Ultimate Guide To Houston Community Resources
Below you will find listings of various Houston community resources with brief descriptions of how the guide might help you. For more information about these resources, you can simply click the title.
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You will find telephone numbers to helpful community resources and government agencies in this section.
|Harris Health System||Harris Health offers medical care to uninsured, undocumented, and indigent individuals in Harris County. They provide health care services via clinics, same-day clinics, dialysis for the uninsured, and hospitals like Ben Taub.||
|Memorial Herman Nurse Healthline||You can call this free telephone number to speak to a nurse. This number is available 24 hours a day. If you or a client are on the fence about visiting the hospital, this number can help you to make the right decision.||
|Harris Center (formerly MHMRA Harris)||This is the mental health authority in Houston, Texas. Harris Center offers mental health treatment and help with developmental delays to low-income, uninsured, homeless, and insured individuals. Treatments include outpatient treatment, psychiatric hospitals, mobile crisis outreach teams, and more.
In addition to treating mental health disorders, Harris Center also treats adults and children with developmental delays, autism, Asperger’s, mental retardation (now referred to as IDD), and more. You can also contact Harris Center to get your child on a Medicaid waiver list.
|United Way 211 Helpline||The United Way 211 helpline is a telephone number that you can call to learn about community resources in the Houston area.
The United Way also offers an online tool called Resource Finder that can help you find various services in your area.
|Houston Food Bank||The Houston Food Bank is a great resource for those in need of food assistance. They offer a helpline to assist you in locating food banks near you. They offer emergency grocery boxes for seniors in Houston. If you need help applying for food stamps in Houston, the Houston Food Bank can help.||Food Assistance Line – 832.369.9390
General Inquiries – 713.223.3700
|Texas Health and Human Services||This state human services agency manages the SNAP (food stamp), Medicaid, CHIP Program, and more. You can call them or visit the Your Texas Benefits website to apply for benefits.||Main Number – 877.541.7905
Lonestar Helpline – 800.777.7393
Texas Medicaid Number – 800.252.8263
|Houston Non-Emergency Number||The Houston non-emergency number can be used to report water leaks, complain on neighbors, or file police reports.||
Houston Healthcare Options
These Houston healthcare options are available to you if you are uninsured and need medical care. Below you will find resources related to Medicaid, CHIP, homeless healthcare services, and medical care for undocumented immigrants in Houston.
|How To Apply For Medicare In Houston||There are 3 ways to apply for Medicare in Houston; online, by phone, a Social Security office. This guide will provide you with instructions on each.|
|Medicaid Offices In Houston||Find Medicaid offices in Houston to help you apply for Medicaid health insurance.|
|Download Your Medicaid Application||Instantly download your Medicaid application, see a list of additional documents that need to be submitted, and find Medicaid offices to help you apply.|
- How To Apply For The Gold Card – Find step-by-step instructions on applying for Harris Health’s Gold Card.
- Download Your Gold Card Application – If you simply need a Gold Card application you can find a download here.
- Where To Apply For CHIP Health Insurance – CHIP is similar to Medicaid however, when families have someone working in the household they usually get bumped up to this program. Again similar coverage, but the main difference is a minimal annual enrollment fee with CHIP.
Low-Cost Medical Care In Houston
In this section, you will find Houston community resources related to low-cost health insurance. Regardless of your income or lack of insurance, you will find providers to treat you with these guides.
- Harris Health Gold Card Clinics – Harris Health is the indigent healthcare system in Houston. If you are uninsured or low-income these clinics offer great medical treatment options. To receive care via Harris Health you will need to apply for the “Gold Card”.
- Harris Health Same Day Clinics– These are walk-in clinics available to anyone with a Gold Card. These clinics treat minor injuries and illnesses. The same-day clinics provide a good alternative to visiting the ER for minor medical issues.
- 14 Low-Cost Medical Clinics In Houston – In this guide, you will find 14 federally qualified health centers in Houston. You do not need health insurance at these clinics.
- Low-Cost Dentist In Houston – Here you will find a listing of dentist offices that treat the insured and uninsured.
- 20+ Places To Find Prescription Assistance In Houston – If you need help paying for medications this article will show you 20 ways to find prescription assistance whether you are in here in Houston or elsewhere.
