TexasLawHelp.org has free legal information and court-approved forms with step-by-step instructions — think of the site for DIY Civil Legal Aid. Also on the site is a statewide legal clinic calendar, a legal help finder, and LiveChat. LiveChat helps visitors find the information and forms for their legal needs.
Click here for direct links to frequently asked for forms on TexasLawHelp.org.
The program offers accurate, well-organized, and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs. 2-1-1 Texas is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling, or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know.
To learn more about their services, click here or call 2-1-1.
Aging and Disability Resource Center
Offering help for older adults and people with disabilities, the organization was designed to streamline public access to long-term services care programs. They serve as a key point of access to person-centered long-term services and supports, specialized information, referrals, and act as a one-stop shop for people who need help finding long-term care services.
For more information, click here—or call 855-937-2372.
Adult Protective Services (APS)
APS investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults who are elderly or have disabilities and who live in the community. Any adult who has a disability or who is age 65 or older that is in a state of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may be eligible to receive adult protective services.
Victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may get short-term help with shelter, home repairs, food, transportation, managing money, medical care, home healthcare services, and mental health services.
To learn more about what they do, their mission, and information on signs of abuse—click here.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provide services to help older Texans, their family members, and caregivers. They provide information and help obtain services and benefits that affect older Texans like Medicare application, locating accessible housing, and assisted living facilities.
Each Area Agency on Aging may provide different services. Services are provided to people ages 60 and older and are targeted to those with the greatest economic and social need. Particular attention is paid to people with low-incomes, older people who belong to minority groups, and older people residing in rural areas. In addition, family members and other caregivers may receive information and services on behalf of an older person they care for.
To find your local Area Agency on Agency, visit the statewide directory here. Or you may contact your local AAA by phone at 800-252-9240.
Local Legal Aid Offices
Texas is a big state. We have 254 counties, more than any other state. It takes three local legal aid organizations to serve our state — they are broken up by geographic areas: Legal Aid of Northwest Texas serving Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, West Texas, and the Panhandle; Lone Star Legal Aid serving Greater Houston and East Texas; and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid serving San Antonio-Austin Area, Central Texas, and the Texas-Mexico Border.
To see the entire list of counties that each organization serves and a map, click here.
Texas Veterans Commission
The Texas Veterans Commission works with veterans and their families on claims representation, counseling, veterans employment services, veterans education, veteran entrepreneur program, health care advocacy, veterans mental health, veterans issues unique to women, and more.
The Texas Veterans Commission works tirelessly so that each veteran receives every benefit that they deserve. When veterans work with their counselors, the quality of life for that veteran and their family significantly increases.
Find out more of how the Texas Veterans Commission can help you and your family here.
Texas Veterans Portal
The Texas Veterans Portal connects veterans, their families, and caregivers to the benefits and services earned through their military service.
They have information and resources on Health and Wellness; Education and Training; Employment and Career; Housing and Loans, Licenses and Permits; Records and Medals; Dependents and Caregivers; Legal and Financial; Disabilities and Claims; Women Veterans; Agencies; and Events and Calendar.
Find more information, manage your claims, and download the Texas Veterans App here.
TexVet: Trusted Information and Resources
TexVet is the state clearinghouse for trusted information, resources, data, technical support, and research relevant to service members, veterans, their families, and those who serve them. The site has information on mental health, homelessness, property taxes, free local events, and legal aid options.
Find more information and to see a list of veteran-serving organizations across the state, click here.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.
Find information on public housing and contact information for your local housing agency here.
Your Texas Benefits
State benefit programs help people with little or no money who are in need. Public benefits include SNAP Food Benefits (Lone Star Card), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Healthcare, Support-Services, and WIC Food Benefits.
Your Texas Benefits is the statewide benefit portal where you can apply for new benefits and manage your current benefits—there's even an App.