How To Apply for SNAP in Houston

where to apply for snap in houston


Applying For SNAP Online

If you’re computer savvy this is the easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits.

Visit to apply for SNAP benefits.

Note: You can also apply for Medicaid and CHIP health insurance at Your Texas Benefits.

Applying For SNAP Via Phone

The Houston Food Bank can help you apply for SNAP benefits over the phone.

Contact them at 832-369-9390 for assistance completing your application.

Note: Houston Food Bank also offers additional resources like food pantries in your area. For more information click HERE for an interactive map of food pantry locations or call them at the number above.

Applying For SNAP In Person

There are many agencies who can help you apply for SNAP benefits in person although we’re focusing on two; Texas Health and Human Services and the City of Houston Health Department.

Below you’ll find more information about each agencies requirements for documents as well as locations near you.

Documents Need To Apply For SNAP

This is a general guideline of documents needed to apply for SNAP benefits. Contact any of the locations below to verify the documents needed prior to visiting in person.

SNAP Application: Click HERE to download your copy

  • ID: driver’s license, school or work ID, medical insurance ID, voter’s registration card, birth certificate
  • Proof of Address: library card showing address, voter’s registration card, utility bills, rent or mortgage receipts showing address
  • Proof of Income: check stubs, employment statement, social security, supplemental security income or veteran’s benefits, alimony, unemployment, retirement or disability benefits
  • Immigration Status: immigration/naturalization documents
  • Expenses: rent or mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance on property, child care costs, utilities (gas, water, electricity)
  • Medical Expenses: summary of provided services such as doctor or hospital visits, detailed receipts showing unreimbursed medical expenses, prescriptions bottles showing cost on label or printout, medical payment agreement
  • Verify Resources: bank accounts, savings accounts, stock shares or bonds, proof of rental properties


Texas Health and Human Services 

A walk in visit to any Texas Health and Human Services office will likely be a lengthy visit. It’s encouraged that you call the location you would like to visit to try obtaining an appointment to reduce your waittime.

  • Baytown – 1300 South Highway 146, Baytown, TX 77520 – 281.427.9480
  • Pasadena  –2708 Cherrybrook Lane, Pasadena, TX 77502, 713.947.8130
  • Fuqua – 10060 Fuqua Street, Houston, TX 77089 – 713.946.6861
  • Harwin – 9450 Harwin Drive, Houston, TX 77036- 713.266.5536
  • I-10 East- 10202 I-10 East, Houston, TX 77029, 713.673.6347
  • Third Ward- 6124 Scott Street, Houston, TX 77021- 713.748.8450
  • Telephone- 2110 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX- 713.921.5108
  • N. Houston Rosslyn Center- 8511 N. Houston Rosslyn Rd, Houston, TX 77088 – 713.895.6800
  • I-45 North – 3880 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77022- 512.424.6500
  • Greenspoint – 220 Meadowfern Drive, Houston, TX 77067 – 281.874.0048
  • Buffalo Speedway – 13838 Buffalo Speedway. Houston, TX 77045 – 713.433.3145
  • Highway 6  – 2133 S. Texas 6, Houston, TX 77077 – 281.597.5200
  • Galveston – 123 Rosenberg Street, Galveston, TX 77550 – 409.763.0277
  • Texas City  – 2000 Texas Avenue #405, Texas City, TX 77590 – 409.945.0317
  • Tomball – 29250 249, Tomball, TX 77375 – 281.351.0637

City of Houston Multi-Service Centers 

City of Houston Multi-Service Centers do not accept walk-in visits. Contact their appointment line at 832.393.5427. Ask for an appointment with a “Client Access Specialist” for help applying for SNAP benefits.

Note: Client Access Specialist can also assist you with completing an application for Gold Card, Medicaid, CHIP and Texas Women’s Health Program.

Houston Locations To Apply For SNAP

Download Your SNAP Application

Click HERE to download your SNAP application.

Houston Case Managers

Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 11 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, walks with the doggo and wife, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans, and sharing community resources. Jump on the Houston Case Managers email list to receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.

3 thoughts on “How To Apply for SNAP in Houston

  1. Richard Kones Reply

    I need to appeal a decision on my Lone Star SNAP application.
    My financial situation was not understood.
    They counted my job income to reject my application.
    However, I lam no longer working as of a month ago.
    Please let me know how I can appeal. I called 211 three times and there is no selection to do so.
    I logged on to SNAP applications and there is no selection to do so.
    I called my local office and they no longer make appointments
    I submitted the documents necessary on time and no action has been taken.
    Thank you for your attention. I do not have money for food. All of what I have goes to rent and electric.
    My application is 1037711094
    I am 79.

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Richard, I’m sorry you are having so much trouble reaching 211, trust me I know the feeling! As you likely know SNAP does not have a direct number, however, you would have to speak with someone there so that they can update your current monthly income.

      One thought is to maybe call the City of Houston’s Client Access helpline. I know they can help you apply for SNAP benefits, therefore, they maybe able to give you guidance on what you can do to update your income. You can call them at 832.393.5427 (no long waits like 211) and see if they can guide you through the process of updating your income so that you can get all the benefits you are entitled to.

      Not sure if you have applied for Houston Meals on Wheels Program, but you can find the agency that delivers in your zip code by using this table and simply typing your zip code. The organization that comes up can help you with deliveries.

      You can also find Houston food delivery options here for food assistance while SNAP corrects your income.

      Again I think the City of Houston Client Access (832.393.5427) may be your best bet to get someone on the phone quickly who can help you with questions about updating your income.

      If I come across a better number to directly reach SNAP I’ll definitely reach out to you.

      God bless!


    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hey Richard, one more thing I thought of is if you need assistance with utilities there is a state program that helps with potentially 6-8 months of utility assistance each year for seniors.

      They typically start to accept applications (or at list generate an interest list) beginning in November. Baker Ripley (713.590.2327) is the Houston area organization that can screen you for eligibility in November.

      You can find more information about this state program (its called Texas Comprehensive Energy Assistant Program or Texas CEAP) by following the line below:

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