El Paso County Texas public assistance and government benefits.

Health and Human Services in El Paso County Texas partners with the state, federal government, and non-profits in an effort to help families living in poverty or that meet low income guidelines. They provide applications to various public assistance programs such as SNAP food stamps and can help residents enroll into everything from job training to federal government benefits.

The programs will focus on very low income families that have some type of health or safety risk if they do not get help. However others may also qualify from time to time, but note that resources are limited and some programs, such as for child care or housing, will often have waiting lists.

The main cash program in El Paso County is TANF, which is formally known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This will offer short term relief, and is combined with Employment and Training. Clients will be provided help with paying for bills and basic living needs as they transition back to independence.

The public aid from TANF is usually for parents with children, however single adults can call upon  Health and Human Services for referrals to other options. Any type of support will be as a last resort, is limited to a couple years at most, and will require beneficiaries to eventually get off of welfare and other benefits. The grants can be used for housing expenses (such as rent energy bills), job training costs, clothing, and more.

Thousands of families in El Paso are struggling to feed their families on a monthly basis. These residents can turn to hunger prevention programs such as SNAP food stamps, WIC for new mothers and infants, free school lunches, or CSFP, which is for children and seniors. A main goal of any government benefit is to prevent and reverse hunger, and these are some of the main resources available for doing this.

Food stamps is run by the state, but relies on federal government funds. El Paso County social services can provide information on it, and help residents apply. However, what it amounts to is public assistance that can be provided to help pay for groceries. It aso provides educational support to families so they can live healthy lives, and it will help ensure families and children do not go hungry.

For more information on these, call the county or the state at 877-541-7905. Staff can provide information on other resources that may be available as well, including even referrals to local pantries.




With the under and even uninsured rates still very high across El Paso County, there are a number of health care resources available. Texas provides Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) for low to moderate income children under the age of 19. There is also Medicaid as well as Medicare for seniors, and in some towns transportation can be arranged for an appointment. In any case, people of all income levels and background can be provided some form of access to public aid or affordable medical and dental care.

Social Services in El Paso County will also have information on local community clinics. Some of these also rely on government grants and public funds to operate, and they offer people everything from medications to immunizations. Some of the centers will even offer free dental care to residents.

Applicants to any benefit above will need to agree to participate in various form of job training and placement. This is required in El Paso County, and across the state of Texas. Some of the tools used to accomplish this goal include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training program s well as access to Workforce Centers.

As part of this process, the client will be partnered with a specialist who will review their approach to their job search. The individual will be provided with advice and tools to help them in their quest for employment, and this may also include access to computer labs or the free use of computers. The bottom line is that Human Services will require any recipient of public aid to be working aggressively towards ending the cycle of poverty.

For more information on these benefits, or other options, dial 877-541-7905. There are many other programs available for the working poor, and those are just some examples.




By Jon McNamara

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