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Eviction prevention programs and help for the homeless in Texas.

While almost every charity or non-profit in Texas wants to prevent homelessness, there are several organizations that help with housing issues and may offer eviction assistance. Many of the agencies will also try to rehouse those that need an affordable, low income house or apartment to live in.

While the programs listed below will vary based on organization and funding levels, families may qualify for emergency rental assistance, free legal advice, and more. The homeless in Texas may receive funds to pay a security deposit or access to transitional housing solutions. Agencies will often partner with the federal government as part of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission referral service can direct tenants to these programs. This allows the non-profits to offer numerous resources, including grants for a deposit or maybe a back rent expense.

The referral service from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, or THHSC, is a key partner. They have information on local partners that administrate many of the programs at the state level, and work with numerous local charities, non-profits, and even churches in Texas. They provide funding across the state as part of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP) and many other housing programs.

As a form of eviction assistance, note that the demand for any type of rent help is very high in Texas. Each agency will have a strict application process in place, and the funding is limited. Priority for any one time rental assistance will tend to be for those that are considered most at risk if they were to be homeless. This can include the elderly, households with very young children, and/or the disabled.

If a non-profit organization can’t meet your needs, they may have referrals. For example, applicants may have access to other services such as free legal support as a form of eviction defense or they may receive referrals to zero percent interest loan programs. So while not every applicant can be assisted, other forms of rental support may be offered in Texas.

Currently homeless residents can get information on shelters, short term transitional housing and other solutions. There are hundreds of units across Texas. Some housing sites may be focused on veterans or domestic violence victims. Others focus on assisting families that have a short term crisis that lead to their eviction. So the conditions of those programs will vary as well.




When the overnight shelters in Texas are full, a social service agency may issue a free motel or hotel voucher to the homeless family. This form of assistance will focus on someone that was evicted and that is otherwise vulnerable, including a single mom or dad, disabled person, or senior. Find hotel vouchers for homeless families.

Self-sufficiency is offered whether applying for rental help or for those that are homeless today. Social workers or case managers will partner with that individual. They will work to address the cause of the eviction or hardship. Workshops and sessions will touch upon employment needs, job training, and improving things such as credit scores. Almost all non-profits will require this in order to receive any type of homeless or rehousing assistance.

After the situation has been stabilized, there may be grants from agencies in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission database or a charity to pay for a portion of a security deposit or move in cost. Individuals will be placed into transitional housing, and then eventually into a long term, permanent home or low income apartment. They will also explore possible solutions such as interest free loans or the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

It is more likely to qualify for eviction prevention services in Texas once stability has been achieved. Due to limited funding, if an applicant has the ability to pay future housing costs on their own, it is more likely they will be provided money in an emergency to hold them over. Many other options are available as well, and locate resources for rental assistance.

For those that qualify, the programs in Texas provide any rental payments directly to the tenant’s landlord or apartment manager. The application process will take time and proof is needed. So for individuals with an eviction notice and that need emergency assistance, they need to account for this timeline.

Many of the homeless prevention services available in Texas can apply to homeowners as well as tenants. So there can be counseling or possible financial aid for anyone who is on the verge of eviction or foreclosure. After all, the main goal is to reduce or eliminate homelessness in the state.

Texas local county homeless prevention programs

Dozens of charities and human service agencies coordinate eviction prevention services for the working poor, as listed below. There are also local, countywide programs that offer money for paying security deposits, legal aid, and other homeless prevention programs.





