The Office of Social Services
The Office of Social Services is committed to serving the community through assistance to low-to-moderate income families and individuals in need. The Office of Social Services is comprised of the following sections that help disabled adults, veterans, and low-income families who meet their eligibility guidelines.
Emergency Utility Assistance
Emergency utility assistance is available when clients are faced with a utility termination notice. Referrals are made to clients with needs beyond the scope and resources of this office to other service providers who can address additional needs.
The Office of Social Services provides case management to low-income families and disabled adults to aid them in attaining greater self-sufficiency. The goal is to provide services that afford the highest level of personal independence though effective use of resources. Case Management can also assist Harris County Residents who require emergency assistance for vacate/eviction notice.
The Bereavement Services program insures that every indigent citizen of Harris County without adequate resources receive a simple but dignified funeral service. The Texas Health and Safety Code requires counties to bury or cremate the indigent. This program, which provides this service of last resort, will work either with families to arrange a county funeral service or with referral services to obtain low-cost funeral services.
Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are entitled to certain benefits that reflect the pride and gratitude the country has for its veterans. The Veterans Services program advocates for veterans and their dependents in Harris County. They provide assistance to veterans and their dependents with the application process regarding compensation, pension, medical, education, insurance, and death benefits. This office also assists veterans and their dependents in obtaining important documentation needed to apply for benefits.
Funding for these programs are provided in part by the Harris County Community Development Block Grant, The Emergency Solutions Grant, the City of Houston’s Emergency Solution’s Grant and the Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans Assistance. The fund for Veterans Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.