How To Find Utility Assistance In Houston
We are facing a crisis in America.
Housing costs are going up, while wages remain the same.
Houston has a great job market although this is still hitting our city hard.
Higher housing costs have lead to more working families seeking rent and utility assistance in Houston. If you are having problems paying your utility bill, this article will help you find agencies in the city who are willing to help.
Before I tell you how to find utility assistance in Houston, I need to explain the basics.
Once you are familiar with the basics you will have a better chance of obtaining rent or utility assistance in Houston.
How Utility Assistance Works
In the following paragraphs I will provide a general overview of how utility assistance in Houston works.
Each agency is different therefore you will need to contact each to learn about the exact steps needed to obtain rent and utility assistance.
Is It Difficult To Find Utility Assistance In Houston?
Finding help to pay your bills can be competitive.
Times are tough and because of this there are lots of people who seek help with rent and utility assistance.
I don’t say this to discourage you from calling any of the agencies in this article. I say this because I don’t want to mislead you into thinking this will be an easy task. Finding help could require multiple calls each day.
If you’re denied don’t give up, this is just part of the process. Each call is a learning experience. Learn the receptionist name. Tell them your name. Do anything you can to make a connection, because if you can build a relationship you may receive more help on future calls.
Also if you are denied, politely thank them for their time and ask them if they can recommend any other agencies who can help?
Many of these agencies network with each other.
There was one client in the past who owed $1200 in utilities. The agency that we called agreed to help but they could only contribute $800. This agency then provided me with the name of someone with another agency who could pay the remainder of the $1200 owed.
Can Family Members Help You?
As you will see later in this article there are plenty of agencies who can help you. The problem is many come with lots of requirements.
When nonprofits receive government grants they have to account for every penny spent. Because of this they will require lots of documents from you.
An easier solution to this is having family or friends to help you with utility assistance. When compared to a nonprofit, there is far less competition when asking a family member for help.
Before asking a family member for help have a game plan of how you intend to pay them back. Think about the timeframe it would take. Are you willing to pay them interest? If you have a useful skill (babysit, cutting the yard, etc) can you trade those services for help paying your bills?
If you can provide them with a clear plan of how you intend to pay them back you will improve your chances of them helping you out.
What Documents Are Needed For Utility Assistance In Houston?
Most agencies require that you provide either a disconnection notice for utility assistance in Houston or an eviction notice for rental assistance.
In addition to these documents you will likely need to provide your ID, mail in your name and a valid reason why you need utility assistance in Houston.
An example of a valid reason for utility assistance could be any of the following:
- Recent Car Repair
- Hospital Bills
- Medication Costs
- Lost Employment
These are only a few examples. As I stated earlier these agencies must account for every dollar they spend, so they need a valid reason to provide you with assistance. If they ask you why you cannot pay rent don’t take it personal. They want to help you, but they need to justify why they helped you to the people who gave them the government funds.
How To Make An Appointment For Utility Assistance In Houston?
Most agencies will require that you call them to make an appointment.
If there are agencies who accept walk-ins for utility assistance they are definitely rare.
Typically these agencies only accept a set number of clients each day, which is why its important that you wake up early and begin calling early.
Here is how Christian Community Services works.
They start taking calls at 10am on weekdays. Despite this its advised that you start calling Christian Community Services at 9:50 am to ensure you receive an appointment.
Lots of people call for assistance so plan to wake up early and start calling 10 to 15 minutes prior to the agency opening.
How To Use Our Utility Assistance In Houston Guide
Below you will find an interactive chart where you can search for rent and utility assistance in Houston.
You can search for help in the following ways:
- By Need (rent, utilities, food, clothing, ect)
- Zip Code (77004, 77008, 77504, ect)
- Specific Agencies (Catholic Charities, Sheltering Arms, ect)
- By City (Houston, Katy, Humble, Clear Lake, ect)
This article is primarily geared toward those needing rent and utility assistance in Houston although you will also find resources geared toward food, clothing, shelter and housing assistance.
Next we will show you where you can go for rent and utility assistance in Houston.
Where To Find Rent and Utility Assistance In Houston
In the table below you will find 60 or more agencies in Houston who help with rent, utility, food and other services. Use the search to find agencies according to your need or zip code.
Some of the numbers below may be incorrect. These organizations sometimes close, therefore use this as a starting point to find utility assistance.
