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Smith and Gregg County rent assistance.

Find how to get help with rent in Tyler Texas as well as the counties of Smith and Gregg. Families that are struggling, or tenants with an eviction notice, can apply for both short and long term housing assistance from non-profits and government agencies. Or residents can get referrals to other rental assistance programs that may be offered by churches in the region.

Most of the programs will only pay a portion of any rent that is due. Some agencies will also offer other support. This may include funds for a security deposit or they can place families into low income, transitional housing. Another resource available in Smith County are section 8 HUD vouchers, which can help seniors, those in poverty, and the disabled pay their rent.

The primary organizations to contact for a grant in Longview, Tyler, or other areas for assistance are below. Whether it money to pay rent to stop an eviction or maybe legal aid to mediate a solution, resources are available.

Special Health Resources For Texas
1308 Clinic Drive
Tyler, Texas 75701
Main phone – 903-597-7558
The non-profit only assists households with a family member with AIDs or HIV. Emergency rent help, low income apartments, and other support is arranged.

Salvation Army of Tyler and Smith County
Address is 633 North Broadway Ave.
Tyler, TX 75702
Phone – (903)592-4361
Provides assistance for rent across Smith County for tenants with an eviction notice. Other support includes shelter, information on transitional housing, and energy programs.

ETCAP Smith and Gregg County – This is the local Community Action Agency. The non-profit and its case managers have referrals to everything from programs that offer one time rent help to government grants and non-profit loans. Other options are home repairs, weatherization, and more. The main office is in Tyler, and dial (903) 592-3828.




Address - 402 West Front Street
Tyler, Texas, 75702
(903) 597-7284
The Homelessness Prevention Program offers everything from grants for rent to rehousing, which will help pay a security deposit. They also offer supportive housing for the disabled, moving cost help, and maybe even free motel vouchers in addition to funds for back rent.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society
410 South College
Tyler, TX, 75702
The church may have referrals only. Financial aid is not available for rent, but other support may be arranged.

Lone Star Legal Aid ET
Address - 110 North College Suite 302
Tyler, Texas, 75702
Phone: (903) 595-4781
Free legal aid for housing issues, eviction prevention, landlord disputes, applying for benefits such as section 8, and more. Another office is at 140 East Tyler Suite 150, Longview, TX, 75601, and this serves Gregg County.

First Baptist Church of Tyler
412 West Ferguson
Tyler, TX, 75702
(903) 595-1021

Texas Veterans Commission ET
210 East Ferguson
Tyler, TX, 75702
Veterans can learn about benefits, including around housing and rent. Other aid can include survivor benefits, federal grants, employment, and more.

Housing Authority of Tyler
900 West Gentry Pkwy
Tyler, TX, 75702
(903) 531-1303
Runs the section 8 HUD voucher program. This can help seniors and the very low income pay rent. A subsidy is given to them each month for approved housing.




Longview Housing Authority
1202 North 6th Street
Longview, Texas, 75601
(360) 423-0140
Resources include Shelter Plus Care Rental Assistance, Housing Choice Vouchers, Family Self Sufficiency and more.

Longview Community Ministries (LCM)
Address is 506 North 2nd Street
Longview, TX, 75601
Dial (903) 753-3561

Red Shield Social Services
The focus is on providing self-sufficiency to those facing evictions or the homeless. The charity covers both Gregg and Smith County. There may be financial help for rent, and another focus of the church is on domestic violence survivors. The number is 592-4361.

Community Outreach Mission
1014 East Young Street
Longview, TX, 75602
(903) 753-3561
Limited funding for rental assistance. The faith based group may offer referrals, as well, as well as household goods. A focus for any security deposit or rent help is on families with an eviction notice. Funds are limited, so some tenants are given a loan.



By Jon McNamara











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