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Assistance programs in San Antonio

Locate information on financial assistance programs in San Antonio Texas. Qualified low income residents, and others who need help, may be able to get rental assistance, money for energy bills, food, health care, and other assistance. The programs below are for the greater city of San Antonio. To find more resources that cover the entire county as well as parts of the city, find other Bexar County assistance programs.

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) Social Services, which can be reached at (210)223-6648, can offer emergency food, limited financial assistance for rent and utilities, clothing, and refer families to government programs, non-profit agencies and charities in the San Antonio area.

San Antonio Community Action Program works in partnership with the City of San Antonio's Department of Community Initiatives. Together these non-profit government run organizations offer several different financial assistance programs for qualified low to moderate income and unemployed city residents who need temporary assistance. They focus on utility bills, but can also advice individuals on other options. Get help with making utility bill payments if you are in imminent danger of service termination. Some of the energy assistance programs administered are Project WARM, REAP (Residential Energy Assistance Program) and its Emergency Response Component. The main office is located at 2805 E. Commerce St. and can be called at (210) 207-7830.

Bexar County Department of Community Investment - The County offers San Antonio Texas residents temporary utility assistance programs. Money to help pay utility bills can be provided to prevent disconnection of service for nonpayment. Programs run by the program include Bexar Utility Relief Program, Energy Crisis Program, Elderly/Disabled Assistance Program, Co-Pay Program; and Emergency Nutrition and Food. (210) 335-3666.

One of the leading agencies in San Antonio to call for help is Center For Working Families. They offer rent assistance, emergency energy bill help, and money to pay water bills. (210) 207-7830

  • Emergency Rental Assistance - If someone is undergoing a short term crisis they may qualify. They must have the ability to soon pay future rent. The landlord needs to be willing to negotiate and cooperate. Certain income guidelines also need to be met. If these conditions occur, help for paying rent may be provided. No money is available for past rent.





  • Energy bill assistance is covered from two different resources, one being Project WARM and also the Project REAP (CPS) program. Aid is only available for seniors 60+ years, or for those families with children 16 years or younger and in school. It can also help those with a medical condition. The cash grants from these programs may only be used to pay bills.
  • Water Assistance - Again, only for people with an unexpected emergency. They need to show the ability to soon be able to resume payments on their own. The applicant must have a disconnect notice.
  • Water repairs from the Plumbers to People Program - Several organizations have partnered together, including San Antonio Water Systems, the City of San Antonio, as well as the Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors (PHCC) and the Association of Plumbing Distributors. Low income individuals can get access to repairs.

San Antonio Catholic Charities is a religious/church organization that can provide community-based support, financial assistance, counseling and resources to individuals and families with personal and financial crises. For example, limited direct financial assistance is available to pay utility bills and housing. (210) 222-1294

San Antonio Department of Community Initiatives can offer emergency rent help, security deposit assistance, first months rent, and utility deposits. All of this is offered as part of the Homelessness Prevention program. In addition, credit counseling and moving expenses are included. Dial (210) 207-7830.

Additional financial assistance programs and resources can be found in Bexar County.


By Jon McNamara

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