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Maria Gansel - 211 VP Operations Send email
(210) 352-7000
Notice

NHSD is open for business. To limit the spread of COVID-19, meetings are held by appointment only until further notice. Call (210) 207-6459 to schedule an appointment.

The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) is no longer taking applications for rental assistance.

The program may reopen in the future.  Please check back.

In the meantime, check the Help Pay for Housing category for other options.

NVOP's Rapid Rehousing program, funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of HUD, reaches out to help homeless veterans with families find suitable and stable housing.

This program offers rental assistance to homeless veterans and their families in San Antonio. We help them rapidly find stable housing with services including:

  • Rental Assistance
  • Suitable housing search
  • Support Services

Veterans only.

Monday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED

SSVF, funded through the Department of Veteran Affairs, is a program designed to assist very low-income veteran families in obtaining permanent housing. NVOP operates SSVF programs in both San Antonio and El Paso.

Under the program, participants receive client-centered case management, individualized housing stability counseling, assistance with obtaining public benefits, referrals to community agencies, and other support services as needed.

Eligible clients include:

  • Veteran families currently homeless staying in their cars, parks, abandoned buildings, airports, camping grounds, etc.
  • Currently living in their home but at risk of eviction
  • Veteran families currently homeless staying in a shelter, transitional housing, hotel, or motel.
  • Veteran families who are currently homeless, but scheduled to move into permanent housing within 90 days
Thomas Shaw - Director of SSVF Send email
(210) 233-8505
Notice

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered a temporary halt on evictions for some renters as COVID-19 continues to impact the nation.

Click here for more information and updates.

While SAHA is not charging fees or penalties to Public Housing residents, other landlords, including those of Section 8 voucher holders, can still charge and collect rent, fees, and penalties under the terms in the lease, but are not allowed to file for eviction based on non-payment rent. Voucher holders with past-due rent are encouraged to reach out to their landlords now to discuss options for repayment agreements.

The CDC Order does not waive an individual of their obligation to pay rent or comply with any other obligation. Renters are still required to pay all past-due rent and are encouraged to reach out to SAHA if their income has been impacted by COVID-19. SAHA may need to recalculate rent payments and also offers repayment plans to Public Housing residents and accepts partial payments for those unable to pay rent in full each month.

Under the CDC Eviction Order, tenants may still be evicted for:

  • Engaging in criminal activity on the premises;
  • Threatening the health or safety of other residents;
  • Damaging or posing an immediate and significant risk of damage to property;
  • Violating any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation relating to health and safety; or
  • Violating any other contractual obligation (other than late fees, penalties, or interest).

In addition, SAHA clients may also qualify for emergency rental or utility assistance from the City of San Antonio. To learn more and submit an application online, please visit the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance website here.

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED

Prevention is a coordinated homelessness prevention and eviction response system to help low-income households resolve a crisis that could otherwise lead to a loss of housing.  Common prevention methods include short-term financial assistance, legal assistance, housing case management, etc.  Below are the specific details for this prevention program:

  • Past due, current and up to 3 months of expected rent costs
  • Past due, current or up to 3 months of expected utility and home energy expenses
  • After the initial 3 months of forward assistance, you can apply for 3 additional months of assistance if funds are still available.

(ESG-CV I, TDHCA)

Income must be at or below 80% of area median income. Applicant must be a Bexar County Resident and at risk of homelessness with eviction notice, qualified for unemployment or atest to reduction in household income, and live in unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions.

Robert Galan Send email
(210) 352-2000

This program provides eligible individuals and families with holistic case management, basic needs, and rental assistance while providing guidance on life skills, housing stability, and self-sufficiency resources.

Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Lydia Cardenas

Social Services provided by AARC include:

