Victoria County assistance programs.
Rent help and weatherization services
The Community Action Committee of Victoria is a non-profit agency that offers programs and resources for county residents. Among other services they offer include weatherization and rent help. Feel free to call them at 361/578-2989 to apply for aid or get more information on these and other services.
The federal government stimulus program has provided almost $3 million in aid to Victoria County. Almost $500,000 of that will be provided to residents to help them pay their rent. In addition to paying for rent, the money can be used for utility bills, security deposits, and other housing expenses.
Both the federal government and the Community Action Committee of Victoria have decided that helping tenants pay their monthly rent, especially in today's challenging economic climate, might help them keep roofs over their heads during a time when a growing number of families lack them, or the money will definitely reduce the number of people who are evicted.
Weatherization in Victoria Texas
Almost $2 million dollars of aid is flowing for weatherization. This will help people lower their energy bills, in some cases by up to $500 per year. The program is free to eligible participants.
Some of the improvements and upgrades from weatherization include such improvements as:
- Adding caulking and extra insulation to the home.
- Money can be used to replace bathtubs, toilets, and showers with water-efficient versions. Learn more about how to get help with water bills.
- The program will replace aging windows with energy-efficient ones, all at no cost to the client.
The community action agency also offers other assistance programs. They range from free food from pantries to medical assistance and care for seniors. Contact them at 361-578-2989 to learn more or apply to any program. Read more Community Action Committee of Victoria.
Food pantries in Victoria County Texas
The churches and centers below may have free or low cost food, meals, perishable items, and even other aid like clothing or household items. Some locations will also distribute meals around Thanksgiving or Christmas. Volunteers may deliver meals to the homebound too.
- Encounter Community Outreach, 1604 E. Crestwood Dr., Victoria, Texas 77901, call 361-573-5930
- Faith Family Church has a food pantry too. Call 361-573-2484
- First Baptist Church of Yoakum is based at 202 E. Grand, Yoakum, TX 77995, phone number is 361-293-2319
St. Joseph Catholic Church, 210 Schrimscher, Yoakum, Texas 77995, call 361-293-3518
- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church – Only provides food in the area from Port Lavaca Hwy. to Red River Street. 105 N. William St., Victoria, Texas 77901, dial 361-575-3813
Programs for paying bills and rent
Mid-Coast Family Services is located at 120 S. Main, Ste. 310, Victoria, Texas 77901, phone 361-575-7842. The non-profit may be able to provide limited amounts of emergency rental assistance to low-income individuals and families in the region.
Salem Village Apartments is low income housing. Water may be included in the monthly rent as well. 5201 John Stockbauer, Victoria, Texas 77904, phone 361-576-6170
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church – Members of the immediate area around the parish may be able to get help for rent and housing. Utility bill assistance can include electricity, cooling and water bills. Last, but not least, receive food or meals. Dial 361-575-2293, or click here for more details on Texas utility bill assistance.
Victoria Salvation Army is the local branch of the nation’s leading charity. The center is at 1302 N. Louis, Victoria, TX 77901, phone 361-576-1297. The center has a number of emergency assistance programs and social services for the poor and low income. Seasonal resources include Thanksgiving meals or Christmas assistance. Cash assistance may be offered to make a partial rent or electric bill payment. Other assistance programs include a food pantry, referrals, shelter, and information on job training. Read Victoria Texas Salvation Army emergency assistance.
Christ's Kitchen is a food pantry and nutrition site. Anyone who is hungry can get meals or food. Hot lunches are served, and there are no limits or restrictions in place. Also the center may have one time prescription medication only for those with a crisis. 611 E. Warren, Victoria, Texas 77901, call 361-578-4233