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Rent assistance in Harris County and Houston.

Tenants that are struggling have several non-profits, charities, churches and government agencies in Harris County Texas that they can call upon for emergency rental and security deposit assistance. Each organization may offer their own services, but they are all focused on offering assistance with rent payments, eviction prevention services, and housing costs. Or they can help with paying a security deposit or places families into an affordable apartment.

There will be an application process in place and conditions need to be met. However in some cases emergency financial assistance may be offered in the greater Houston region for certain rental or housing costs. Of particular focus is on those that are at risk, such as seniors, the disabled, or families with young children. Other priority is on assisting those in Harris County that have an eviction notice.

Any financial aid issued for a rent payment will also usually require that the applicant attend case management. So the non-profits want to ensure that the underlying cause is dealt with, as they all work to reduce homelessness in Harris County.

Harris County Community Services
The Houston office is at (713) 696-7900, and there are offices in Humble Texas and other areas of Harris County.

A focus is on case management and long term care. The agency also provides emergency help to tenants to help stop an eviction and currently homeless individuals and families in Harris County. Case management, housing placement, rent help and more is offered.

The non-profit may also receive funds or grants directly from the federal government. Other resources available in Harris County include repairs, emergency financial aid, and referrals to rental assistance. Community Services also has partnerships with other providers as well, such as shelters, low income apartments, sources of no interest loans, and other agencies that are focused on rent and housing needs.




Gulf Coast Community Services Association
9320 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX, 77054
Main phone - (713) 393-4700
The Block Grant Program funds this. Human services, eviction prevention, and other rental programs are administered.

Harris County Area Agency on Aging can help senior citizens or the elderly over the age of 60. These services may include case management, help in locating housing, including low income apartments for seniors. Also access other social services. The Houston agency can be called at (713) 794-9001.

Gulf Coast Legal Foundation of Houston Texas can provide low cost, or in some cases, free legal aid for housing issues. This will include eviction prevention, landlord/tenant mediation, and help with addressing housing discrimination. Only civil matters are addressed. Call (713) 652-5911 for information.

Saint Vincent de Paul Churches
Programs are very limited by funding levels, and many tenants will not be able to receive help. Resources may include emergency rental help for those at risk of evictions or homelessness. The non-profit assists with a persons permanent housing with short term utility assistance or rent.





Additional services from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul include furniture for a home or apartment and clothing vouchers, but cannot offer assistance for homeless. All applications are assessed on a one-off basis.

The Catholic Churches with this charity distribute rental assistance or other funding or vouchers to those in the parish of the church where they are in residence. There are no locations to visit. You must have a physical address to receive assistance and not be in a motel or hotel. In the Area of Houston  (dial (713) 741-8234) there is no other number or location to go to. Call that number to be directed to the volunteers from the church closest to you who would schedule to make a visit to you in order to determine your short or long term housing and rent needs.

Harris County Community and Economic Development Department
8410 Lantern Point Dr.
Houston, TX, 77054
(713) 578-2000
Federal government funds may be used to provide grants for paying rent and other needs, such as energy costs or home repairs.

Gulf Coast Community Services Association
Main address is 9320 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Telephone 713-393-4700
Counseling is offered, including landlord and tenant mediation. The goal is to help those facing an eviction, or maybe even a foreclosure. Get help with relocation and resolving disputes over security deposits or delinquent rent. While resources are limited, the non-profit may sometimes issue a loan for housing expenses, such as rent or a deposit.

Houston Coalition for the Homeless is a source of information on eviction help. The regional agency can offer tenants in rent arrears information on non-profits to call for emergency help. A priority is on the vulnerable such as single parents with children or the disabled with a source of income. Also, the homeless may receive rehousing assistance, including vouchers for a night or so in a local motel, money for rental or utility deposits, and placement into shelter. More on Houston Eviction Prevention and Rapid Rehousing.

Lone Star Legal Aid - Houston
1415 Fannin
Houston, TX, 77002
(713) 652-0077
Low to moderate income families may receive free legal aid or representation.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is located in Houston on Kuykendahl Street. They also take part in the TDHCA Emergency Solutions Grants program. Also get help from transitional housing or shelters. (281) 885-4555

Service of the Emergency Aid Resource Center for the Homeless
2505 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77002
Main phone - (713) 739-7752
Often the homeless lack the cash to pay a rental or utility deposit for their home home. There are government agencies and charities in Harris County Texas that may help with this cost. Find assistance with paying security deposits.

Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA) runs the section 8 voucher program in Texas. Grants are used for paying a portion of rental costs. The government affiliated agency can also help place residents into low income apartments, help with home buying, and provide referrals. There is a waiting list for this rental assistance, with priority given to seniors and the disabled. Address is 8933 Interchange Dr., Houston, Texas 77054, dial 713.578.2100





Emergency Food Shelter Program – Call 713-223-8131
Using federally-funded grants, the non-profit may offer one time rent, utility bill, and other help. Food, case management, and other housing resources are also offered.

The Salvation Army-Greater Houston Area Command
They also administer the emergency shelter and food grant program. Other housing resources include shelter, transitional units, and eviction prevention services.

Outreach Center - Care Ministry
12713A Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77099
Provides limited rent assistance. A partial payment may be available for Harris County families facing homelessness. Seniors, the disabled, and other working poor may qualify.

West Houston Assistance Ministries
Location is 10501 Meadowglen Lane
Houston, Texas 77042
They only support a small region, call (713) 977-9942
The western part of Houston is covered by the charity-church. One time rent or mortgage help, free food, job programs, assistance for immigrants and other housing resources are offered.

Women In Poverty provides rent, utility and other assistance to women. Call (713) 882-3640. There is help for single moms, women fleeing domestic violence, and migrant or Spanish speaking women. Grants for rent, clothes, food, transition housing and more is offered. They work to stop homelessness of women in Harris County. Or find other back rent assistance for single moms.

United Methodist Church
12401 1/2 South Post Oak Road
Houston, TX 77045
Call 713-551-8792
Loans for housing or rental expenses, information on shelter and transitional apartment, and basic needs such as clothing may be offered.

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
Main address is 3826 Wheeler Avenue
Houston, TX 77004
The social service and housing center is at (713) 748-5240.

Catholic Charities of Harris County operates an emergency service programs. Get free furniture, money for a security deposits, rental arrears help, case management, and more. They help immigrants find housing, provide referrals to section 8 HUD vouchers, and help families in poverty. More on Catholic Charities housing assistance Harris County.

Brentwood Community Foundation
Assistance is for income qualified people living with HIV/AIDS as well as their immediate family members. Rent help, transitional housing for men, mortgage programs, and support groups are available.





City of Pasadena Community Development Department
Location is 1114 Davis Street
Pasadena, Texas 77502
(713) 475-7294

By Jon McNamara

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