El Paso Texas emergency assistance.

One of the main organizations to call for assistance in El Paso Texas is Family and Community Services. They run a General Assistance program that can help families that are faced with a crisis. The organization helps people access and use various public assistance and social service programs. Resources can help pay for basic needs in an emergency, such as utilities, rent, medicines, and food. Family and Community Services wants to ensure that all El Paso individuals are able to reach their potential and get the support they need.

General Assistance is really an emergency financial aid program for paying bills, housing costs, and other living expenses. Various conditions apply, but the service is really intended to help families that are faced with a crisis. Some of the needs it can help meet include below.

  • Provides emergency utility and electric bill assistance. There may also be funds for water bills to stop a disconnection.
  • El Paso General Assistance can help pay the rent or mortgage payments for residents faced with a crisis.
  • If you need food or groceries, the program offers vouchers, meals and can help meet other critical needs when families encounter a loss of income and need food.
  • Funeral and burial costs can be paid for. The county provides lower income residents with a dignified disposition of remains through the County's pauper burial and funeral assistance program.

El Paso Family and Community Services can help Texas residents obtain a healthy and safe quality of life that enables people to both thrive in the short term and to also reach their potential through the effective and efficient use of social service programs as well as county community resources. The Family and Community Services really helps people find the support they need. Staff will then help them apply and can advise residents on options available to them. Just a sampling of the Family and Community Service Programs offered to qualified families includes.

  • Veterans Services – Military members, veterans, and their immediate family members are covered.
  • Child Welfare Board - Social services for less fortunate teenagers and children.
  • El Paso City-County Nutrition – Learn about food pantries, meals, government surplus food, and baby meals and formula.
  • General Assistance – Funds for those faced with an emergency. See above.





Nutrition Program Centers are offered for the elderly. The primary service is a senior citizen nutrition program providing a 1/3 Required Dietary Allowance noon time meal to seniors 60 years of age or older. There are a total of 21 sites that serve meals throughout El Paso County Texas.

There is also assistance for the homebound, whether they are elderly, disabled, or somehow shut in. In addition to the centers that people can stop by, home delivered meals are also served to over 1,000 homebound handicapped individuals or frail elderly each month.

Rent Payment and Housing Assistance is also offered by Family and Community Services as well. In most cases a grant is used for these expenses. The organization can offer apartments available at reduced rent amounts and help with home repairs as needed. To learn more, dial 512-475-3800

Weatherization and Utility Bill Payment is administered too. Call 512-475-3951. If you dial for help, callers with a land line will be automatically connected with the service provider in their area, and they can learn more about programs that serve El Paso residents. Weatherization can be facilitated too. This includes minor home repairs as well as the installation of energy conservation material. Everything is intended to make a home more energy efficient and help people save money on their utility bills.

Homebuyer Assistance can include closing cost, down payment assistance and/or low interest rate mortgage loans. Homebuying programs are offered to qualifying households and first time buyers who have not owned a home in the previous three years. This can lead to an increase of ownership rates in El Paso County.

Additional examples of support includes state of Texas and federal government tax credits against the annual interest paid on a mortgage loan to both qualifying first time homebuyers as well as households who have not owned a home in the previous three years. So direct financial aid may be one option, but applicants also have other programs that can help with buying a property.



By Jon McNamara

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