  • Case Management: Medical and Non-medical case management help individuals living with HIV/AIDS become self–sufficient and virally suppressed. Case managers utilize assessments, care coordination, advocacy for options and services to meet client’s comprehensive health needs.
    • Referrals to community resources
    • Medication and medical adherence
    • Linkage to medical care
    • Assist with obtaining HIV medication
    • Assist with applications for medical benefits
    • Client-centered services
  • Health Insurance: The Health Insurance Premium–Aids Pharmaceutical Assistance (HIPCSA) program is intended to help HIV positive individuals continue medical care without gaps in health insurance coverage or disruption of treatment. This includes premium payments, office visit/lab co-payments, deductibles and medication co-pays. Funds are NOT available for co-payments associated with hospitalization and/or emergency room care.
  • Housing Services: Alamo Area Resource Center maintains an affordable housing data base and provides housing referral and placement services. AARC also provides HOPWA Short Term Rental, Mortgage, Utility assistance (STRMU), Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) and housing case management for those who qualify.
  • Patient Navigation: Patient navigation is a process by which an individual—a patient navigator—guides patients with HIV through and around barriers in the complex care system to help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment.
  • Outreach Services: Outreach Services is the identification of people with unknown HIV disease, as well as those who know their status but are out-of-care. For help receiving or returning to care contact 210-204-5964.
  • Thrive Early Intervention: Assists individuals recently diagnosed with HIV or those with HIV who have not yet established a regimen of regular medical care.
  • Transportation: AARC transportation offers a shared-ride service for consumers that because of their disability are unable to access the public transit system. The purpose is to transport our clients to and from their medical appointments. If an AARC shuttle van is not available, we may transport you in a contracted vehicle, such as a taxi. Hours and direct line: Mon-Fri: 8am–4:30pm; 210-625-7222
  • Support Groups: Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) offers and provides space for a variety of different types of discussion, harm reduction, therapy, support and Healthy Relationship groups. Some are presented by AARC, while others are peer-led, organized, and presented by groups or entities not affiliated with AARC. Groups are free to attend and RSVP is not necessary unless stated otherwise. For information about each group and/or to learn about attendance guidelines, restrictions or requirements, contact our Behavioral Health Department at 210-591-0216

During your first visit with us, you will be meeting with our Intake Specialist who will collect all the eligibility documents as well as our agency documents in order to be eligible for services. You can expect to spend about 30-50 minutes with the Intake Specialist.

Be prepared to bring:

  • Proof of positivity
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of residency
  • Picture ID
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED

The Rapid Re-Housing program reduces the amount of time a family experiences homelessness and rapidly re-houses families into permanent, affordable homes. Financial assistance is provided for up to 3 months along with 12 months of case management.

Rapid Re-Housing Program provides:

  • Assistance with deposit, rent, and utilities for up to 3 months
  • Case management with emphasis on budgeting and maintaining self-sufficiency for 12 months

Individuals and families are housed in apartments they select. (The apartment must meet HUD habitability standards and be within fair-market rent/rent reasonableness guidelines based upon household size.

The individual or family:

  • must be "literally homeless" by HUD definition (living in an emergency shelter, on the street, or in a place not meant for habitation).
  • must be referred by the community's Coordinated Entry system. Call (210) 207-1799 to get that started.
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Toni Cambria - Director of Street Outreach, Prevention, and Rapid Re-Housing Send email
(210) 321-5610

The A.R. Nelson Christian Outreach Center, a Ministry of Bethel AME Church, provides food, clothing and limited financial assistance to needy individuals and families in the community.

Food and clothing are distributed on a monthly basis based on family size. Every effort is made to include food items that are healthy and nutritious.

Clients select clothing items from the men’s, women’s and/or children’s sections depending upon their family make-up.

Other assistance is provided as needed in accordance with budgetary restrictions. Prayer and spiritual fellowship are available to all.

Free. Located at the south end of Beasley Brown Community Center

Monday: CLOSED Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesday: CLOSED Thursday: CLOSED Friday: CLOSED Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED Thursday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sis. Julia M. Hartfield - Outreach Director
(210) 227-4015
Sis. Madelyn Johnson - Administrative Assistant

We provide emergency housing assistance by paying security deposits and first two weeks of rent for entry into an approved sober living home, as well as grocery gift cards and bus passes, whenever possible, to remove barriers to getting employed.

Monday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Hamilton Barton Send email
(210) 212-2926

In collaboration with others, we offer an array of services to the poor and vulnerable in and around San Antonio, including underserved, unincorporated areas of Bexar County with high levels of poverty. The program serves a broad population of all ages, with a special focus on veterans, the disabled, seniors, those with children under 5, the homeless, and those at high risk of becoming homeless.

Through our Essential Services Program, we offer an array of programs and services that address basic needs. In addition, limited financial assistance is provided for expenses such as utility bills, rent, and medication to low-income individuals as outlined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. We also offer a Rapid Rehousing Program funded by Bexar County Economic and Community Development Department Development Services Division and City of San Antonio - Dept. of Human Services.

In addition, because we guide and oversee a network of more than 59 Conference distribution sites in the community (offering an array of services), we can connect those in need to the conference located closest to them.

Devon Maddox - Executive Director Send email
(210) 864-2151
Janet Muir - Family and Community Assistance Manager Send email
(210) 864-2271
Notice

Critical funds are available to help residents who are struggling to pay rent, utilities, internet, groceries, medicine, and fuel.

