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Texas Assistance and Aid Programs
You can get assistance and grants in all counties and cities in Texas, including Houston and Dallas. Also, in addition to the state programs listed below, find organizations and charities in Texas that can provide additional assistance with many different types of bills.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) manages the operations of the entire health and human services system that is made up of other agencies, and it also provides administrative oversight of Texas health and human services programs. Assistance programs and grants offered include :
Rental assistance programs offered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) provide rental vouchers to assist those in need with rent payments, and/or assistance with fees and security deposits. Find additional ways to get rent help. More.
Mortgage and Foreclosure Aid
Texas also offers programs that can help you with paying your mortgage and also avoid foreclosure. More.
Texas Medicaid Program
Medicaid is the Federal and State cooperative program that helps provide medical coverage to eligible needy persons. The purpose of Medicaid in the state of Texas is to improve the health of people who might otherwise go without adequate or proper medical care for themselves and their children. There are also ways to get free health care, prescription drugs, and more. Continue.
Food Stamp Program
The Texas Food Stamp Program will helps people with lower incomes and resources buy the food they need for their good health. Food stamps are typically provided to a single family or person who meets the program’s requirements.
Emergency Food Stamps
Emergency food stamps are also sometimes called or known as expedited food stamps because the benefits are given faster to those families and individuals in an emergency situation.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
To receive a TANF grant, a family must be below both resource and income limits that are set for the program. HHSC will look at a family’s income and then compare it with the amount the family pays for bills including basic needs such as utilities, rent, child care, outstanding debts, and other work-related expenses. All resources such as money in the bank, cash on hand, and type of vehicles you own are also considered. Families who are approved for the TANF program will receive cash payments for six months to help with bills and debt. Families who receive TANF benefits can also receive Medicaid benefits. Find additional ways to get help with paying debts.
One-time TANF grant payment will provide a $1,000 payment in cash for families that are in a short term crisis. The purpose of the one-time TANF payment is to help families with a short-term crisis such as:
Loss of a job.
Not being able to get to their jobsite because their vehicle is not working.
Loss of financial support they were receiving for a child, such as loss of child support. The payment can help with paying living expenses (utilities, rent, and food).
Not being able to find a job after graduating from a college, university, junior college or technical training school.
Loss of an apartment or home.
Medical or health care emergency.
Paying off unexpected debts. Also, learn about debt settlement programs. More.
One-Time TANF Grandparent Payment
The One-Time TANF Grandparent Payment is a $1,000 payment in cash that is given to a grandparent who cares for a child receiving TANF.
Receive free legal services. Programs that offer advice and representation are available for qualified low and moderate income Texas residents. Learn more.
Womens Health Program
The Women’s Health Program will provide some Medicaid services to women who are aged from 18 to 44 who have limited incomes. This program will provide one year of assistance / coverage and it can be renewed each year the woman qualifies.
Bell County (Belton)
Bexar County (San Antonio)
Brazoria County (Angleton)
Brazos County (Bryan)
Cameron County (Brownsville)
Cherokee County (Rusk)
Collin County (McKinney)
Comal County (New Braunfels)
Ector County (Odessa)
Ellis County (Waxahachie)
Fort Bend County (Richmond)
Grayson County (Sherman)
Gregg County (Longview)
Guadalupe County (Seguin)
Harris County (Houston)
Harrison County (Marshall)
Henderson County (Athens)
Hidalgo County (Edinburg)
Jefferson County (Beaumont)
Johnson County (Cleburne)
McLennan County (Waco)
Midland County (Midland)
Montgomery County (Conroe)
Navarro County (Corsicana)
Nueces County (Corpus Christi)
Potter County (Amarillo)
Randall County (Canyon)
Smith County (Tyler)
Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
Taylor County (Abilene)
Travis County (Austin)
Washington County (Brenham)
Webb County (Laredo)
Williamson County (Georgetown)
Texas Energy Bill Assistance
Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)
The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is a utility bill assistance program. CEAP was created to help and assist low income households with meeting their immediate energy needs and to also encourage Texas consumers to control energy costs and bills for years to come through energy education and saving energy. The CEAP involves the integration of all LIHEAP-funded programs. This will thereby enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the various services provided to clients and will also eliminate the duplication of services.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which was created primarily to help low income persons is designed to promote energy efficiency and savings in the residences of low income Texans. This assistance program provides for energy-related enhancements and improvements to homes. It will also help educate consumers about energy conservation. The goal of the program is to reduce the energy cost burden of low income households through energy efficiency and help consumers save on utility bills that they are paying.
Effective during the hot summer months, lower income customers are eligible for a summer discount from their utility company.
Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Perinatal Coverage
The CHIP program, which is perinatal coverage, will provide prenatal care for pregnant women who meet certain income requirements, if the applicant does not qualify for Medicaid, and if the person does not have any other health coverage.
Childrens Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program
Low-income children can receive health care coverage from this program through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or the Children's Medicaid program. Both of these programs will provide a wide range of benefits to keep kids healthy, including immunizations, doctor’s visits, prescription drugs, lab and X-ray charges, eyeglasses, hospital care, and dental services.