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Erath, Hood, Palo Pinto, Somervell, and Wise County assistance programs.

If you need assistance, including food, money for bills or basic needs, and other support in Texas, then below are the leading non-profits, churches, and government programs to call for help.

Texas Neighborhood Services is the local community action agency. While they are based in Weatherford, Texas, they provide information, referrals, and programs for the entire region.

One of the main services they run is the State of Texas Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program CEAP, which is the version of LIHEAP. Low income families across Hood, Wise, and surrounding counties can receive cash and grants for paying utility and cooling bills. Some of the financial assistance provided includes payment to suppliers of fuel and monthly bills. This program is paid for by the federal government.

Not only can utility bills be paid, but money can also pay for repair of heating/cooling units, such as an air conditioner.

Call the Texas Neighborhood Services at (817) 598-5700 to apply or for more information on this or other resources.

Country Community Action Association Inc. is offered for members of the community who are experiencing energy-related emergencies or who are in imminent danger of having their utilities terminated.

The two main components are co-payment, which will help people achieve energy self-sufficiency in terms of long term affordability for low-income households. When faced with an energy crisis, apply for financial assistance for disconnections, supply shortage emergencies, or weather-related emergencies such as extreme heat.

In addition, the disabled and elderly can receive help, in particular during the summer with paying their cooling bills. The community action agency provides assistance to households most vulnerable to fluctuations in energy costs across Somervell County and other areas. Last, but not least, sign up for weatherization programs for saving money on your utilities. The address is 411 North Mesquite, Hico, TX 76457, dial 254-796-4488




Grace Place Ministries - First Baptist Church Stephenville – Offers limited amounts of financial assistance for paying rent, utilities, and gasoline. Vouchers can be provided for emergency lodging in a motel. Also has food and diapers. 365 W Tarleton, Stephenville, TX 76401, phone 254-965-4022. Or click here for more details on free diapers and related resources.

Graham Area Crisis Center has funds for paying utility bills. May rarely have some other resources or services for low income families. 503 Second Street Graham, Texas 76450, phone 940-549-6002

First United Methodist Church runs a program known as Mineral Wells. Provides prescription vouchers and free food. The vouchers can pay for assistance up to $20 for medications. Any type of services are offered to residents in Erath or other counties is limited to four times per year. 301 NE First Street, Mineral Wells, Texas 76067, telephone 940-325-4707

Churches that are part of Christian Community Action administer programs for low income families in Wise County. Senior citizens, single parents, and those that are struggling can receive information on government grants from Family Assistance, vouchers for free groceries or meals from a pantry, medical care from a government approved clinic and more.

The non-profit may offer financial assistance when funds are available for costs such as rent or energy bills. However they mainly focus on providing gasoline, food, clothing, household items, and prescription medication assistance. Find services from Christian Community Action Agency.

Mission Granbury supports domestic violence and families in crisis. They have information on an emergency assistance network and provide shelter to victims. The non-profit also provides general information for residents of Hood County Texas, including details on public and government aid. 1310 Weatherford Hwy, Granbury, TX 76048, call 817-579-6848, or find information on Mission Granbury programs.





The EAN, or Emergency Assistance Network in Hood County is a group of charities that coordinate with Mission Granbury. Numerous resources, such as a client choice food pantry, Resale Shop, funds for bills and living expenses as part crisis intervention are available. Call EAN, or read more on low income assistance programs.

W.A.R.M. Wise Area Relief Mission – Provides financial assistance to eligible families for paying expenses such as utility bills. Money can be used for water, electricity, and natural gas/propane expenses. If you are faced with a medical emergency, look into prescription medication. Address is 300 North Trinity, Decatur, Texas 76234, dial 940-626-4676. Locate more Texas utility assistance.

Community Caring Center is based in Azle Texas. All programs are based on donations and funding. When the center has the funds, they will distribute groceries, food, clothing, and small household appliances. Less common will be financial assistance for buying prescriptions, paying for utilities and electric bills. Money can also pay for water bills and gasoline. Call 817-270-2962

Salvation Army partners with First United Methodist Church-Bridgeport. They work together to offer help to the needy. Food, clothing, thrift store, and emergency rent are all offered. There are also free Christmas toys from Angel Tree as well as meals or back to school supplies. The address is 608 17th Street, Bridgeport, Texas 76426, phone 940-683-2780. More details.

First United Methodist Church Of Boyd – Receive up to $50 for utility bills, or $25 for gasoline. 540 S Allen Street FM 730, Boyd, TX 76023, telephone 940-433-5334

Food pantries to call for help

Dial Pantry and More can be reached at 254-592-9696. Clothing and food is offered to anyone in need.

Newark Area Food Pantry is located at 502B Main Street, Newark, Texas 76071, call 817-489-3695. This center only covers the zip codes of 76071 and 76078, and provides temporary food assistance, including free meals.

Silver Creek United Methodist Church is based at 2200 Church Road, Azle, TX 76020.

First Baptist Church-Briar – Runs a food pantry for the 76020 zip code. Main phone number is 817-444-3484.

Heart 2 Heart-Crossroads Church Of Cleburne provides a hot meal a couple times per week, and groceries once per week. Free hot meals, such as turkey, may also be provided around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call 817-645-5394

Spirit Of Sharing Field Street Baptist Church offers limited amounts of furniture and household items, clothing, and food. Call 817-645-3342





People Helping People – Groceries, free food and clothing is provided. During the months of July and February may even distribute gift packages of toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrushes, and cosmetic items. While not as common, the agency may also provide pet food when available. 306 Kings Plaza, Granbury, Texas 76049, phone 817-573-7801

Church Of Christ – Provides food and work or school clothing. Phone number is 817-641-3912

First Baptist Church-Castle Hills – Runs a clothing closet and food pantry. Limited fresh perishable items, frozen food, rice, and other commodities may be available as well as emergency food boxes. Dial 817-237-7086

South Wise Services Trinity Baptist Church is at 455 W Rock Island, Boyd, Texas 76023. Phone 940-433-5281. Offer both a food pantry and clothing assistance to needy residents of Somervell and Wise Counties, and other areas too.

Medical programs

Cross Timbers Health Center operates a sliding fee scale. This will mean people need to pay what they can afford to pay towards their medical and hospital bills. The clinic provides primary medical care. Services include family planning, lab work, pharmacy, immunizations, prenatal and postpartum care, low cost dental care (Eastland), WIC (De Leon), prevention, diabetic help for chronic diseases, and health education. 1100 W Reynosa AVE, De Leon, TX 76444, call (254) 893-5895


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