To compensate for wrong numbers we have included links to each agency. Click on any link that says web and this will redirect you to the agency’s website or Facebook page.
If you come across any information that is incorrect, tell us about it in the comments so that we may correct it for others.
Where To Find Rent and Utility Assistance in Houston
|Agency||Address||Phone||Type of Assistance||Area/Zip Code served||Hourss|
|AIDS Foundation HoustonWeb||6260 Westpark Dr #100||713.623.6796||Only offers assistance to clients with HIV and AIDS. Offers housing, mental health, substance abuse, assistance applying for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Texas Women's Health Plan||Harris County||M-F 930 to 4pm. Walk ins welcome but priority is given to those with appointments.|
|Baytown Resource & Assistance Center Web||5309 Decker Dr||281.424.5752. *Must make an appointment.||Utilities, Clothing for Children, Employment assistance services||Residents of McNair, Baytown, Highlands or Chambers County||Mon: 8 to 5pm. Closed from 12 to 1pm for lunch.|
|Avenue 360 (formerly Bearing Omega and Houston Area Community Services) Web||2150 West 18th Street||713.426.0027||Housing referrals, medical support, Rent, Mental Health||HIV/AIDs clients only||M - F: 8 to 5pm|
|Bethel's Heavenly HandsWeb||12660 Sandpiper Dr||713.729.6477||Food, Clothing, Thursday Food Distributions, Senior Commodity Program,||Harris County||Mon, Tues, Fri|
|Braes Interfaith MinistriesWeb||4300 W. Bellfort||713.723.1945||Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing||SW: 77025, 77035, 77045, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77071, 77085, 77096||M-F 730a - 530p|
|Brentwood Community Foundation Web||13033 1/2 Landmark Street||713.852.2551||Resources for those with HIV/AIDS. Rent, Mortgage, Food, Utilities, housing referrals||Those with HIV/AIDS in Houston area||M-F 8am to 5pm|
|Catholic Charities Main Office Web||2900 Louisiana |
Other Locations: Houston Locations
|713.874.6590 or 713.526.4611||Rent, Utilities, Food, Counseling, Adoption, Immigration, Limited Financial Assistance, Saturday Food Fairs, Case Management, Help applying for SNAP, Medicaid, TANF,||77003, 77004, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77029, 77030, 77054, 77547||M-F 730a - 530p|
|Chinese Community CenterWeb||9800 Town Park||713.271.6100||Utilities (must have cut off notice), Weatherization, Adult day program, Gold Card Application Assistance, Income Tax Help, SNAP, Free Legal Clinic, Citizenship Application Assistance,||77024, 77036, 77042, 77056, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77074, 77077, 77079, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77094, 77099, 77450, 77494, 77477,||Tues 9am - 12pm|
|Christian Community CenterWeb||3434 Branard||713.871.9741||Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Vocational Training, Jobnet Program||W-SW: 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77030, 77046, 77056, 77057, 77081, 77096, 77098, 77401||M-F 10a - 2pm Sat 9a - 12p (food and clothing only)|
|City Fellowship Church Christian Rescue Mission Web||3220 Hadley||713.659.7750||Rent, Utilities, Food||Harris County||Tues-F: 10a -12p|
|City of Houston Water Aid To Elderly Residents Program||4200 Leeland Houston, TX 77023|
Mail application here.
