Assistance programs in Galveston County.
Find how to get emergency financial assistance in Galveston County from churches, charities, and government assistance agencies. There are programs that offer access to affordable housing, grants for rent or paying energy bills, free food, and other support services. Everyone from Spanish speakers to the low income, seniors, and single parents may qualify.
Charities also give out free stuff in the region, including motel vouchers, Christmas toys, laptop computers, or back to school supplies. There are also national and statewide resources available, including loans for borrowers or households with bad credit, national charity groups and other services.
Find assistance with utility bills, rent, and food
A program exists in Galveston that provides assistance for many needs. The Beacon of Hope Center, on 45th Street, is an all encompassing organization run by Catholic Charities that provides help to all people of all religions.
Assistance offered to Galveston families includes supportive services such as financial assistance and case coordination for families that are facing eviction. They will also help you with energy and electric bills if you are about to receive termination of your utility service. The aid provided is in the form of a grant for one-time financial assistance with paying rent and/or utility bills. They also will provide food and ways to ensure your family does not go hungry or homeless. More on electric bill help. Phone 409-762-2143.
The Galveston Salvation Army offers several programs and resources for people who need help. Some of the services they offer to qualified individuals includes. Phone (409) 763-1691.
- Free food, rent and energy bills - The Salvation Army provide cash assistance for paying rent, preventing evictions and providing utility bill payment assistance.
- Food Pantries - People who are struggling, whether families, senior citizens or individuals are eligible to receive free groceries and food boxes containing nutritious food items.
- Clothing and household items - Receive free or discounted clothes, school supplies or backpacks and other household products.
St. Vincent’s House provides social services and other forms of assistance to the unemployed, the disadvantaged, working poor and underserved population of the greater Galveston Texas community. Call (409) 763-8521
- Free food - You can stop by the Food Pantry to get free, nonperishable food items, groceries, canned goods and nutritionally balanced snack-packs.
- Financial assistance - They may have limited funding to help people pay bills, housing expenses, or other costs.
- St. Vincent may have some loans as well for paying bills or emergency credit, including for people with poor or limited borrowing history. More on loans for borrowers with bad credit from non-profits.
Another organization to contact is the Galveston County Community Action Council, Inc. Call them at (409) 765-7878. This organization can help you apply for the low income energy assistance programs (which provides grants for utility bills) and help you lower your utility bills from the weatherization program.
Several other resources are available from non-profit GCCAC. Most of them are offered from referrals or applications to government assistance, such as CEAP. The community action agency may also have information on housing resources, including rental help, utility and security deposits, and home repairs. Or inquire into food assistance programs, foreclosure counseling, and home loan modifications. More on Galveston County Community Action programs.
The Children's Center, Inc. (Galveston Texas (409) 765-6561) - Among other services, they offer a homeless prevention program that may be able to provide financial support for paying rent and utilities to assist families and individuals who are at risk for homelessness. It is an eviction prevention offering.
Galveston County Social Services may be able to offer short-term emergency assistance. Help can be provided to county residents who are unable to meet or pay for their utility, housing, food, or rent expenses because of a temporary medical condition or unemployment that the individual may have.
They offer public aid and government benefits. A major one is Medicaid as well as referrals to Texas free community clinics for health care. Call (409) 770-5803. League City Texas. Offices are located at.
- 2516 Texas Avenue, Suite 111, Texas City, TX 77591, phone (409)770-5803
- 174 Calder Road, Suite 142, League City, Texas 77573, (281)316-8733
Galveston County CAC Neighborhood Center – Low income qualified households may get a free aid conditioner for medical reasons. Also may have funds for assistance with electricity or gas bills. 4700 Broadway, Suite 101, Galveston, Texas 77550, phone (800)300-3004
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston – Runs a food pantry at their locations. School supplies and holiday programs and meals may be offered. May also distribute a limited amount of cash assistance for paying rent, mortgage and utilities. Also get information and referrals to charities and non-profits, as well as state of Texas programs. Two offices are at.
- 6811 Stewart Road, Galveston, Texas 77551, (866)649-5862
- 2000 Texas Avenue, Suite 500, Texas City, TX 77590, phone (409)942-4267
- A number of other resources and assistance programs are offered as well. Click here Fort Bend and Galveston Catholic Charities.
Hitchcock Family Welfare - Provides assistance to Hitchcock only residents who need help with rent, utilities, food, electric bills, and clothing. 6915 2nd Street, Hitchcock, TX 77563, phone (409)986-5632
Interfaith Caring Ministries – Resources offered can provide health and senior outreach program, referrals to community services. ICM also may have free food for seniors, employment preparation program, school supplies, Christmas Store, and resale shop and thrift store.