ESG homeless prevention is offered in many counties. Funds may be issued in Harris, Dallas, Collin and Fort Bend County for paying a number of housing expenses. Emergency money may be available for rent to stop an eviction, there may be tenant mediation offered or free legal aid. ESG may also help with utility or rental deposits. For non-profits that may have resources, dial 877-541-7905

Agencies that offer housing support or eviction prevention services

Abilene Regional MHMR Center
2616 S. Clack Street
Abilene, Texas 79606
Phone: (325) 690-5133 or (325) 690-5131
Counties covered are Taylor, Jones, Callahan, Shackelford, and Stephens

Any Baby Can (Travis County)
1121 East 7th St.
Austin, Texas 78702
Telephone number is (512) 454-3743

Caritas of Austin
611 Neches
Austin, Texas 78701
Call (512) 479-4610
Provides assistance in Travis County.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc. (Region 3)
249 W Thornhill
Fort Worth, Texas 76115
Phone: (817) 534-0814
Counties - Cooke, Wise, Denton, Palo Pinto, Parker, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Somervell

Catholic Charities of Central Texas
1625 Rutherford Ln
Austin, Texas 78754
Call the center at (512) 651-6100
Counties supported are Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson.

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. - Archangels Men's Network
1421 W Mockingbird Ln,
Dallas, Texas 75247
Telephone - (214) 520-6590
Counties are Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Kaufman, Ellis, and Navarro.
What may be provided includes referral to shelters, government grants for paying back rent to stop evictions, and case management.





Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fort Worth,
249 W Thornhill
Fort Worth, Texas 76115
Main number is (817) 534-0814
Social services and possible rent assistance to stop an eviction is offered in Hardeman, Foard, Knox, Wilbarger, Baylor, Throckmorton, Shackelford, Wichita, Archer, Young, Stephens, and Eastland County.

Christian Community Action
Location is 200 S Mill St
Lewisville, Texas 75057
Main phone number is (972) 219-4389 or (972) 221-1224
Denton County

City of Brownsville of Cameron County
P.O. Box 911
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Main number is (956) 548-6150

Planning and Community Development City of Dallas
1500 Marilla Ste 4EN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Call (214) 670-3297

Dallas County MHMR Center
Main address is 1380 River Bend Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75247
Main phone number is (214) 743-1200

East Texas Crisis Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 7060
Tyler, Texas 75711
Dial the center at (903) 509-2526
Counties are Smith, Henderson, Van Zandt, Wood, Rains

El Paso Center for Children, Inc.
2200 N. Stevens Street
El Paso, Texas 79930
Telephone - (915) 565-8361
Covers the El Paso County region and local towns.

El Paso Coalition for the Homeless
6044 Gateway Blvd E Ste 211
El Paso, TX 79905
Main number is (915) 843-2170
El Paso County

Community Services Families In Crisis, Inc.
Mailing address is P.O. Box 25
Killeen, Texas 76540
Phone: (254) 634-1184
Counties - Bell, Coryell

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
7911 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Dial (210) 930-3669
Supports Bexar County.

Grayson County Juvenile Alternatives, Inc.
P.O. Box 1625
Sherman, Texas 75091
(903) 893-4717
Counties - Grayson, Fannin, Cooke

Houston Area Urban League, Inc.
1301 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas 77002
Call (713) 393-8700
County - Fort Bend, Harris
Supports minorities and low income families of all races. Housing solutions, access to free legal support for eviction prevention, and one time rent help may be coordinated in the Houston Texas area.

Project Coordinator Houston Area Women's Center
Location is 1010 Waugh Dr.
Houston, Texas 77019
Call the center at (713) 528-6798

Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.
Address is 514 South E. Street
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Main phone - (956) 423-1014
Counties - Cameron, Willacy
The offer food to the homeless, temporary shelter, and referrals to security or utility deposit programs in Texas.

Love Inc. of Nacogdoches
P.O. 630423
Nacogdoches, Texas 75963
Dial (936) 569-8555
This non-profit covers Nacogdoches, Angelina, San Augustine, Shelby, and Sabine





Memorial Assistance Ministries
1625 Blalock Road
Houston, Texas 77080
Phone - (713) 468-4516
Partners with other churches on rehousing and emergency aid. Help is for security deposits, transitional housing and more.

Mid-Coast Family Services, Inc.
Main address is 120 S Main St Ste 175
Victoria, TX 77901
Call (361) 575-7842
Counties - Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria.

Montgomery County Women's Center
1600 Lake Front Circle #100
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Phone number is (281) 292-4155.

