A directory of financial assistance resources available in Austin Texas.
Author Attorney Lloyd Bemis:
At one time or another, anyone can be surprised by an emergency or unexpected expense. It might be an unplanned auto or home repair, or a sudden injury or illness. Such an expense cuts into the average person’s budget, but may have a devastating impact on a individual who is disabled or a family with a low income. In the Austin/Travis County area there are several resources for people who need short-term financial assistance to pay for utilities, rent and medical and dental care.
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing assistance program.
Federal funds from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing assistance program is provided to five local charities and non-profit organizations to help families with rent or utility bills.
Organizations which have received funds are:
- LifeWorks Youth and Family Alliance – (512)-735-2100
- Catholic Charities of Central Texas – (512) 651-6100
- Caritas of Austin (Pilot Program) – (512) 479-4610
- Caritas of Austin – (512) 479-4610
- Any Baby Can – (512) 454-3743
Aid is temporary and not long-term, consisting of 3-18 months of rent assistance.
These organizations may also help with security and utility deposits, moving expenses and motel vouchers.
City of Austin.
To assist customers with electric and water bills, the City of Austin offers a Deferred Payment Arrangement Option for customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bills.
Customers pay 25% of their account balance as a deposit and the remainder of the bill is paid over six months. Additionally, Austin Energy has partnered with local churches and nonprofit organizations to help customers who cannot pay their bills due to emergencies. Through the Plus 1 Program, nonprofits screen customers for eligibility and arrange for funding. To request a payment deferment or more information about the Plus-1 Program, contact the City of Austin at (512) 494-9400.
There are a variety of other government agencies, churches and nonprofit organizations who provide financial assistance in the greater Austin area.
These organizations provide help with rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, medical care, food and clothing. If you need short term financial assistance, below is a listing of resources providing help.
Travis County Health & Human Services and Veterans Service.
Has locations in Austin, Jonestown, Del Valle, Manor and Pflugerville. Provides assistance in the form of rent, gas (including propane and firewood) and electric payments, mortgages, home loans, prescriptions, grocery sore vouchers, and out-of-town bus tickets.
- 100 N. I-35 Suite 1000, Austin, Texas 78701. (512) 854-4120
- 18649 FM 1431 Suite 6A, Jonestown, TX 78645. (512) 267-3245
- 3518 FM 973, Del Valle, TX 78617. (512) 247-4407
- 600 W. Carrie Manor St., Manor, Texas 78653. (512) 272-5561
- 15822 Foothill Farms Loop, Pflugerville, Texas 78660. (512) 251-4168
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Austin Texas Salvation Army.
Provides assistance with rent, utilities and medical expenses. Also operates an employment services center. (512) 476-1111
Austin Advocacy Outreach.
Provides security deposits and moving expenses for the homeless. Also provides grants for rent and energy bills. (512) 281-4180).
St. Vincent de Paul Societies.
Located at several Catholic churches in Austin. Provides assistance with utilities, mortgages, security deposits and rent. Also provides limited health care and vouchers for food, clothing and furniture purchased at St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores.
All Saints Episcopal Church
Provides limited financial assistance for rent and utility bills, medical care and out-of-town bus tickets. Also distributes HEB gift cards and Capitol Metro bus passes. (512) 476-3589
University Presbyterian Church.
Provides limited financial assistance with rent, security deposits and other bills. (512) 476-5321.
St. Matthews Episcopal Church.
Provides financial assistance for rent and utilities, but cannot help with closed utility accounts. (512) 345-8314
Provides emergency financial assistance with rent, electric, gas and water bills. Serves only five clients per month, once every six months. (512) 832-7811
Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation.
Offers support to National Guard members and families. Provides assistance with rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, auto loans, and medical expenses. (512) 782-6953
HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH).
Operated by Central Texas Veterans Health Care system. Provides rent subsidies for veterans through vouchers based on income and family size. (512) 823-4000.
No matter what your personal situation is, financial assistance is available to both individuals and families from a variety of organizations.
Churches, charities and government agencies are available and willing to help people who are struggling, whether they are disabled, senior citizens, immigrants, Spanish speakers, or they simply need a hand.
Disability benefits are an important source of income for those who are unable to work. If you not able to work due to accident or illness, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Long Term Disability benefits. If you have applied for benefits and been denied, contact the attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
Author: Attorney Lloyd Bemis has been practicing law for over 35 years. He is Superlawyers rated by Thomson Reuters and is Top AV Preeminent® and Client Champion Gold rated by Martindale Hubbell. Through his extensive litigation Mr. Bemis obtained dual board certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Lloyd is admitted to practice in the United States District Court – all Texas Districts and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Mr. Bemis is a member of the Travis County Bar Association. He has been active in the American Association for Justice and is a past Director of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Bemis and all the members of Bemis, Roach & Reed have been active participants in the Travis County Lawyer referral service.
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