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Southwest Texas assistance programs.

Financial help for food, bills, and housing

Community Council of Southwest Texas, Inc. offers several services and assistance programs for low income families and migrant/farm workers. There are several offices in the region as noted below. Programs are offered for all income qualified residents in the area, including Edwards, Real, and Zavala County.

  • Utility bill assistance can help those households facing a disconnection. A partial payment may be made, as funding allows.
  • The non-profit can also process applications for weatherization. This was created to help low income and working poor families save on their household energy costs. Local contractors use federal government funds install new windows, doors, appliances, heating systems, insulation, caulk, and more.
  • Housing programs include section 8 vouchers as well as eviction prevention services.
  • Low income families, seniors, and children can access a pantry.
  • Case management, information on job training, and education.

The main office is at 713 E. Main, Uvalde, Texas, 78802-1709, (830) 278-6268. However, as indicated, they support all of southwest Texas, provided income and other conditions are me by applicants.

The Community Council of South Central Texas is another regional non-profit agency for struggling families in Val Verde and nearby towns. They offer aid from the block grant program, which is paid for by federal government funds. This organization may also offer information on local resources, state of Texas, and other state and local government assistance programs.

Work with a case manager to deal with a long term solution to your hardship. The agency works to end the cycle of poverty and/or homelessness. While you partner with a specialist from the agency, explore emergency assistance programs such as food, rent and energy bill help, and more.

Other self-sufficiency type resources are available, such as information on regional job training programs in Edwards County. Immigrants and other can also enroll into education programs, such as GED training and English as a second language. The Community Council is located at 1040 E. Court Street, Seguin, Texas 78155, call (830) 303-4376.




The Salvation Army also has offices in southwestern Texas. They help the less fortunate both nationwide and locally. Numerous social service, referrals, and emergency aid is provided too. If the location can’’t help you, then the office may have referrals to other programs in the region.

They run a food pantry in partnership with other local charities. While very limited, financial aid may be offered as a last resort for people facing homelessness or a disconnection of their power. Christmas and holiday meals and gifts may be served as well. A focus is on seniors, low income families with children, and the disabled. One of the main offices is at 500 Jefferson St, Kerrville, Texas. Call (830) 896-5455.

Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries provides free emergency food box assistance. The non-profit can provide the less fortunate with food and resources such as clothing, groceries, household items, Thanksgiving meal box, adult diapers, personal hygiene items, Ensure, and low sugar groceries for diabetics. Some of the items and assistance can even be delivered by Family Mentors to families and individuals in need. In addition, low cost, gently used clothing and furniture/household items are available. The agency focuses on helping people gain self-sufficiency, employment, and help them get back on their feet. 140 Industrial Dr, Boerne, TX 78006, 830-249-0025

Regional food banks and pantries in southwest Texas

Kinney County Church Alliance is a leading non-profit to call for groceries, free food, and maybe holiday assistance. The main center is at 116 West Crockett, Bracketville, TX, 78832. Telephone number is (830)563-2017. They also offer referrals and other support.

Uvalde Food Pantry is based at 211 South Evans, Uvalde, Texas 78801.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry can offer hot meals and bags of groceries to low income families and seniors. PO Box 420125, Del Rio, Texas 78842.




By Jon McNamara

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