- How To Save Money On Medications With Prescriptions Assistance Programs – There are government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and non-profits that offer help paying for prescription medications. In this guide, you will find a listing of those PAPs and instructions on how to apply for help.
Houston Mental Health Treatment
Locate low-cost clinics that provide both counseling and psychiatry.
- Low-Cost Counseling In Houston – Find a listing of clinics as well as maps of low-cost counseling clinics to help you with things like depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other mental health disorders.
- Low-Cost Psychiatric Clinics In Houston – Here you will find low-cost psychiatric services to help you with medications and more.
- Mental Health Help For Veterans In Houston – Inside this guide are listings of clinics that provide mental health help and programs to veterans.
- Psychiatric Hospitals In Houston– This guide will direct you to psychiatric hospitals for anyone who may be having a mental health crisis like suicidal thoughts, delusions, or hallucinations.
- How To Handle A Psychiatric Emergency In Houston– This guide will walk you through things you can do if someone you know is having a psychiatric emergency and who you can call for help.
Houston Community Resources For Housing
Below you will find multiple options for Houston housing.
- How To Apply For Section 8– This article will provide you with a basic understanding of how Section 8 or the Housing Choice Voucher program works. This program offers vouchers that you can then use with landlords who accept the voucher.
- How To Apply For Houston Public Housing – Similar to Section 8 this is another program offered by local housing authorities. Those who qualify for this program receive discounted housing in complexes like Cuney Homes, Clayton Court, etc.
- Other Housing Authorities To Consider – Due to the number of people on the Houston housing waitlist you are encouraged to consider alternatives. This guide will provide you with a number of housing authorities outside of Houston to consider if you need housing.
- How To Apply For New Hope Housing – If you are a single adult this could be a housing option. This program typically offers a shorter waitlist than those with the Houston or Harris County Housing Authorities.
- Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments In Houston – LIHTC Apartments are similar to housing programs in the fact that you received reduced monthly rent although how you apply is different. Learn how to apply, where these apartments are located in Houston, and more in this guide.
- Houston Rooming Houses – These are good alternatives to shelters for anyone who has a steady income, but maybe not enough for an apartment.
- Houston Homeless Shelters – This is a list of Houston homeless shelters in the area. You will find shelters for men, women, families, teens, and seniors. You can also find agencies that provide supportive services for individuals who are homeless.
- Houston Housing Options For Felons – You will find 11 housing options to consider if you have a criminal record.
- 12 Ways Star of Hope Can Help You Become Self-Sufficient In 18 Months – Star of Hope Houston offers shelter and many more supportive programs. This post explains how their programs can help you toward a life of self-sufficiency.
Houston Community Resources For Food Assistance
Find Houston community resources for food pantries, WIC, senior meals, and a free baby formula below.
- How To Apply For SNAP (food stamps) In Houston – You’ll find step-by-step instructions on applying for SNAP benefits in Houston in this guide.
- 4 Steps To Increase Your Monthly Food Stamp Benefits – The most important factor in increasing your monthly food stamp amount is learning the “Food Stamp Algorithm”. I will discuss this algorithm in this guide.
- How To Apply For WIC – This guide will help you apply for WIC by providing you with a general understanding of the benefit and addresses of clinics near you.
- How Congregate Meals In Houston Works– Congregate Meals is a senior meal program where clients visit Houston area community centers to eat. This program will help you to apply for this program.
- How To Apply For Meals On Wheels In Houston – This guide provides you with local providers to call to help you sign up for the Meals on Wheels program.
- Houston Food Pantries – You will find listings and maps of Houston food pantries to offer you nutrition assistance.
- 4 Ways To Find Free Baby Formula In Houston – This guide provides 4 ways to find free baby formula in Houston.
- 21 Options For Food Help During The Coronavirus Outbreak In Houston – Find free food options to help you during the Coronavirus outbreak in Houston. Meals for students, food banks, free grocery deliveries, and more.
- 9 Houston Food Delivery Options If You Are Quarantined With COVID-19 – These 9 Houston food delivery options can help you if you are stuck in the house due to a COVID 19 quarantine. You’ll find both free and paid options.
Transportation Options In Houston
Use these community resources to help you navigate the city on the cheap.