|713.371.1400||Assistance paying water bill. $100 every six months.||Low income seniors (60+) residing in Houston are the priority. Individuals w disabilities and low income families are also encourage to apply. Web||Water Assistance Application: Web|
|City Wide ClubWeb||Multiple locations||713.752.2582||Rent, Utilities, Food, Employment Referrals, Housing and Shelter Recovery Program - room and board for families, seniors, homeless faced w physical, mental substance abuse challenges, Project Warm-Up helps with electric heaters and utilities, Project Cool Down helps w fans and shelters in summer||Harris County and surrounding areas||Tues-Th 10a-1p|
|Covenant House Texas Web||1111 Lovett Blvd||713.523.2231||Crisis shelter, Transitional shelter for youth ages 18 to 20. Medical and clothing provided. Job placement for young adults.||Houston area||M-F 8a to 5p|
|Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) Web||713.957.4357 or 211||Utilities Assistance for low income seniors (60+) and/or have documented disability expected to last 12 months||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Cypress Area Ministries Web||11202 Huffmeister||281.955.7684||Rent, utilities, food, clothing. CAM may pay a portion of the past due balance on a utility bill. The client is required to pay the balance of the amount past due, or have a pledge for that amount, prior to CAM’s paying the pledged amount.||77065, 77095, 77429, 77433||M-F 10a-2p|
|Fair Haven Methodist Church Web||1330 Gessner||713.476.4346 or (713) 468-3276||Food||77024, 77027, 77041, (Carverdale only), 77043, 77055, 77056, 77079, 77080,||M-F 10a-2p|
|First Baptist ChurchWeb||8009 Long Point||713.554.8801 or (281) 229-9166||Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, prescriptions||NW: Harris County||M-Th 730a-11a Walk Ins only|
|Gulf Coast Community Services Web||9320 Kirby Dr||713.393.4700||Rent, utilities, food, clothing, Q cards, eyewear vouchers||SE: Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Harris County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Web||8933 Interchange Dr.||713.578.2100||Housing Choice Vouchers distributed during open enrollment||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Harris County Social Services Web||9418 Jense Drive||713.696.7900||Rent, Utilities, Bereavement, Veteran services||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Hester HouseWeb||2020 Solo||713.274.1394||Hot meals/seniors summer/youth camp||NW - 5th Ward||M-F 8a-5p|
|Houston Volunteers of America Web||4808 Yale Street (Independence Heights Location)|
731 West Davis Conroe, TX
|713.460.0781 or 817.529.7300||Assistance applying for SNAP, Medicaid, FASFA, Tax Season Assistance, Employment Placement Assistance Program for Healthcare jobs, Deaf and Blind Services, Day Habilitation Center for those with special needs, Residential Group Homes for children and adults with special needs, Substance Abuse Treatment, Housing for seniors and those with a disability, Homeless Veterans Help||Houston and surrounding areas||M-F 8a - 5p|
|Housing Authority of City of HoustonWeb||2640 Fountain View Dr||713.260.0600||Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing||M-F 8a-5p *By appointment.|
|Humble Area Ministries Web||1302 First Street||281.446.3663||Food, rent, utilities, |
Employment services, Clothing, Prescription Assistance, Birth Certificate and ID Assistance, Assistance with Eyeglasses
|77336, 77345, 77347, 77372, 77338, 77346, 77357, 77396, 77339, 77347, 77365, 77532,||7 days a week/24 hours a day answering machine, leave message|
|Interfaith Caring Ministries Web||151 Park Ave, League City||281.332.3881||Rent, utilities, minor home repair, and food for seniors (55+)||Clear Creek ISD||M-F 830a-430p *by appointment|
|Immaculate Conception Catholic ChurchWeb||7250 Harrisburgh||713.921.1261||Food||77011, 77012||Thurs 930a - 1130m|
|Katy Christian Social Ministries Web||5011 East 5th St Katy, TX||281.391.9623||Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, clothing||77449, 77450, 77493, 77494,||M-Th 830a-12p 1230p -5p|
|Larkin Community Center Web||5410 Larkin||713.869.9143||Rent and Utility assistance to seniors and families with children||M - F 8am to 5pm|
|LINC Houston Community Services Web||1504 Johnson Street||713.426.2451||Food, Prescriptions, Eye glasses, Rent, Security Deposit, Clothes, CHIP, Medicaid, Gold Card, Home Repair||Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 to 3pm|
