Fort Bend County assistance programs.

Learn how to apply for financial help from churches, charities, and government agencies in Fort Bend County. Organizations help Fort Bend County residents from all incomes. Find money to help with utility bills or rent to stop an eviction, get free medical or dental care, and find groceries from food banks. Resources can help everyone, with services also offered to immigrants and Spanish speakers among others.

In lieu of financial help, free stuff may be given out too. This ranges from back to school supplies in the summer or fall to free Christmas toys, meals, or Thanksgiving turkey dinners. There are also financial aid programs for the elderly, medications for the uninsured and transportation programs in Fort Bend County. Find free financial help, counseling, home buying programs, debt assistance, and other support below.

Help for paying utility and energy bills

Fort Bend County in Texas does provide grants and funds for utility bill assistance if certain qualifications are met for that residence. They need to be provided documentation that show that your need for assistance is an emergency need, they need proof of income, and proof of unemployment, primarily that if anyone who lives in the household is eighteen years old or older and if they are not employed or in school, than proof of unemployment is needed.

Some of the other assistance programs offered by Fort Bend include rent help, food assistance, and they may be able to help with shelter or a mortgage payment, and they also have a medication assistance program. Contact the Fort Bend County Social Services at (281) 403-8050 to learn more.

The Galveston / Fort Bend County Community Action Council, Inc. (dial (409) 765-7878) also offers various energy payment programs. They offer help from the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), which provides help with electric and gas bills. This is part of the federal government LIHEAP assistance program.

 

 

 

 

Social services and financial assistance programs for expenses

Conferences that are part of Society of St. Vincent de Paul may offer emergency help, with a focus on homeless prevention in Fort Bend. Note this depends on money being available to the charity. There may be limited rent assistance and utility bill assistance, grants for security deposits, moving costs, and free, no cost hotel/motel vouchers (up to 30 days). Financial aid is targeted at people facing a one time crisis and that are otherwise self-sufficient.

The homeless prevention program also provides referrals to case/care management services. This may include debt reduction programs, housing search/placement, free legal services and advice, and even credit repair counseling.

All churches have free vouchers to local St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores where low income families, including children, can receive furniture, free clothing and  more. The main address is 410 Clay Street, Richmond, Texas 77469. While all resources are very limited, call (281) 238-0991, or find more information on St. Vincent de Paul Fort Bend County assistance programs.

Rosenberg - Richmond Helping Hands, Inc. (phone (281) 232-4904) will assist people in need of help in  Fort Bend County who are in an emergency or short term crisis situation. Areas of service that are covered by this agency include the provision of free food, new or gently worn clothing, utility and air conditioning bill assistance, prescription medicine assistance, and extensive referral capability to federal government and Texas programs.

 

 

 

 

The Salvation Army also has a local operation and multiple Thrift Stores and social service centers. Call them at (281) 207-2500. This non-profit offers financial assistance and money for paying rent expenses, mortgage, utilities and electric bills. The Fort Bend Salvation Army also is offering free groceries and food vouchers to those in need of help. The agency provides only one form of assistance at a time to those in need.

While financial assistance may be offered in limited quantities for Fort Bend and Richmond Texas families, the agency also focuses on offering other support such as food, free hot meals clothing, and holiday assistance. This includes free Christmas toys or food baskets as well as a free school supply giveaway. Case managers from the Salvation Army will do their best in helping people apply for help, or they will direct individuals to other local assistance programs. Read more Fort Bend Salvation Army.

Probably the leading agency to talk to for help is the Fort Bend County Social Services. Call them at (281) 403-8050. The government agency assists those who have emergency needs. They provide help with food and groceries, rent or mortgage payments, prescription medications. There is also financial aid to pay for pauper burials or cremations and holiday assistance as well. One focus is on assisting city of Richmond and families across the county with avoiding homelessness. Also apply for federal government programs such as Medicaid and food stamps at the social service office. Continue with public assistance Fort Bend County.

Another Community Action Agency is GCCAC. They can often provide information and referrals to local assistance programs as well as social services in the Fort Bend Texas region too. Get information on support from weatherization, Head Start, and housing resources.

Housing support is arranged. This can also include eviction prevention services, home buying services and rental assistance. The currently homeless can get help too, such as referrals to transitional housing or short term financing / loan programs for paying security deposits. All of this is often combined with education and job training, such as GED classes. More in GCCAC assistance programs.

East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Inc. is a non-profit that provides financial assistance and grants towards paying rent, mortgage, or utility and cooling bills. Assistance provided only once in calendar year to low income and others in need. In addition they run a food pantry and thrift shop.

 

 

 

The ministry and its churches also can provide free school clothing and items from Supply our Students, volunteers pass out free meals to seniors in East Fort Bend, and they also offer free Christmas food and holiday programs. The charity is Stafford Texas based. Call (281) 261-5470, or find assistance from East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.

Charities may offer money, legal advice, and counseling to stop evictions. Referrals are given to local charities for some or all of the following.

  • HUD and ESG grants for water, utility, or rental arrears.
  • Deposit help for rehousing.
  • Guidance for families or single mothers living in poverty, such as budgeting, information on shelters for the homeless in Fort Bend County, and more. Find more information on eviction prevention help in Fort Bend County.