- Ultimate Guide To Cheap Medical Transporation – This guide was created to help seniors, those with a disability, and essentially anyone who needs help getting to and from medical appointments.
- How To Upgrade Your Medicaid Transporation– If you have Medicaid Transporation and lack the mobility to get to and from a bus stop, this guide will help you upgrade to cab rides.
- How To Apply For Houston Metrolift – This guide breaks down the Metrolift application process in 5 steps.
Houston Employment Assistance
This section will provide you with assistance on finding employment in Houston.
- Ultimate Guide To Staffing Agencies In Houston– This is probably the most comprehensive list of staffing agencies in Houston that you’ll find. Staffing agencies in this guide are separated by industry. You will find admin jobs, oil and gas, IT, customer service, and more.
- 21 Staffing Agencies To Help You Get A Job In The Houston Chemical Plants– Use this guide to help you finally land that high paying “operator” job you’ve always wanted.
- How Houston Workforce Solutions Works – Use this guide to find Houston area Workforce Solutions offices to help you build a resume, search for jobs, attend daily job fairs, and get help with childcare.
Houston Childcare Options
Use the guides below to help you with childcare in Houston while you work or go to school.
- 17 Cheap Childcare Options In Houston – If you are looking for low-cost daycare options in Houston, check out this guide. I listed lots of options for you to consider if you work or attend school and need affordable childcare options in Houston.
- Head Start Programs In Houston – This guide will help you find head start programs in Houston. Head start is a form of childcare for kids 5 months to 5 years old.
- How To Apply For Childcare Via Workforce Solutions – If you work or attend school you could qualify for childcare assistance through Workforce Solutions.
- How To Apply For a Houston Charter School In Less Than 10 Minutes– This guide will show you how to easily apply for multiple Houston charter schools in a matter of minutes.
Houston Community Resources For Seniors
In this section, you’ll find a number of Houston community resources to help senior citizens in the area.
- How To Get A Home Caregiver– Whether you’ve never had a caregiver (helps with cleaning and bathing) or you have one but need more hours, this guide will walk you step by step through the process of accomplishing both tasks.
- Houston Home Health Care Providers Organized By Insurance Accepted – If you need a home health care provider (helps with medical tasks at home) this guide will provide you with a listing of agencies in Houston and the specific insurance they accept.
- Free Medical Equipment In Houston – This guide will help you find agencies to potentially provide free medical equipment like shower chairs, walkers, or wheelchairs.
- Turning Point Center – Turning Point is a Spring Branch shelter for individuals 50 and older.
Houston Community Resources For Moms…And Dads
Below is a collection of Houston community resources to help parents with formula, diapers, and more.
- Programs To Help Single Mothers In Houston – This article will provide you with supportive services you can apply for if you are a single mother or father in Houston.
- 4 Ways To Find Free Baby Formula In Houston – This guide will provide you with agencies in Houston to potentially provide you with free formula.
- Free Diaper Banks In Houston – Here you’ll find non-profits the help you with free diapers.
- How To Apply For WIC – Use this guide to obtain formula and WIC vouchers for food to feed you and your baby.
Houston Rent + Utility Assistance
If you are having trouble paying the bills, these guides can help potentially find assistance with rent and utilities.
- 8 Houston Utility Assistance Programs To Help You Pay Your Light Bill – Find 8 Houston utility assistance programs to help you pay your light bills. Use things like deferments, extensions, and even local nonprofits money to help pay your light bill.
- Where To Apply For Rent + Utility Assistance In Houston – Use the Rent + Utility Finder tool to locate nonprofits in your zip code to help you pay your bills.
- How To Find Utility Assistance In Baytown – Here are handpicked options for utility assistance in Baytown if you need help paying bills. In addition, agencies to help you with Baytown rent assistance.
This guide was created to primarily help Houston case managers, but teachers, church members, or regular citizens can use it also. If there are Houston community resources that you need that are not listed let us know in the comments.
Nick Bryant is the author of Understanding Healthcare Is Half The Battle and a Senior Counselor with 13+ years of experience working in community health and mental health. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching WWE on Friday nights, and working toward a Google Data Analytics certification. If you have additional questions about community resources or government assistance programs, simply leave a comment below and he will follow up as soon as possible.