Emergency financial assistance in Harris County.

Harris County and Houston Texas families have access to several emergency financial assistance programs. While income guidelines need to be met by applicants, assistance can be provided for paying rent, utility bills, housing needs, and more. Clients of the various programs that operate in the region, which are administered by the Harris County Community Services Department, will also receive case management services, referrals, and help in becoming self-sufficient over the mid to long term.

Clients who are faced with an unexpected hardship may be able to receive emergency financial assistance and grants from Client Services. It is a crisis program, and it may be able to help income qualified people who are faced with utility termination, who have received a foreclosure or eviction notice, or it can assist people who need transitional housing or shelter. Also the Harris County Client Services can offer referrals if the person’s need is too extensive. They offer these referrals to other local non-profits or government programs that operate in Houston and the county.

Another key resources is the Aid and Assistance program. This can offer case management, emergency financial assistance, and referrals as well. The program can help qualified lower income families across Harris County Texas as well as the city of Houston.

This program is funded from federal government, state and county resources. Some of the organizations that fund the Aid & Assistance program include the US government Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which assists clients by providing one-time cash assistance. The money can be used to pay gas, water, and electric bills. From time to time funds can pay for housing needs, including rent in an emergency.

The Harris County Community Services Aid and Assistance program also provides financial support for dealing with emergencies, such as nutrition or shelter needs, utility terminations, or help to people who are faced with a recent disability or medical hardship. If they can’t help, you can usually receive referrals and/or case management to a place that can.

Veterans and their dependents can learn about, and get help applying for, a number of government assistance programs. Harris County knows that Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are rightfully entitled to government benefits, support, financial aid, and much more. Resources are provided to them to reflect the pride and gratitude that the country, city of Houston, and the state of Texas all have for its members of the military.





The Veterans Services program of Harris County advocates for current military members and veterans, as well as their immediate family members and dependents. Some of the programs that can be applied for include pension, compensation, health care, medical, education, insurance, medications, housing, and death benefits.

Self-sufficiency and Case Management is offered to qualified low income individuals and the disabled by the Community Services Department. The primary goal is to provide free advice and other services that afford the highest level of personal independence to families of all backgrounds. Counseling will help people empower themselves to become self-sufficient, and to not rely on public assistance or other government subsidies. The Case Management process can also assist Harris County and Houston Texas residents who require emergency housing or utility assistance.

Funeral, Burial, and Bereavement Services - Regardless of your income or background, every citizen of Harris County is entitled to a simple but dignified burial. The Texas Constitution requires all counties across the state to either cremate or bury the indigent. This Bereavement program will work with families to refer them to services and organizations that may provide low-cost funeral services, or Harris County can arrange a county burial. Bereavement Services are offered when a resident has no other options available to them.

These emergency programs are administered by Harris County Community Services Department. Call them at (713) 578-2000.




By Jon McNamara

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