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Hidalgo County rental assistance.

Low income families in Hidalgo County may be able to receive one time rent help from several charities, churches or government agencies. There are also other housing programs administered to tenants facing eviction, and they range from applications to government grants, free legal aid to stop evictions, and rehousing. As funding is available, there may be resources to cover past due rental expenses or maybe pay the security deposit on a new home.

The non-profits will try to do their best to offer rental assistance. While possible, Hidalgo County based organizations may help with a portion of the cost due, if the applicant meets other conditions. Or if that is not an option, then they will provide referrals to other resources in McAllen or nearby cities.

Salvation Army corp centers, which are based in McAllen as well as other communities, will sometimes have funds available for back rent. Or other services will include emergency shelter or grants for utility bills or transportation. The non-profit tries to prevent evictions in Hidalgo County. Dial (956) 682-1468.

McAllen Housing Authority
2301 Jasmine Avenue
McAllen, Texas, 78501
(956) 686-3951
Section 8 housing and low income apartments are managed. Waiting lists are used.

DFPS Adult Protective Services (APS)
1919 Austin Ave
McAllen, Texas, 78501
(956) 682-1301
Emergency financial aid and government grants can be used for rent, utilities, and more if a child is at risk.

Advocacy Resource Center for Housing
Main office - 2507 Buddy Owens
McAllen, Texas
Telephone - (956) 631-4277




Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley – Hidalgo County church
Address is 700 N. Virgin de San Juan Blvd
San Juan, Texas
Dial (956) 702-4088
Loans can be used for paying rent. Other emergency programs range from shelter to placement into transitional housing and resources for senior citizens.

Community Development Corporation of  McAllen
P.O. Box 220
McAllen, TX 78505
Call (956) 972-7241 for referrals.

UCP - Urban County Program
1916 Tesoro Blvd.
Pharr, TX 78577
Phone - (956) 787-8127
The non-profit may have information on government grant programs for housing and rental needs.

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
300 S. Texas Blvd
Weslaco, Texas
Phone - (956) 447-4827
Pro-bono legal aid can be obtained from attorneys. They ensure the availability of safe housing, resolve security deposit disputes, and more.

Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement, which is based at 1715 E. Pike Blvd in Weslaco, may have referrals to rapid rehousing for the homeless. Call (956) 447-0600.

City offices can refer low income families and those in poverty to housing solutions. These range from shelters to possible financial help for rental expenses and more. City of Edinburg (dial (956) 388-8206), City of McAllen residents can dial (956) 681-3200 or in the City of Mission, call (956) 580-8675.





ESG grants and homeless prevention services can help tenants avoid an eviction. Federal government grants can help pay back rent or other housing costs, such as water bills. Clients to HPRP may be low income families, single parents, immigrants, and others. Find emergency money for rent or deposits as well as legal aid. Learn more on Hidalgo County homeless prevention.

Churches from Vincent
A network of volunteers make up this charity. They may refer, or have limited amount, of funds for rent, utilities, and other basic needs. Phone – (956)-383-7993.

Community Action – Services of Hidalgo County
Address is 2524 N Closner Blvd
Edinburg, Texas 78541
Call (956) 383-6240
They are a leading poverty fighting organization. Information is available on low income housing, employment, and emergency programs for rent and other bills.

By Jon McNamara

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