Lubbock County Assistance programs.

Below you will find information on various charities, non-profits, churches, and government programs in Lubbock Texas. Get help with rent and housing expenses, utility bills, free food, and much more. A combination of churches may offer help along with charities, clinics for free medical or dental care, and even government grant and loan programs can be used as a form of financial help.

Water Rate Assistance Program

Due to recent increases in water bills, the City of Lubbock has started a Water Rate Assistance Program. It will help those with limited means pay their water bill. While the program will not eliminate water utility charges that households need to pay, it does help provide an adjustment to the monthly water bill to assist qualifying customers with payment of a water bill. Reductions and savings provided will be as much as $5.40 per month. Lubbock is also encouraging the use of WaterSense water saving products. Or call (806) 775-2291.

Across the Street

This non-profit agency administers a grant to low income and the working poor for rent help and utility bill assistance. The financial funding offered from this assistance program is very limited and individuals as well as families need to meet strict criteria.

In addition, they run a center known as the Village Market Place, which is a thrift store operated by Across the Street ministry. The store provide food, clothes and household goods at a reduced price for families in need. Some furniture may be sold too. Dial (806) 762-4010 to reach the ministry, which is located in Lubbock Texas. Click here.





Catholic Families Services of Lubbock

Some of the services and resources offered include a food pantry; clothing and household good vouchers; utility; prescription medication; and eye glass assistance - no contacts. Other programs offered will help low-income, mostly single parents complete their college education by providing financial assistance and advice to help with with tuition, textbooks, rent, childcare, mileage reimbursement, and utilities expenses. Find additional scholarship programs.

The churches that work with Catholic Charities also can help the less fortunate. Many will have a hot meal or a few dollars for a bill when you are out of all other options. The centers are also a great place to call for referrals to other emergency assistance and social service programs in the greater Lubbock region. Call (806) 725-5211, or click here.

Lubbock County General Assistance

Low Income residents and households with totally disabled adult or minor child, and the household has to be without income for thirty days, may be able to get help from this agency. Programs offered may include rent help, which will assist with the partial payment towards the current month's rent. In addition, electric and utilities may be able to get help. Receive payment for utility bills, and the funds will be provided for the current month only. Dial (806) 775-1080, or read more Lubbock County public assistance.

Salvation Army of Lubbock

This charity organization may be able to provide individuals with limited emergency financial assistance, and help is available only once every six months. These services provided to low income individuals include: free food, clothing vouchers, food vouchers, utility and cooling bills assistance, rent assistance, mortgage and foreclosure prevention assistance, and prescription assistance. Dial (806) 765-9434 to find additional mortgage programs.

The Salvation Army corps also offers some seasonal and specialty programs to Lubbock Texas families. Some examples of these services include Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Children may receive free toys/gifts, and seniors both presents and companionship. Other aid include school items, referrals, and shelter. Click here for more details.





Lutheran Social Services

Low income, unemployed, and working poor Lubbock Texas residents can turn to this agency. Dial (806) 741-0459. Health care and emergency assistance is offered. The services are provided to local, low income and other residents who are in need of food, utility, and prescription assistance. In addition, diapers and hygiene products are also available. If you need medical care, Health for Friends clinic offers quality health care services for people who might not be able to otherwise have access to health care because they cannot afford health insurance, or can’t pay medical bills. Learn more on national health care programs.

Money Management International

Lubbock homeowners and consumers can receive foreclosure advice and counseling, information on mortgage programs, and debt reduction from this agency. Dial (888) 845-5669.

