Taylor County assistance programs.

Locate rent and housing assistance

Two local charities and nonprofit organizations in the Abilene Texas area were provided over $500,000 in federal stimulus government funds to help families and individuals avoid homelessness and also provide rent assistance to people in need.

The groups provided the funds were the Salvation Army ((325) 673-0223) of Taylor County. The funds were issued to the charity from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The money came from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Assistance Program. The federal government money, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is meant to fund two years worth of housing assistance.

Unfortunately in today’s economy it is fairly common for people to be struggling with housing costs, or maybe experience a disruption in housing, so these two organizations will be able to use the federal money to pay for back rent, rental deposits, utility bills, and other rent assistance while families get back on their feet.

The assistance program will give either short-term or medium-term rental assistance, moving cost assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services, such as mediation, rent and energy bill assistance, case management and even non-profit credit counseling services. While the program is not intended to be a long-term form of support and is not a “never ending” program, financial assistance is limited up to a still long period of 18 months.

Assistance from the Love and Care Ministries

Love and Care Ministries, which is located in Abilene, has decided to provide more aid by changing its focus to focusing on more of a back-to-basics approach in terms of helping people with essential items, such as food, small amounts of rent assistance, and funds for utility bills. Phone (325) 670-0246.





Emergency financial help

FaithWorks is an organization specializes in helping people get a better, professional career, and also may help with job training. Phone (325) 437-2272.

First Baptist Church’s City Light Community Ministries - This charity can also provide some limited funds for energy bills, food, and maybe some housing costs. Funding is limited, but money may be available for bills.

Christian Service Center’s Operation Blue Jeans runs a program that has helped provide children with clothing and various types of school supplies. They also refer people to other solutions such as Texas dental clinics. Phone 325.673.7531.

City Light Community Ministries supports Abilene Texas and the portion of Taylor County that falls in that jurisdiction. The non-profits address is 336 Hickory St. A combination of privately raised funds or government grants can help with rent, utility bills, or security deposits. There may even be free bus passes for local travel, such as to a job interview. Dial 325-673-6686.

Community Action Program, Inc. of Taylor County - This local non-profit can offer low income and others who need help a variety of assistance programs. They provide short term support and resources to aid people in becoming self-sufficient.

Learn about and apply for programs for paying utility bills, weatherization, or free food programs. CAP in Abilene also is a great source for information. Families living in poverty can also learn about both Texas and federal government assistance programs. Read more Community Action Program of Taylor County.





Abilene Texas area transitional housing is available for the homeless and low income. Clients can receive a place to stay as well as assistance in locating permanent housing. Other resources that may be offered include job training, free food, and other self-sufficiency programs. Read more.

Abilene and Taylor County food pantries and soup kitchens

Over 20 different sites provide families with free food, groceries, or serve hot meals. Volunteers also provide information on SNAP food stamp applications and other support services. In general, a pantry provides non-financial help, such as groceries, clothes, or Christmas meals or toys too. A focus is on those that are living in poverty, but crisis situations are addressed too.

City Light Ministries has a soup kitchen and food pantry. Call 673-6686.

Christian Ministries of Abilene has perishable food, vouchers for meals including at Christmas, and even a back to school donation service. The charity is on Walnut Street, and dial 673-1234.

Several other charities help feed families or individuals. Locate more Taylor County food pantries.



By Jon McNamara

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