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Emergency Money For Utilities And Rent, Plus Other Assistance

Within the Emergency Financial Matrix 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 may have to ask for help from more than one agency.

Emergency Financial Matrix
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The Housing 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.


Effective March 1, 2013, all federal benefits will be paid electronically.  All seniors, people with disabilities, low-income individuals and veterans who still receive a federal benefit payment by paper check are required to make the switch to electronic payments before the March 1 deadline.  For additional information, please visit:

Financial Literacy Information

Presents an overview of programs designed to help you to become financially literate and strategies to help you to set financial goals.  Go to Financial Literacy

Logo   Ways to Work Car Loans

Family Services may help you make sure you'll get where you need to be for work and family with their Ways to Work program. 

Make an Appointment today:  713-861-4849

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Learn how to manage your money.  Get a better job.  Earn more, save more and be financially secure.  Even receive a match for money you save.  FREE to qualified students.  For more information, call  (713) 782-9974 or click here to view Skills For Living

Presents an overview of personal wealth building strategies that include setting financial goals, budgeting, managing debt and understanding credit report and credit scores. 

To access this guide produced by the Community Affairs Office of the Federal
                                                 Reserve Bank of Dallas, go to Building Wealth

The State of Texas Assistance and Referral System (STARS) allows you to self-screen for potential eligibility for programs provided by the Texas Department of Human Services and other Texas state agencies.  STARS  helps with food stamps, medical financial assistance, temporary cash assistance for families with children, and many other programs. 

Click here to see which services that you might be eligible for with information in Spanish and English.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

If you have been a hurricane victim, you can submit your claim to FEMA online.  To register for aid from FEMA, please click here.  

Click here to view FEMA housing resource site.

For Emergency Assistance With Electric Bills, Call:

The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is administered by Sheltering Arms Senior Services and is a federally funded program assisting low income families with young children, seniors (60+) and the disabled with the payment of gas and electricity bills.  Recipients of these funds must qualify by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' minimum income standards.

For more information, call (713) 956-7456

Sheltering Arms Senior Services provides home 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 (713) 685-6513.

Emergency Shelter
Many of these organizations only help women (some may help men, too) fleeing from abusive situations.  Please call each organization and be prepared to verify and document your situation. 

Bridge Over Troubled Waters          
P. O. Box 3488
Pasadena, TX  77501
(713) 473-2801

Hester House                                            
2020 Solo
Houston, TX  77020
(713) 672-2573

Houston Area Women’s Center             
1010 Waugh
Houston, TX  77019
(713) 528-2121

Lutheran Social Services                        
10635 Homestead Road
Houston, TX  77037
(713) 631-3938

Ministries of Near Northwest Alliance   
1806 West 43rd Street
Houston, TX  77018
(713) 686-3064

Northwest Assistance Ministries           
15555 Kuykendahl
Houston, TX  77090
(281) 583-5600

New Horizon Family Center      
5309 Decker Drive
Baytown, TX  77520
(281) 424-3300

Star of Hope                                               
6801 Ardmore
Houston, TX  77054 
(713) 748-7242

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