banks in Denton County. Several other churches, charities, and other agencies can offer help in the form of groceries, free food, and other aid to those who need assistance. They can also help very low income families apply for SNAP food stamps, or go over other resources for residents living in poverty.

By Jon McNamara


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