McLennan County assistance programs.

There are several charities and non-profit agencies that provide help for utility bills, rent, free food, and health care in McLennan County and Waco Texas. Below you will find who to contact for hel and how to apply for assistance. These organizations, whether churches, charities, or government agencies can also refer people to both federal and state of Texas assistance programs.

Supplemental and emergency food

If you need a little extra food for yourself or your family, contact Caritas of Waco at 254-753-4593. This non-profit charity agency provides low income, the unemployed, and other local families with emergency and supplemental food assistance, and all people in need of help may be able to receive aid. Dial 254-753-4593.

Resources for heath care expenses

If you have cancer, the Community Cancer Association (phone number 254-202-8082) provides financial assistance and help with paying medical bills to cancer patients for medications, supplies, every day living expenses and transportation.




Another free health care clinic in the area is the Family Health Center. Volunteer doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel have teamed together to provide primary health care services and offer free medical care to the vulnerable and under served in McLennan County. Some patents may need to pay for their medical and hospital bills on a sliding scale, while others will receive no cost health care. You can dial 254-750-8390 to learn more or to make an appointment.

Grants and financial assistance for paying bills

One agency that administers several different assistance programs is the McLennan and Waco Texas Salvation Army. They offer a wide variety of programs to those in need of help. If you apply and are found to be eligible, you may be able to receive financial assistance for paying your rent, utility bills, receive access to a food pantry, and also receive support from a holiday program, such as Christmas gifts and holiday meals. Call the Salvation Army at 254-756-7271. Read more.





One of the leading social service agencies in the area is the EOAC of Planning Region XI. This is the local Waco Texas based community action agency that services people throughout McLennan County. While the agency does offer some short term help for paying bills, they also want to ensure that people and families become self-sufficient over the long term.

Some of the resources and services they offer include help for paying utility bills, access to rent assistance programs, debt and credit counseling and repair, and even advice on how to deal with a home foreclosure. A major focus is on helping individual in McLennan gain stability, and this includes employment and increased educational skills.

While financial help may be offered, it is rare and relies on federal government grants. However, the center may offer housing assistance, maybe including funds for paying security deposits, from the TBRA - Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program. Or utility bill assistance is provided by CEAP. In some cases, the non-profit EOAC will direct clients to low interest loans for certain expenses. The agency can be reached at (254) 753-0331. Continue with Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation financial assistance.

Assistance from food pantries, clothing closets, and soup kitchens is available. Locations in McLennan County help feed the working poor and provide clothing to children, job seekers, and others. Everything from holiday meals to school supplies and boxes of groceries are passed out.

  • Shephard Heart Church provides food, Christmas meals, and more. Dial 254-829-6016.
  • Saint Francis in Waco. Call 254-752-3254.
  • One-Stop Resource Center helps families with kids, including applications to SNAP food stamps.
  • Other aid is also provided. Locate McLennan County food banks and pantries.




One-Stop Resource Center provides assistance to people under the age of 19 only. There may be transportation, free food, clothing, and help in locating housing or affordable accommodations in Waco. The address is 5034 Franklin Avenue, or call 254-548-9982.

Care Center Services is the McLennan Benevolence Ministry. They offer a number of emergency services for qualified residents, as funding allows. There may be grants for paying Atmos Gas or electric bills, or even water expenses. Other support may be funds for utilities, free food, diapers, or vouchers for medications or gasoline as well. The address is 3014 Maple Waco, TX 76707. Call 254-754-8923, or find more details on McLennan Benevolence Ministry emergency programs.

Housing and rent assistance programs

Find information on other churches, charities, and non-profits that provide emergency rent and housing assistance in McLennan County Texas. Click here to find phone numbers and addresses of places to apply at for help.



By Jon McNamara

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