Potter County assistance programs.

Get help with paying heating bills

A local organization, the Panhandle Community Services, has resources and programs that will assist people with expenses, including energy bills. The organization provides utility and heating bill assistance to those people who find themselves unable to afford to keep their heat on or their utility service connected.

Thousands of people receive aid every year. Last year, Panhandle Community Services assisted over 70,000 people across the region in numerous ways. Some people received food, debt counseling, rent help, counseling, prescriptions, and more. Out of that number, close to 10,000 of those received help paying utility bills.

Heating and cooling programs

This is another component of the energy bill assistance program, and it allows the community action agency to repair or replace various household appliances such as Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Gas Heaters, Water Heaters and Furnaces. Not all applicants will be able to qualify for this applicant repair or replacement service since they calculate the income used for energy costs, and the household income of the applicant needs to fall within a certain percentage range.




Community Outreach Services and emergency aid in Potter County

This is a the general name given to some of the wide ranging assistance that is offered by the organization. The Panhandle Community Services agency administers Salvation Army funds, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), State and Federal government grants, Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Case Management program. When combined they offer low to moderate income people numerous ways to get help.

Another component they offer is counseling and advice. They can refer and advice people on housing issues, debt programs, and even guide people to mortgage and foreclosure prevention programs. For example, an applicant may be assigned to a counselor who can provide tips on repairing credit or reducing credit card or medical debt. Read more on credit card help.

The community services agency has several offices around the area, but are headquartered in Amarillo. Contact them at (806) 372-2531. Read more Panhandle Community Services.





Meals, food, and free groceries

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church – Offers a food pantry. Applicants need to meet and be referred by a social worker to the pantry. The center is only open very limited hours. Main number is 806-359-9483

Bethesda Outreach Center is located at 1101 Fritch Highway, Amarillo, Texas 79108. Seasonal programs provide Thanksgiving food and meals, as well as school supplies. Food assistance and a clothing pantry are also offered. Phone 806-381-0361

Perkins Community Service Center – One time assistance is offered for people with a catastrophic event or disaster, such as fire, loss of job, or death of spouse. Food and clothing may be distributed. Phone number is 806-372-3954

Cornerstone Outreach Center of Amarillo, Inc. – Food baskets and boxes are offered for needy individuals or families. Phone 806-381-2131

Catholic Family Service, Inc. – Runs a food store for people aged 55 and older or disabled individuals. Deliveries are made to the homebound too. Financial and debt counseling is offered, and referrals are also provided. A Christmas Basket with meals and food items are provided to clients in December of each year. Address is 200 South Tyler, Amarillo, TX 79101, phone 806-376-4571

Church of Christ-Amarillo, 1401 S Monroe, Amarillo, TX 79101

Comanche Trail Church of Christ also distributes food and meals. Location is 2700 East 34th Street, Amarillo, Texas 79103.

Southwest Church of Christ – Offers used clothing, food, and furniture to qualified individuals. You need to make an appointment to apply. 806-352-5647




Washington Avenue Christian Church food pantry is available at 806-352-1307

Several other soup kitchens and food pantries are in the region. Even if one of these locations can’t satisfy the request of the family, then they may offer referrals, including to food stamp intake sites. More on Amarillo food pantries.

Potter County emergency financial and cash assistance

Circle of Friends (Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center) – May have limited emergency financial assistance to current cancer patients who are getting help from the Harrington Cancer Center. Applicants need to fall into that category. Limited funds and cash assistance is available for expenses and bills such as lodging, mortgage, travel, utilities, prescribed nutritional supplements, rent, take-home prescriptions, breast prostheses and other special needs. All applications are reviewed on a one off, case by case basis. 1500 Wallace Boulevard, Amarillo, Texas 79106, phone 806-359-4673

Amarillo Salvation Army – Offers several resources, including rent assistance and homeless prevention. Other items provided include free food and/or low cost clothing. Other financial assistance is offered for paying rent, utilities such as electric, gas or water bills, and medications. Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner and meals are served seasonally. A Christmas program can provide gifts, clothes, and similar items, and is known as The Angel Tree. School items may be provided too. 400 South Harrison, Amarillo, TX 79101, dial 806-373-6631. More details on Salvation Army programs Amarillo Texas.

Potter County housing solutions are available. Tenants facing eviction can apply for one time rent help, there are shelters and security deposit assistance programs for rehousing, legal aid, and more. All of the assistance for housing is intended to reduce the number of homeless in the community. More on rent help in Potter County.

Central Church of Christ-Amarillo – Offers outreach services. This can include Automobile Gas Assistance and voucher cards (with valid Auto Insurance and Driver's License) and/or utility payment assistance. Phone 806-373-4389. Or click here for additional social services in Texas.

Medical care and health clinics

Regence Health Network, Inc. – This clinic provides basic medical and dental care to homeless individuals including diabetes medication, immunizations, and general wellness exams. Location is 200 South Tyler, Amarillo, Texas 79101, phone number is 806-345-7917





Northwest Texas Healthcare System – An eligibility process is in place. However upon verification of eligibility by the Financial Needs Assessment Center, the system may be able to provide comprehensive uncompensated health care to patients. Location is 814 Martin Road, Amarillo, TX 79107, phone umber is 806-351-7200

Coalition of Health Services, Inc. – Individuals with no health insurance, and who have chronic illnesses or diagnoses, can receive help. Free or low cost health care is limited to people whose total income is at 150% of the federal poverty level or lower. The coalition also may have information on other medical bill assistance programs. More.

Regence Health Network, Inc. – A number of primary medical and dental services are offered by this clinic, including diabetes management; obstetrics, geriatrics; family planning; dental services include: check-ups, x-rays, dentures, root canals and cleaning; well-child checkups and immunizations, and even prescription services. Center is at 824 North Martin Rd, Amarillo, Texas 79107, call 806-374-7341


By Jon McNamara

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