United Way Fort Bend County Service Center – This non-profit administers services through the Salvation Army. Apply for emergency help for paying rent, utilities, and medications. They are also a great place to learn about both state of Texas and federal government assistance programs. Receive counseling, case management, referrals and other aid too. 10435 Greenbough Drive, #200, Stafford, Texas 77477, (281)207-2500.

Urban League - The non-profit supports several counties in the area. Two key services are available, as well as information on other resources. They include staff will help clients with educational and employment needs. Housing assistance is also offered from the HUD approved counseling agency. There is information to tenants facing eviction as well as details of solutions available to them, as well as foreclosure counseling.

The Fort Worth League may also have referrals to emergency loan programs for housing needs. This is the local organization, and the phone number is (281) 220-6012. There are also national Urban League programs that assist the underserved, including minorities or immigrants. Many services are offered. More on Urban League services for minorities.

Catholic Charities of Fort Bend County is the local address of the nation’s leading social service organization. This center administers a number of assistance programs for the poor, immigrants and unemployed. Just a sampling of them include a free food pantry, holiday meals, and transportation assistance. They also assist immigrants (documented or not) as well as women fleeing domestic violence.

Some limited energy bill and rental assistance is offered too. With the high number of immigrants in Texas, the agency also will work with them to try to help them find unemployment and get settled. Many of services are offered too. Read Fort Bend Catholic Charities.

Transportation programs are needed (and offered) in the region, with many Fort Bend County families needing their car for work or major appointments (due to lack of public transit). Charities will help fix cars and there are also non-profits that assist with loan payments. Or even some free cars for a job seeker, single parent, and other aid is offered. More free cars from charity organizations.

 

 

 

 

Fort Bend County Women's Center, Inc. is an organization that provides case management, rental assistance, transportation, tutoring, life skills, job training, and free legal advocacy to victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault. 905 3rd Street, Rosenberg, Texas 77471, (281) 342-4357

Non-profit Service Center - This was created from a partnership between local non-profits such as the United Way and others. Based on the level of donations and funding, there may be financial aid for rent, utilities, or a mortgage payment. The Center can also arrange for other basic needs, ranging from food to medications and placement into community clinics. Other services are also provided such as job placement and career counseling. Dial 281-207-2300, or read Fort Bend Service Center programs.

Katy Christian Ministries and their social services department provides funds for paying utility, cooling, and energy bills. The location is 30415 5th Street, Fulshear, TX 77441. Call (281) 346-8041, or learn more Katy Christian Ministry.

Emergency, non-profit and government funded rent help is available in some situations. Most of the funding is to stop homelessness in Fort Bend County, and additional assistance may be for paying security deposits as part of rehousing. Clients of these rental programs will range from low income families with children to seniors and the disabled. More Fort Bend County rental assistance.

Eliminate credit card and medical debts

Qualified individuals can get free help from Money Management International, Inc. Call them at (713) 923-2227. Consumers can work one on one with a credit or housing counselor to develop a workable budget and set up a debt repayment schedule to the client's creditors, including credit card company and mortgage lender. If the repayment program that is agreed to by all parties involves reduced payments on their current debts or past due accounts, the client may enroll in a Debt Management Program.

Creditors and lenders are paid by the client through the local MMI office. In addition to these debt reduction programs, MMI also offers housing counseling, foreclosure assistance, both loss mitigation and reverse mortgage, as well as free advice for pre-filing bankruptcy counseling and pre-discharge bankruptcy education. They can also help people deal with payday lenders and consolidate loans.

There are other free non-profit credit counseling agencies across Texas.They offer face to face, phone consultation, or online sessions too. Both national and local services are offered. Locate free credit counseling agencies for the low income in Texas.

Free healthcare or Medical care for uninsured

A clinic that offer health care services for low income, and the under and uninsured is Second Mile Mission Center. Call them at (281) 261-9199. The center provides low cost medical care for the uninsured and people who can’t afford to pay for medical or hospital bills.

Fort Bend Family Health Center, Inc. of Richmond Texas ((281) 342-4530) may offer discounted fees. The community clinic provides health and medical primary care for children and adults. Clinical services include immunizations for children and adults, annual physical exams, sick visits, well woman exams, well man exams, well child exams, or PAP smears. There is free or low cost birth control, chronic disease management, and prenatal care. Pharmacy, prescription medications and lab services are offered at a discount. Mental health services are also available for qualified, registered patients of the health center. They can also refer people to prescription assistance programs, such as those patient assistance programs by Merck and others.

Free dental cleanings is for children as well as low income adults in the county. There may also be some basic surgery, extractions, fluoride and other assistance for dental needs. A combination of volunteers and government programs pay for this service. More on free dental care from clinics in Texas.

Find free food in Fort Bend Texas

St. Vincent de Paul Society Richmond Food Pantry (Richmond Texas (281) 342-5092) offers free food, groceries, and other non-financial aid. Several of the agencies listed above may also offer free food.

 

 

 

 

Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church (phone 713-229-9846) can provide support to the county.

Several other pantries, churches, soup kitchens and food distribution centers operate in the region. The resources are limited and hours vary, however each location will do its best to help the needy. Find more Fort Bend County free food pantries.

 

By Jon McNamara

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