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Assistance programs in Van Zandt and Kaufman Texas.

When struggling, find where and how to apply for financial help. The leading churches for free food or clothes, charities that offer emergency rent or utility bill help, and government grant programs in Kaufman County as well as nearby Van Zandt are listed below. Each of the non-profit organizations offers loans, financial aid, free stuff (groceries, medical or dental care, etc.) and other support. Call an agency below to apply for help for paying bills, housing needs, job programs, and more.

Community Services Program Van Zandt County, which is located on 670 West Dallas Street in Canton Texas and can be reached at (800)831-9929, offers a multitude of assistance programs, including utility and energy bill assistance, emergency rent help, funds for various bills and also access for free weatherization programs and services. You need to apply for help, and all appointments are being handled through the Corsicana Texas office.

To expands upon the programs and resources offered to the low income, Direct Client Services that are offered by the community action agency provide both financial assistance with limited shelter, tuition, fees and books for individuals seeking degrees/training certificates, and on site specialists can provide counseling, advice, and referrals. Also access limited gasoline assistance that may be available for traveling 25 miles or greater one way for college/training, and also one time emergency medical transportation with documentation to appointments 50 miles or greater one way.

Grants and help from utility companies can be offered, and counselors refer people to programs, including those from Kinetic Energy, TXU, Reliant, SWEPCO (American Electric Power Co.), Cirro, Star Texas Power, Gexa Energy, Direct Energy, Entergy, FEC Electric, Freedom Power, Tarn Energy, Wood County Co-op, Texas Power, and Trinity Valley Electric Co-op. Or get details on and find other Texas energy bill assistance programs.

Call the Community Services Program Van Zandt County at (903) 872-2401.

Van Community Ministries - While they mostly provide free food from a food pantry, the center also offers EFSP funds for helping to pay rent and utilities when available.





Emergency Aid- Kaufman County and Terrell Texas is offered at the Senior Citizens Center. The program can offer emergency assistance for Kaufman County residents only in the region. Limited funding. Dial (972)563-1421.

The Regional Community Action Agency supports both Kaufman and Van Zandt County as well as several other towns and cities. The non-profit can provide financial assistance for utility and electric bills, applications to government programs such as SSI disability or food stamps, and much more. A key focus is on stopping evictions, and there may be occasional funds for paying back rent, delinquent energy bills, or even a security deposit. Case managers from Community Services also offer guidance to clients. Click more information.

First Baptist Church Forney - Only helps Forney area residents. The church provides family and individual counseling as well as grants and financial assistance for citizens of Forney Texas only. Some of the support includes money for rent/ mortgage as well as energy and utility bill assistance on a case by case basis to the low income. Call (972)552-3357.

Housing and rent assistance - This is a service in Kaufman County. Tenants facing eviction, as well as other low income families, may be provided assistance. Both grants and loans may be issued by non-profits, charities or churches, and the federal government. Find how to apply and get more information on rental assistance in Kaufman County.

Free or low cost health care

Terrell Health Services offers medical care to anyone, regardless of income or insurance status. Some of the programs include general check ups, breast exams, Pap smears, birth control, pregnancy testing, HIV testing, male and female infections. Call (972)563-7571.

Non-financial aid

The Share Center of Terrell TX ((972)551-1729) is a not for profit agency that will provide education and services to the low income through computer classes as well as job referrals, counseling, career counseling and advice, and continuing education referrals. Will also offer parenting education, debt reduction, advice for debt collectors, and budgeting advice.




Food pantries and distribution centers

Christian Soldiers Food Pantry (Edgewood (903)662-9108), Flatwood Assembly Food Pantry (Ben Wheeler (903)833-5897), Manna Inc. of Van Zandt County of Canton Texas ((903)567-6107). Another option is First Assembly Of God Church ((972)524-5404), which runs a food pantry, the local Angel Food Ministries programs, and also offers low cost food assistance.

By Jon McNamara

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