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Assistance programs in Hays County TX.

Assistance for paying rent and utilities in Hays County Texas

Southside Community Center, which is located in San Marcos Texas and can be reached at (512) 392-6694, provides temporary financial assistance to qualified individuals for paying rent and utility bills. Get help with water, electric, gas, or propane bills. They also run a disaster program, and the non-profit also provides emergency assistance for survivors of disasters, such as flooding or fires.

Additional services are offered as well. In addition, the non-profit provides vouchers to be used at their thrift store. The on site thrift store sells adult,  baby clothing, professional work, and children's clothes, and, when available; may also have work shoes, baby furniture, beds, kitchenware, diapers, baby supplies, car seats, and furniture.

Other programs offered by Southside Community Center include home renovation or repair, in February and during the summer, to families with low income or who may be struggling to get by. All financial assistance provided for bills and costs is dependent on available funds, and people can apply for help only once every 6 months. Call the agency at (512) 392-6694.

Community Action Incorporated of Hays County also administers assistance programs. This local community action agency also provides limited, emergency financial assistance with a focus on energy bills. Funding for this emergency service program is very limited, and it is relevant to the applicants need for crisis assistance, and is not available at certain times of the year. The community action agency also partners with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as well as the Hays Caldwell Women's Center.  Dial (512) 392-1161.

Salvation Army - San Marco ((512) 754-8541) may be able to offer the following emergency services and financial assistance on a case by case basis when funds and supplies are available. Limited nonperishable free food assistance, partial financial assistance for paying electric bills, water bills, gas bills, gasoline vouchers for medical appointments only and single-use and monthly bus passes. Furniture when available may also be offered.

Barnabas Connection Of Wimberley United Methodist Church is located in Wimberley, Texas 78676. Dial (512)847-1664. Applicants must live in the WISD area to receive financial support, however for people that don’t, they have a data bank of resources for Hays County Texas that they can refer residents to.




The charity organization provides limited payment assistance for basic needs such as mortgage, medical bills, rent, and prescription drugs. Some money may be offered for utility bills too, including gas, electric, and water. Also provides free vouchers to be used to pay for gas, clothing and more. Click here for more on gasoline vouchers.

Helping Hands Of Dripping Springs, Inc. - A free food pantry is administered, with priority given to seniors, mothers with young children, and children. The non-profit also provides limited emergency assistance for prescriptions, utility bills, mortgage, rent, and even health care bills. Funding is limited. 28710 N. RR12, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620, dial (512)858-7219

Community Action of Central Texas - Low income families, the elderly, disabled, and children may qualify for aid from this non-profit. They often work with other regional charities and organizations to coordinate services and advocacy. Find information on Career Pathways for Central Texans, energy bill help from CEAP, weatherization and more. They also are involved in addressing nutritional needs in partnership with Hays County pantries and relief groups. More details on Community Action of Central TX assistance programs.

San Marcos - Santa Cruz Catholic Church Buda is the Society Of St. Vincent De Paul. The faith based group may have financial assistance every six months. Expenses that can be paid for include rent, mortgage, utilities such as electric, water, and gas bills. Vouchers for furniture and clothing may be distributed and can be used at the nearby St. Vincent de Paul Store. Location is 624 East Hopkins Street, San Marcos , Texas  call (512) 353-7394. Or find details on SVDP Hays County assistance programs.

St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church is also a Society Of St. Vincent De Paul member. Dial (512)858-5667 to reach this Dripping Springs Texas church. Offers all of the same programs as the church above, but also has a food pantry.

Non-profit rental programs and assistance - Families who are faced with an eviction, and who have no other options, can contact one of the non-profit agencies that specialize in addressing housing needs. Find how to get help paying rent, locate low income housing, and find other resources. Read more on help with rent payments in Hays County.





Community health care clinics

Communicare Health Centers San Marco Clinic provides medical services and charges patients based on a sliding scale. Among other services they provide primary health and medical care for adults and children. Services offered by the clinic include acute and chronic disease management, immunizations, well-child visits,  family planning, health education, lab tests, and physical exams. Dial (512) 392-1718.

In addition to the financial programs noted above, the Community Action Incorporated of Hays County also provides medical care. They run a clinic that provides primary health care diagnosis and treatment for women and men with low income or who are unemployed. Health care services offered include medical visits, preventive health education, health screening and monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar, health risk profile, and referral services to Texas and federal government programs. (512) 392-5816

Free food from pantries and food banks

The Hays County Area Food Bank runs a food distribution site for people in need of help. Clients are eligible to attend two distributions of free food per week. (512) 392-8300

Other places that you may want to turn to for free food, groceries, or other nutritional assistance include the Capital Area Food Bank (512) 376-6752 and the Salvation Army.

Buda United Methodist Church runs a food pantry for zip codes of 78610 or 78640 only. Frozen, dry, vegetables, and other fresh food is provided when available. Call (512)295-6981

Regional Food Bank - Clients of this non-profit are eligible to receive at most two distributions of free food or groceries per week, and resources are focused on the low income and needy. 5411 Goforth Rd., Kyle, Texas 78640, phone (512)392-8300

The Hays County area is supported by additional food banks as well. Assistance is focused on senior citizens, the disabled, and households with children. Or find information on public aid, such as food stamps or seasonal support, including Christmas meals or snacks for students. Find Hays County free food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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