This program provides housing (rent or mortgage), utility, and internet assistance to qualifying individuals or families during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, qualifying individuals or families will receive $150-$300 (based on household size) for food and other necessities through the Family Independence Initiative.

Please review the following eligibility and documentation requirements before beginning the application process.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

• Be a current resident of the City of San Antonio;

• Be the primary lease or mortgage holder in a multifamily unit, mobile home, or single-family home within the city limits of San Antonio;

• May only apply for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance related to one primary property;

• Have a household income at or below 100% of the area median income (AMI) as defined by HUD; and

• Provide ID and proof of hardship. Acceptable forms of documentation are listed here.

Apply here

To limit the spread of COVID-19, meetings are by appointment only until further notice.
If you need assistance completing the application, please call (210) 207-5910.
Notice

NHSD is open for business. To limit the spread of COVID-19, meetings are held by appointment only until further notice. Call (210) 207-6459 to schedule an appointment.

The goal of the Fair Housing/ Housing Counseling Program is to help residents maintain housing stability, which is key to family well-being. The program is a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved housing counseling agency.

The Fair Housing Program provides the following services to rental tenants, homeowners and landlords:
* Tenant and landlord mediation
* Default counseling to homeowners
* Housing Discrimination Complaints
* Referrals and community outreach
* Rent Assistance
* Mortgage Assistance
* Utility Assistance

Limited resources available. Call for information. Re-apply frequently.

Notice

NHSD is open for business. To limit the spread of COVID-19, meetings are held by appointment only until further notice. Call (210) 207-6459 to schedule an appointment.

This program is active until Sept. 30, 2022

The Homeownership Incentive Program (HIP 80) provides assistance for homebuyers in the general public by lending between $1,000 and $30,000 as a 0% interest / no payments second loan which can be used for the down-payment required by your lender and some of the additional costs associated with purchasing a home.

Click here for more information.

Only homes located within the city limits of San Antonio are eligible for this program. Click here and enter an address to see if it is within San Antonio city limits.

Notice

Our clinics will be operating under normal business hours while we increase cleanings and screenings within our facilities.

The Center helps people who meet certain mental health criterea and are currently homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, providing rent and utility assistance for up to 12 months.

Notice

Our clinics will be operating under normal business hours while we increase cleanings and screenings within our facilities.

The Center helps people who are experiencing chronic homeless and actively receiving outpatient treatment in our programs obtain a permanent Section 8 voucher with the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA).

Notice

Due to safety concerns, this program has been temporarily discontinued. Please check back for updates.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.

Must reside within parish boundary.

Wednesday: 5:30 - 7:30 PM Saturday: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Isabel Avila - President
(210) 212-5530

Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is an ecumenical Christian non-profit housing organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build modest, decent and affordable houses without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God’s love in action. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

We work with families whose total income is between 20% – 70% of the area median income. Families are accepted to the Habitat program based on their need, ability to pay a zero percent interest mortgage, and their willingness to partner. Applicants must be residents of Bexar County. Once accepted, homeowners are eligible to buy a home from Habitat with a 20 – 25 year zero percent interest mortgage. Families spend a minimum of 300 hours investing in “sweat equity”. Where they support and help build their own home and the homes of their neighbors. Monthly payments average $600 (including taxes and insurance). In our 40-year history we have less than a 1.5% foreclosure rate.

Families partner with us and contribute a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity, 15-20 hours of Home Owner Readiness classes and pay a minimal down payment on their mortgage. Mortgage payments are around $600 a month and include taxes and insurance.

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Bethany Thomas - Community Relations Manager Send email
(210) 223-5203 x: 148
Notice

Click here to see COVID-19 updates.

This program provides emergency assistance for food, rent, and utilities.

(The Social Service office is located in classroom #3 of the school building.)

  • Must be living within parish boundaries or be a registered parishioner.
  • ID is required to receive services.
  • Those seeking utility or rent assistance must have a disconnection notice.
  • Those seeking rent assistance must live in public housing (SAHA) and have an eviction notice.
Church Office Monday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Thursday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Friday: CLOSED Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM *Closed for Lunch: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maria Tijerina - Program Director
(210) 365-2606
Brian Luisi - Director of Parish Outreach
(210) 226-4064 x: 204

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) is a state-funded, employment-based cash assistance program.

RCA is for clients who are not eligible for assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Assistance is available for the first eight months after arrival in the United States. For additional information please call 210-242-3137 and speak with the program director, Juliana Horn.

