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|When illness strikes or an eldercare crisis
arises, the challenges of caregiving can be overwhelming. The Senior Guidance Directory is a valuable resource. It provides a lifeline to services and
resources in the community. To obtain a printed book, call a Harris County Resource Navigator at 713-696-1998.
Emergency Money For Utilities And
Rent, Plus Other Assistance
below are organizations who help with emergency assistance for
rent, mortgage, gas, electric, phone, or water bills. Most of
these organizations will only help a family or individual once a
year, for one month. In most cases, no one agency will cover all
of your debt. To pay your bill, you usually will have to ask for
help from more than one agency.
Resource Center does not give financial support. Our role
is to provide information and resources that connect residents
with programs that can be of help for a one-time financial
emergency. For proof of need, most organizations will need for
you to provide an eviction notice; your utility or phone bill,
such as final notice; payroll stubs (if appropriate); family
social security cards; social security disability verification
letter; and photo identification. However, since each agency has
different requirements for documentation, call and check
before you meet with them.
you need help for an older person or someone with disabilities, start
with the CareConnection:
or call 877-393-1090
Harris County Housing
Authority (HCHA) 713.578.2100
HCHA offers affordable housing opportunities for seniors. For a list
To apply, contact the leasing office to determine unit availability.
Houston Housing Authority
HHA has public housing communities for seniors. The average wait
period is 6-9 months. To learn more about these communities and
how to apply, contact the waiting list staff at 713.260.0701 or
713.260.0718 or 713.260.0706.
To download an application for Public
For a list of Public Housing Developments,
Apartments for seniors:
To help you search for more apartments around Harris
The U. S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development has information on low
rent apartments for seniors and people with disabilities. To
apply, visit the management office for the apartment(s) that interest
Homeless Shelters for
Emergency shelters provide immediate and safe shelter for
senior adults who are homeless due to emergency financial crisis, not
due to abuse, call the
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.
Retirement Communities, Nursing Homes or Independent Living
Facilities for seniors:
There are many different types of housing options available
for seniors today. Seniors are able to select a housing option
that meet their individual needs, from independent living to
skilled nursing care. Some facilities allow for only one stage
of life, while other facilities allow seniors to make the
transition from one stage of life to another without leaving the
Retirement Communities or Independent Living Facilities allow
seniors to continue living independently and can be apartment
buildings, townhouses, or rooms that require little or no
maintenance. Services provided vary depending on the type and
cost of the facility, and seniors are responsible for their own
finances, transportation, meals, and health care. Recreational
activities are usually offered, maid service may be provided,
and some meals may be provided in a community dining room. Some
facilities offer transportation to the doctor or shopping
find and compare information on nursing homes, skilled care, and
assisted living, nationally, that accepts Medicare and Medicaid,
many FREE services to seniors
and their families. For information on retirement living, including
active retirement living, independent living, assisted
living, and long-term care, and nursing care,
Senior Home Repair and
62 years old or disabled may request home repairs
from Rebuilding Together Houston.
The minimum requirements to be eligible for home repair through
Rebuilding Together Houston include:
You must own and
live in the property that you
must be current or have an official payment agreement with the
appropriate government agency
Must be age 62 or older,
or a military service veteran or spouse of a veteran, or
disabled (and receiving a government recognized disability
household income of 50% of adjusted median income
be in Harris County or the City of Houston
Arms Senior Services
weatherization measures and assistance with utility bills to
help seniors continue to live independently in their own homes.
Weatherization service includes caulking, insulation, and
weather stripping. Home weatherization increases the efficiency
of the fuel used in heating during winter and cooling in summer,
providing the client with reduced fuel costs. The
weatherization program is open to low income households in
Harris County with preference given to the elderly and
physically handicapped. For more information, call
Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is
Neighborhood Centers Inc.
low income households in Harris County with the payment of
electricity and gas bills. For more
information, call 2-1-1 or 713-957-4357.
Tax Relief for Elderly Homeowners
Affidavit forms are available at
the Harris County Appraisal District
13013 Northwest Freeway, Houston.
While this overview has focused on tax deferral,
information on all types of tax relief are available on the Harris County Appraisal District Web site
or by contacting the appraisal district at
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