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Those in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to call the 211 Texas/United Way helpline to find an organization in your geographic region that can serve you. You can also contact the helpline through the following ways:

If you are in immediate danger or need emergency assistance, call 911 first. Otherwise, for non-emergency situations, please use one of our Hotline numbers to find help.

Interested learning about new resources as they become available? Fill out the Gulf Coast COVID survey to be texted information about resources and help the non-profit, educational, and philanthropic communities understand the economic needs of households affected by ‌COVID-19‌.

For food assistance, you can Find a Houston Food Bank partner near you, apply for SNAP, or text FOOD to 855-308-2282 to find the nearest food pantry in your area.

For medical services, the Texas Association of Community Health Centers has a website where you can search for community health centers, health center networks, and other providers serving the uninsured in Texas.

Information on SNAP, TANF Cash Help, and other state benefit programs can be found on the Your Texas Benefits website.

BakerRipley Utility Assistance Program: The Utility Assistance program helps families and individuals in Harris County with the payment of their electricity and gas bills. If you are interested in applying for assistance, please contact Utility Assistance Hotline at 713-590-2327 or the United Way of Greater Houston’s Helpline (2-1-1) to request an application.

For immigration resources, visit

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

For information on COVID-19 resources, and other preparedness information for Harris County, visit

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