This program is for REFUGEES ONLY.

Juliana Horn - Non-Projected Arrivals Director
(210) 222-1294
Notice

Applications for TRAM are now closed.

The program will offer 1-3 months of rental assistance (in accordance with HUD Fair Market Rent limits) for residents of unincorporated Bexar County and suburban cities that:

  • Meet HUD-established income limits for families earning 100% or below the Area Median Income ($72,000 for a family of 4)
  • Can provide proof of unemployment (i.e., furlough, layoff, or termination) or a material reduction of income due to COVID-19.
Terry Michelle Trevino - Executive Director
(210) 225-0071

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program for homeless veterans combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics. Homeless veterans are screened by the VA and then referred to HABC.

Homeless veterans only.

Terry Michelle Trevino - Executive Director
(210) 225-0071

This program provides one-time emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness or utility disconnection, as well as financial coaching and budgeting assessment for income-eligible individuals and families.

An eviction notice and/or a utility disconnection notice are required.

Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Lydia Cardenas Send email
(210) 226-6178

The Guadalupe Community Center provides free, wrap-around support and advocacy services to help individuals and families in need work towards self-sufficiency.

Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Notice

We remain open to provide services to families in our neighborhood. Before visiting, please call to verify days and hours of operation.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.

Requirements:

  • Must reside within parish boundary.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • We serve on a case-to-case basis, we will not turn you away if it is your first visit.

Free.

Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elida San Miguel - President
(210) 432-3176

The Financial and Housing Recovery Center is part of the Recovery and Resiliency Plan for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan includes a section on community resilience, which ensures that households and businesses affected by COVID-19 have the resources and tools to become financially resilient and better prepared to withstand future economic challenges.

Financial Benefits Navigation
Through Financial Benefits Navigation we work with federal, state, and local benefits providers and with community partners, to include referral services such as unemployment, TANF, CHIP, housing authority waitlist registration, utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, etc.

Financial Counseling
Financial Counselors through the Financial and Housing Recovery Center, assist residents with budgeting, debt management, credit report education, and linking to positive products through Bank On San Antonio, etc.

Currently, all appointments are virtual via email and phone. To schedule an appointment, please call the number below or copy and paste this link into your web browser: https://www.sanantoniofec.org/Make-An-Appointment/Willie-Velasquez-Appointment

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.

Must reside within parish boundary. Food service requires walk-in. Utility Assistance requires a home visit

Monday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tuesday: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Homer Cadena - President Send email
(210) 736-3883

Each we provide:

  • Food Pantry to the community
  • Gently used clothes and shoes
  • Toiletry Items
  • Enrollment in the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) through the City of San Antonio
  • Mobile showers for our homeless neighbors in partnership with the City of San Antonio
  • Homeless Resource Hub offering connections to available services

Free

Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Albert Campbell - Outreach Pastor
Najuma Smith-Cunningham - Community Outreach Liaison
Notice

Call for hours and other information about services currently being offered.

The Claude Black Community Center provides an array of services to the local community, including providing comprehensive nutrition services to seniors and housing emergency assistance services.

Members of the public can also reserve space for community meetings and activities.

For information on the Center or on activities provided at the center please contact the center.

Monday: 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM Tuesday: 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM Wednesday: 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM Thursday: 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM Friday: 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED

The Financial and Housing Recovery Center is part of the Recovery and Resiliency Plan for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan includes a section on community resilience, which ensures that households and businesses affected by COVID-19 have the resources and tools to become financially resilient and better prepared to withstand future economic challenges.

Financial Benefits Navigation
Through Financial Benefits Navigation we work with federal, state, and local benefits providers and with community partners, to include referral services such as unemployment, TANF, CHIP, housing authority waitlist registration, utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, etc.

Financial Counseling
Financial Counselors through the Financial and Housing Recovery Center, assist residents with budgeting, debt management, credit report education, and linking to positive products through Bank On San Antonio, etc.

Currently, all appointments are virtual via email and phone. To schedule an appointment, please call the number below or copy and paste this link into your web browser: https://www.sanantoniofec.org/Make-An-Appointment/Claude-Black-Community-Center-Appointment
Notice

We remain open to provide services to families in our neighborhood. Before visiting, please call to verify days and hours of operation.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.

Requirements:

  • Valid ID preferred.
  • Must reside within parish boundary.
  • Application with household members and information.
  • Clothing and Household items also available on food distribution days, you do not need to live in parish boundaries for these items.
Tuesday and Friday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cleo Boyd - President
(210) 434-9269