|Lone Star Legal Aid Web||1415 Fannin||713.652.0077 or 713.652.5911||Legal services to low income individuals||Harris, Ft Bend and Montgomery County||M-F 830a - 1230p|
|MANNA - Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Allicance Web||1806 W. 43rd Street||713.682.7556||Utility, Gas, Rent, Clothing, Food, Assistance with SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, CHIP,||77007, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77037, 77040, 77076, 77088, 77091, 77092,||M: 8 to 11, Tues and Thurs: 915 to 1115am.|
|Memorial Area MinistriesWeb||1625 Blalock||English 713.574.7533 Spanish 713.574.7536||Rent, water, gas, medical assistance, prescriptions, transportation, clothing, Rapid Re-Housing,||77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77024, 77037, 77039, 77040, 77041, 77043, 77055, 77076, 77079, 77080, 77088, 77091, 77092,||M-F 9a - 4p. Call between 9a - 12p M-F to set up an appointment.|
|My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center Web||12713 A Bissonnet||281.489.9933||Financial Assistance, Rent, Utilities, Food Pantry,|
|Mayors Office for People with Disabilities Web||1475 West Gray||832.394.0814 email@example.com||Advocacy Services||City of Houston||M-F 8a - 5p|
|North Channel Assistance MiWeb nistries||13837 Bonham||713.453.8028||Food, food stamp application help, Medicaid application help, clothing,||77013, 77015, 77029, 77044, 77049, 77078, 77530,||M-F 8a-2p|
|Northwest Assistance Ministries Web||15555 Kuykendahl||281.583.5600||Rent, mortgage, gas, water, prescriptions, gas vouchers, dental and medical,||77014, 77032, 77038, 77050, 77060, 77064, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77073, 77086, 77090, 77373, 77379, 77388, 77389,||Tues 1p-4p Call for an appointment.|
|Operation ID Web||5100 Travis Street||713.620.6476||Texas Identification Card||Harris County||Tues & Thurs 9a-1130a. You will need a referral/voucher from an agency that Operation ID partners with.|
|Pasadena Community MinistriesWeb||2301 South Houston||713.477.4336||Rent, utilities, food, clothing,||Pasadena, Deer Park,||Tues 9a - 12p. Th 1p-4p|
|Riceville Baptist ChurchWeb||11231 Gessner||713.774.4880||Food, clothing, financial assistance, prison ministry||1st Wed of Month, 6p. Call for appointments.|
|Salvation ArmyWeb||1500 Austin Street||713.752.0677||Rent, Food, Clothing, Utilities (water only), Senior Housing (62+)||Harris County||M-Th 830a - 430p|
|Saras HouseWeb||711 Perla||713.475.1480||Shelter, meals, clothing (women & children)||Pasadena|
|Sheltering Arms Senior ServicesWeb||JW Peavy Senior Center, Third Ward MSC, Harbach Ripley Community Center, Ripley Community Center, Bay Area United Way||713.685.6577 or 713-590-2327||Case management, care giver support, dementia adult day program, utilities,||77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77004, 77021, 77033, 77051, 77087, 77003, 77011, 77012, 77020, 77023, 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77075, 77089, 77502, 77504, 77506, 77571, 77598,||Call for appointment|
|Senior Jobs Program (AARP)Web||12727 Featherwood Dr||281.922.9952||Jobs,||Harris County||M-F 930a - 230p|
|Spring-Woodlands Ministries Web||810 E. Louetta Suite A-E||281.353.4480||Food, clothing||77373, 77338, 77389, 77379, 77380, 77381, 77382, 77386, 77388,||M 1p-3p, W 9a-1130a, Thur 1p-3p|
|Society of St. Stephen Web||1062 Fairmont Parkway||281.487.1774||Rent, utilities, food,||77502, 77503, 77505, 77506, 77507||T-F New clients: 10a-1p|
|Society of St Vincent de PaulWeb||2403 Holcombe Blvd||713.741.8234 ext 101||Food, Clothing, Rent, Utility||City of Houston Zip Codes Only||M -F 9am - 5pm|
|Southeast Area Ministries SEAMWeb||2102 Houston Blvd||713.944.0093||Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Ongoing Senior assistance, Christmas assistance program, Prescription, Medical Supply assistance||SE: 77017, 77034, 77061, 77075, 77087, 77089, 77504, 77587,||M-Th 10am - 1:30pm|
|St Bernadette Church Web||15500 El Camino Real||281.486.0337||Food, Clothes, Rent, Utilities,||Clear Lake: 77058, 77059, 77062, 77598,||Tues: 930 to 1130am Thurs: 930 to 1130 Wed: Appt only|
|St. Cecilia ChurchWeb||11720 Joan of Arc Drive||713.468.1185||Rent, Utilities, Food,||NW: 77024, 77043, 77055||M-Th: 9am through 12pm|
|St Christopher Catholic ChurchWeb||8150 Park Place||713.645.6614||Food||SE: 77012, 77017, 77061,||Sat: 930 to 11am|
|St. Hyacinth Catholic Church Web||2921 Center St, Deer Park||281.479.4298||Rent, Utilities, Food||Deer Park: 77536||M - F: 930 to 12pm 1pm to 430pm|