NewLife Housing Foundation-Erath County
8453 Lyndon Lane
Austin, Texas 78729
(512) 258-9194
Counties – Erath, Ezequiel Pecina.

NewLife Housing Foundation-Medina County
8453 Lyndon Lane
Austin, Texas 78729
Phone: (512) 258-9194
Supports residents of Medina County.

Newlife Housing of Walker County
8453 Lyndon Lane
Austin, Texas 78729
(512) 258-9194

Randy Sams' Outreach Shelter, Inc.
Main address is 402 Oak Street
Texarkana, Texas 75501
Phone: (903) 792-7024

Salvation Army – Abilene
1726 Butternut
Abilene, Texas 79602
Main phone - (325) 677-1408
Offers social services and housing solutions, including transitional centers, in Taylor, Jones, Callahan, Runnells, and Nolan.

Newlife Housing Foundation-Walker County
8453 Lyndon Lane
Austin, Texas 78729
Telephone - (512) 258-9194
Walker County

Northwest Assistance Ministries
Location is 15555 Kuykendahl Rd.
Houston, Texas 77090
Call (281) 885-4555
Assists both Harris County and Houston.
The charity may have emergency solutions grants from the federal government. This can help families in Texas with rent, job placement, utility bills, and other services to stop evictions and rehouse the homeless.

Randy Sams' Outreach Shelter, Inc.
402 Oak Street
Texarkana, Texas 75501
Phone - (903) 792-7024
Covers Bowie County





The Way Home
Drop in centers are at 1212 Prairie Street, Houston, TX 77002 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Another site is at the McGovern Drop In Center. Address is 1418 Preston Street, Houston, Texas 77002.
Telephone: 713-794-7533
Counties - Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery.

Salvation Army for the DFW Metroplex
8787 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75247
Call the non-profit at (214) 637-8100
The region covered is Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, and Tarrant County. Shelter, low income housing, food, emergency loans for security deposits or paying rental expenses, and other aid is for families with pay or quit notices.

Salvation Army-Tyler Smith County
633 N Broadway Ave
Tyler, Texas 75702
Call (903) 592-4361

Salvation Army-Waco
1225 Jack Kultgen Freeway
Waco, Texas 76703
Phone number is (254) 756-7271
Counties supported - McLennan, Falls, Bosque, Hill, Limestone, and Freestone Texas.

San Antonio Metropolitan Ministry, Inc.
Main address is 5254 Blanco Road
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Call (210) 340-0302
Supports Bexar County.
Funds for first months rent or paying a deposit are combined with referrals and information on low income housing.

2505 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone – (713) 739-7752
Helps residents of Harris County.

Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc.
Mailing address is P.O. Box 2337
Mt. Pleasant, Texas 75456
Telephone number is (903) 572-0973
Supports counties Titus, Camp, Morris, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Red River, Delta.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
Location is 301 South Texas Avenue,
Mercedes, TX 78570
Main number is (956) 996-8752
Supports - El Paso County
Free legal support for tenants facing eviction or the homeless.

The Children's Center - Galveston Island Community Center
Location is 4700 Broadway
Galveston, Texas 77551
Dial 844-763-8861
County covered is Galveston.
An eviction and homeless prevention service is available. Everything from case management to rehousing, shelters, and other support is provided.

The Family Place
Address is P.O. Box 7999
Dallas, Texas 75209
Dial (214) 559-2170
Supports Dallas County







Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas., Inc.
Office address is 4315 South Lancaster Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75216
For information, dial (214) 915-4600
The center supports Dallas County.
The local community action agency. There may be help for single moms, seniors, people facing eviction from their apartment, the disabled, and less fortunate.

Wesley Community Center, Inc. of Houston, Texas
Location is 1410 Lee Street
Houston, Texas 77009
Main phone number is (713) 223-8131
Covers all of Harris County

Youth and Family Alliance
Address: 8913 Collinfield Dr,
Austin, Texas 78758
Phone: (512) 735-2400
Travis County Agency.

By Jon McNamara

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