Financial help may also be offered, at most one time per year. Also get emergency assistance for paying utilities, rent, child care scholarships and educational programs. In some instances, ICM will use loans for housing expenses. 151 Park Avenue, League City, Texas 77573, call (281)332-3881, or find assistance Interfaith Caring Ministries.
La Marque Aid & Guidance – If you are faced with an eviction or utility disconnection, apply for emergency rent help or funds for utility bills. Also call or stop by for assistance with food from the food pantry, low cost items at a thrift shop, clothes, and more. 320 Laurel, La Marque, Texas 77568, (409)938-7852
M.I. Lewis Social Service Center – Get partial payments for housing, rent, and energy bills. 2605 44th Street, Dickinson, Texas 77539, call (281)534-2043
Faith based charities, churches, and religious groups also help the disadvantaged. There is food, a hot meal, or some clothes, They also counsel and comfort the residents. In some cases, financial aid is available but it is not as common. Episcopal Church assistance programs, which help people of all faiths.
Santa Fe Family Service – Low income and elderly people residing in the Santa Fe ISD area may qualify for emergency assistance with electric bills, rent, and other small bills and expenses. 4205 Jackston Street, Santa Fe, TX 77510, phone (409)927-4133
St. Vincent's Episcopal House can provide rent assistance to families facing an eviction and/or utility bill assistance to those Galveston County residents that are at risk of having water, gas, or electricity discontinued. Other services include free transportation to social services and health care from their Free Clinic. Address is 2817 Post Office, Galveston, Texas 77550. Call 409-763-8521, or read St. Vincent's Episcopal House assistance programs.
Gulf Coast Outreach and Assistance Program will assist with transitioning individuals into long term permanent housing. The non-profit can provide case management, funds for security deposits, and emergency rental assistance if/when needed. Homeless prevention, including energy bill help, is also available. 4700 Broadway, Galveston Island Community Center, Galveston, Texas 77551, 409-765-6561.
Galveston County free non-profit clothing closets, furniture and thrift stores provide free or low cost supplies to the low to moderate income families in Eastern Texas. Some residents may obtain a voucher to pay for clothes or holiday assistance. Other Galveston area families may need to pay a minimal cost for school supplies, clothing, or Christmas gifts. Read more on free clothes, school supplies and furniture in Galveston County.
Rent, security deposits, and low income housing - Several churches, social services and government organizations, and charities specialize in offering housing assistance. It can range from funds and grants for security deposits, moving expenses, and monthly rent expenses. Some organizations run eviction prevention programs too. Find a listing of Galveston rental assistance programs.
Local charities in Galveston County provide free help at Christmas. There are also programs available during Thanksgiving, and clients of these two services include low income families, the elderly, and children from working poor households.
Based on donation levels, and the applicants needs, people may be given free Christmas gifts, which can include toys, gift cards or clothing. There are also hot holiday meals and food baskets passed out, among other resources. Click Galveston County free holiday programs.
Health care and prescriptions in Galveston
The Jesse Tree connects low income and uninsured patients with ways to get help for medical needs and prescriptions. Among other programs offered include the Prescription Assistance Program and access to health care clinics. (409) 762-2233
If addition to the programs mentioned above, St. Vincent’s also runs a House Free Clinic. This medical facility offers free primary health care to those women, men and children who might otherwise go without adequate medical or health care or treatment. Some of the people who can access the facility include the indigent, unemployed, transient (homeless), low income, and those who are under and/or uninsured members of the local community. Dial (409) 763-8521 to learn more or make an appointment.
Galveston County Health District offers health care on a sliding scale. Services include primary and preventative medical services, family planning, referrals to specialty providers, immunization, medications, WIC, and breast screenings. (409) 763-7246
CHRISTUS St. John Hospital of Dickinson Texas ((281) 534-3983) runs the Point Of Light Clinic, which may be able to help with medical needs.
Free groceries, food, clothing, and more
Non-financial aid, including free food, groceries, and other support may be offered to low income by the following. You will need to call to get the specifics of the programs offered.
Gleanings From The Harvest for Galveston, Inc. - Galveston County Food Bank - Provides low income and working poor with nutritional food, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products. (409) 744-4384. They also partner with other local food banks and pantries.
Locate more regional food banks, pantries or soup kitchens. Also find personal goods or clothing closets, and charities organizations that offer free food, meals, and other aid. Read more Galveston free food banks.