|St. John Vianney Social Services Web||625 Nottingham Oaks||281.497.4434||Utilities, Food, Clothing,||W: 77043, 77055 (Food & Clothing only) 77077, 77079 (Food, Clothing, Utilities )||M-F: 830 to 530pm|
|St. Joseph Catholic ChurchWeb||1505 Kane Street||713.222.8903||Rent, Utilities, Food,||77007, 77008, 77009,||M-T: 9am to 12pm 130 to 330pm|
|St Mary Magdalene Church||527 South Houston Ave, Humble||281.540.1907||Rent, Utilities, Food,||NE: 77338, East of Lee Rd, 77346, (Only apartment complexes)||M, W, F only. 930 to 1145am - 1st 12 people.|
|St Pious Catholic Church Web||824 Main - Pasadena||713.473.9484||Food, Rent, Utilities, Immigrant Legal Assistance, Free Health Screenings,||Pasadena: 77501, 77507, 77536, 77547, 77587,||Tues & Thurs: 10am to 1230pm|
|Target Hunger Service CenterWeb||2814 Quitman||713.226.4953||Emergency Food, Food Pantries, Monthly Food Fairs, Senior Home Delivery Program, Senior Day Site Program||77015, 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77078,||M-F: 9am to 5pm|
|The Bridge Over Troubled WatersWeb||3811 Allen-Genoa Rd||713.473.2801||Emergency Shelter for Domestic Abuse Victims||Harris County|
|The House of AmosWeb||8030 Boone Rd||281.495.9061||Food, Citizenship Classes, Lunches every Saturday, Free immunizations to uninsured children.||M-Th: 9am to 12pm Sat: 10am to 12pm|
|Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM) Web||300 W Main Street Tomball, TX 77375||281.351.6700||Utilities, Gas vouchers, Clothing, Food, Medical and Dental vouchers, Temporary Shelter||Tomball zip codes 77375, 77377 or you live within Tomball school district.||Tues and Thurs: 10am to 1pm. Application must be completed in person.|
|The Houston Food Bank Web||535 Portwall||832.369.9390||Emergency Food Pantry, Help applying for SNAP, TANF, CHIP, Medicaid||M-F: 8am to 5pm Sat: Telephone hotline only 8am to 4pm|
|United Way Web||211||Referrals for Food, Shelter, Rent, Utilities, Housing, Shelters, Substance Abuse||Harris County|
|Wesley Community CenterWeb||1410 Lee Street||713.223.8131 ext 245||Rent, Utilities, Food, Financial Education, Employment coaching, Help applying for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF,||Harris County||Friday Starts at 8am. Appointments Only. No appointment needed for Food.|
|West Houston Assistance MinistriesWeb||10501 Meadowglen Lane||713.977.9942||Mortgage, Food, Utilities, Clothing, Employment Assistance, Bus Passes for job related trips, Work Clothes,||77042, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77077, 77082,||M - F: 10am - 1pm|
|Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Web||3826 Wheeler||713.747.7101||Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food, Women's Housing (Badge Bush). Visit there site they help in plenty of ways.||SE: 77770||M-Th: 9 - 1230pm F: 9-1130am *Appointment only|
|Windsor Village Social ServicesWeb||12041 1/2 Post Oak Rd||713.551.8792||Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food,||Harris County and Ft Bend County||Appointment only Monday 8am to 11am Food: T-W 9am to 11am. Th 1030am to 1230pm|
|Pearland Neighborhood CenterWeb||2335 N Texas Ave, Pearland, TX 77581||281-485-1987, firstname.lastname@example.org||Rent, Utilities, Gas, Food and Baby Pantry, Bread Pantry, Santa's Helpers Program, School Supply Vouchers, Emergency Assistance, Finanical Stability Course, GED Scholarships, Disaster Relief||Brazoria County||M - F 8 to 5|
Printable Version Of These Resources
We want to thank Harris County Community Services for putting together this monster resource guide about utility assistance in Houston.
To simply write an article like this took a whole Saturday night, so we are grateful for the effort Harris County Community Services put into creating this guide!
If you need a printable version of this guide use the link below:
If you need rent or utility assistance there is nothing to feel ashamed of because lots of people are feeling the effects of higher housing cost and stagnant wages.
Obtaining rent or utility assistance in Houston is no walk in the part. It will require effort on your part. If you have family members who can help you definitely try them first.
Where ever you go for help with we wish you the best of luck. Be patient you will find the help that you and your family deserve.
Have you had any luck finding rent and utility assistance in Houston? If so tell others how you found success in the comments.
Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.