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Rental assistance Hidalgo County

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, applications to section 8 vouchers 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 as well as McAllen or Edinburg TX 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. Find where and how to get financial help for rent, utilities, and other housing costs in Hidalgo County below, and all applications are available in both English and Spanish.

Find how to get help with back rent or deposits in Hidalgo County and McAllen Texas or housing vouchers

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. They also try to help migrants, the elderly, and single parents with housing needs, free furniture, or rent assistance. The non-profit tries to prevent evictions in Hidalgo County. Dial (956) 682-1468.

McAllen Housing Authority
Address is 1200 N 25th St, McAllen, TX 78501. Dial (956) 686-3951
Section 8 housing and low income apartments are managed. Waiting lists are used. Low income families in Hidalgo County can apply for the HUD section 8 housing choice vouchers, which is an income based, rent subsidized program.

  • There is also the Edinburg public housing authority for that city. The location is 910 Sugar Rd, Edinburg, Texas 78539. Call (956) 383-3839




DFPS Adult Protective Services (APS)
2501 W Maple Ave, McAllen, TX 78501. Call (956) 682-1301
This is only for residents in which the health of a child is at risk. 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
The non-profit advocates for the poor, immigrants and struggling families in Hidalgo County. There are referrals to rent assistance programs, affordable homes or apartments, and advocacy. Immigrants and migrant workers can also learn about options, even including free motel vouchers or shelters.

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 or church funds can be used for paying back rent, storage costs or moving expenses. Other emergency programs range from shelter to placement into transitional housing and resources for senior citizens. More on Catholic Charities Hidalgo County financial assistance programs.

Community Development Corporation of McAllen
200 S 10th St #1300, McAllen, TX 78501. Call (956) 972-7241 for referrals.
They work with landlords on affordable housing for the community. There may be referrals to home buying services, ESG grants to help with rent or utilities and more.

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. There are resources for the unemployed, single mothers or fathers, and working poor. A goal is to reduce/minimize evictions.





Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
316 S Closner Blvd, Edinburg, TX 78539. Phone (956) 393-6200
Pro-bono legal aid can be obtained from free attorneys. They ensure the availability of safe housing, resolve security deposit disputes, back rent challenges and more. They help with immigration filings, illegal homes or apartments, and tenant-landlord mediation.

Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement, which is based at 417 S Ohio Ave, Mercedes, TX 78570, may have referrals to rapid rehousing for the homeless. Call (956) 903-1900

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 Saint Vincent 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. Or renters can get free furniture, help with moving or storage and other support. Phone – (956-686-7711.

Fair Housing Council
Address is 801 E Fern Ave #119, McAllen, Texas 78501.
Housing specialists help tenants, potential homebuyers and people facing eviction. They offer referrals, help with legal issues or landlord disputes, and help Hidalgo County residents find affordable/safe housing. Direct financial help is not offered. Call (956) 682-3247

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.





Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
They only help veterans. Address is 1901 S 24th Ave, Edinburg, TX 78539. Call (956) 289-7000
There are government grants for housing costs (rent, mortgages, utilities, etc.) from SSVF. Or veterans, and their families, can get help with budgeting for buying a home, free motel vouchers for homeless veterans and more.

Proyecto Azteca Inc
US-83 BUS, San Juan, TX 78589. Call (956) 702-3307
Non-financial support is given to renters. It may be credit repair services to help families build credit to lease a home or apartment, budgeting and more. The goal is to help families and individuals gain housing stability.

By Jon McNamara











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