Financial assistance with bills, rent, housing, and other basic needs in Lubbock Texas

Life Run Center for Independent Living - Services and assistance administered includes independent living skills, Nursing Home Relocation services, advocacy, Social Security Payee Services, information & referral, government benefits planning, vocational programs, housing, home for life, Olmstead vouchers, and comprehensive electric and energy bill assistance. 4902 34th Street, Suite 5, Lubbock, Texas 79410, call (806)795-5433

Catholic Family Services CFS – Administers utility and energy bill assistance for Lubbock families, if they meet conditions. They include the family must have income; need to have a child in the house, and more. 102 Avenue J, Lubbock, Texas 79401, phone (806)765-8475

Neighborhood House operates across the county. Several churches and other social service organizations are working together to help the poor, low income, and unemployed. A big focus is on basic needs, and this will be free food, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance programs. Some emergency financial aid may be available from time to time from this Lubbock charity. Families can receive help with rent, energy bills, or applications to the Comprehensive Energy Assistance (CEAP) Program in Texas. More.

Family Promise of Lubbock, or Interfaith Hospitality, provides referrals and uses volunteers to support low income families. They help with homeless prevention, can offer shelter, transitional housing and other assistance. Financial aid for bills such as rent or electricity is limited and is mostly from referrals to loan programs and similar options. Call 806-744-5035, or find Family Promise of Lubbock programs.

Lubbock County emergency eviction help and rapid rehousing is available using grants. Qualified tenants as well as homeless individuals can receive everything from free motel vouchers to funds for paying rent or water bills. Other aid from HPRP may be shelters or case management. More information.

Utility and cooling bill assistance - Lubbock is served by two non-profit organizations. They can provide repairs to heating or cooling equipment and also direct financial assistance for paying bills as part of the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). There is also a crisis component as well for those lower income families who are faced with a disconnection. Read more.




Basic needs, such as clothes and holiday assistance, is provided by regional clothing closets. Several thrift stores can also help Lubbock County families. What is available will change throughout the year as they depend on donations. However the non-profits may have free school supplies, work clothes, Christmas gifts and toys for children, and vouchers. More on clothing closets in Lubbock County.

Free holiday programs - Residents of Lubbock County can get help at Christmas and Thanksgiving. There are places that pass out free Christmas presents and toys along with food. Immigrants and Spanish speaking families can apply too. Or drop in for a free Thanksgiving turkey dinner or Christmas meal. Continue with free holiday and Christmas help in Lubbock County.

Housing programs - There are several organizations that focus on homeless and eviction prevention. They may offer everything from emergency one time rent help, landlord/tenant mediation or funds to pay a security deposit on a new, low income apartment. Find a listing of Lubbock rental assistance agencies.

City of Lubbock Community Agency

The Lubbock County Texas community action agency is made up of multiple organizations that partner together. They offer various assistance programs and services including weatherization, which helps save on energy bills. The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) provides cash grants for paying utilities such as electric bills. The agency can refer individuals to rental assistance and low income housing too.

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is an annual allotment given by the federal government. It may be able to provide financial assistance, low interest loans for bills or deposits and counseling. Many other programs are offered as well.

Much of the rental assistance is paid for by the Emergency Solutions Grant. However, the agency to call for funds from this ESG program, including for information on security deposits, is the Lubbock Texas based Family Promise (phone 806-744-5035). Other Community Action Agency programs include home repairs, help for victims of domestic violence, and energy conservation. Find more details on community action in Lubbock.

Community clinics

Some of the clinics in the county include Lubbock Children Health Clinic (dial (806) 749-3800), Larry Combest Community Health Center ((806) 743-2255), and the Community Health Center of Lubbock ((806) 765-2611). Most of these sites will help low income and people with poor health insurance coverage, or no insurance. Many services are offered based on a patients ability to pay medical bills. Or locate additional Lubbock clinics.





Food pantries

Call any of the following for free food, groceries, or other household products, which may be offered. The list below is just a sampling of the non-profits that are available for low income and/or struggling residents. There are other charities to try as well. If the food banks below can’t help you, find more food pantries in Lubbock Texas.

  • First Baptist Church - Lubbock (806) 747-0281
  • Green Lawn Church of Christ - (806) 795-4377
  • Mission Lubbock - (806) 687-8452
  • South Plains Church of Christ - (806) 794-3594


By Jon McNamara

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