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Housing/ Utilities

Housing/Utility Assistance

The San Antonio Housing Authority provides housing assistance to children, adults and seniors through Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Mixed-Income housing programs.

Apply online: https://saha.org/housing/find-a-home/apply-for-housing/

Programs are also available through Bexar County for income eligible for Utility Assistance, Housing Assistance, and to help families take steps towards become self-sufficient.

Housing Authority of Bexar County

Some Non-Profit organizations in the Area to explore for assistance with housing and utility assistance can be explored below.

Habitat for Humanity (Home Ownership)

SAMMinistries

 

Catholic Charities of San Antonio

 

Christian Assistance Ministry

City of SA Department of Human Services –FINANCIAL & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES 

 

 

Tenant Rights

Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center
Provides mediation services to individuals living in or businesses operating in Bexar County. Offers people involved in civil disputes a way of settling problems without the expense, time and trouble of going to court. In situations where mediation is not the only possible solution, the Center also offers referrals to other organizations which may provide appropriate services. Examples of what can be provided: Consumer Problems, Child Visitation, Neighbor Complaints, Workplace Issues, Property Damage, Money Owed, Landlord & Tenant, Real Estate & Property, Animal Nuisance, Family Matters, Auto Repair, Small Claims.
Click here for more information.

 

Housing Assistance Program
The Housing Assistance Program (HAP)* provides financial assistance to renters experiencing emergency hardships from COVID-19 and to keep families in their homes. To help with emergency housing needs, HAP has two components: rental assistance and relocation assistance for qualified households facing housing instability. Click here for more information.

 

Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio
The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to promoting fair housing and eliminating discriminatory housing practices in the areas of rental housing, real estate sales, mortgage lending, and homeowners’ insurance.

Family Assistance Center

The Family Assistance Center’s focus is to provide low income families and individuals with support to move toward better jobs and financial self-sufficiency. Through combined federal (Community Services Block Grant), utility (CPS Energy and SAWS), and general fund dollars, the Department of Human Services’ Family Assistance Centers provides help to families in San Antonio and Bexar County that are seeking to meet basic needs, such as utilities and rent, and those aiming for better employment.

 

http://www.sanantonio.gov/humanservices/FinanceEmergency/FamilyAssistanceCenters

GovBenefits

GovBenefits.gov is a free, easy-to-use website that helps people find government benefits and assistance programs they may be eligible to receive.
www.benefits.gov

Habitat for Humanity

https://www.habitatsa.org/

Helping Families Build for Better

Habitat is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit housing organization working in partnership with San Antonio families in need of affordable homes.

 

Homeless Resources

Click Here to search for various housing and shelter options (bottom of website).

Home Repairs

Green and Healthy Homes
The City of San Antonio’s Green and Healthy Homes (SAGHH) provides assistance to owners and landlords of residential properties (both single-family and multi-family ) in creating healthy, safe, energy-efficient and sustainable homes for families and children. The SAGHH is working to prevent and correct housing-related health and safety hazards, such as addressing lead-based paint, household asthma triggers and fire hazards.

Eligibility

  1. House must be built prior to 1978; AND
  2. House must be located within the City of San Antonio; AND
  3. A child age 5 and under must reside in the home or spend at least 6 hours per week in the home; AND
  4. Have a clear title to property; AND
  5. Must be current with property taxes; AND
  6. Household must meet HUD established Income Guidelines for families earning 80% or below of Area Median Income.

City of San Antonio, Neighborhood and Housing Services Department
Click here for more information.

 

Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation
Assists low- to moderate-income homeowners to rehabilitate their substandard and non-code compliant residential properties by providing deferred forgivable loans to cover the cost of the needed repairs.

City of San Antonio, Neighborhood and Housing Services Department
Click here for more information.

 

Under 1 Roof
Replaces worn and damaged roofs with new, energy-efficient roofs for qualified homeowners.

City of San Antonio, Neighborhood and Housing Services Department
Click here for more information.

 

Blue Print Ministries
This non-profit organization restores homes for elderly & disabled low income residents. Home repairs can range from roofing & dry wall repair to subflooring installation & painting.
www.blueprintministry.com

 

Casa Verde SA/Weatherization (City Public Service, CPS)

Weatherization assistance program  assist low-income homeowners & renters by installing upgrades that increase the energy efficiency of their houses & reduce utility bills. Partnership between the City of San Antonio & CPS Energy. Houses must be structurally sound. Casa Verde SA is NOT a home repair program. Administered by CPS Energy and uses local contractors & energy auditors to complete the work. Attic/wall insulation, caulking, weatherstripping, solar screens.
www.cpsenergy.com/casaverde

 

HOW Foundation- Tree Trimming Service and Brush Removal
Services provided by alcohol & drug recovery persons with disabilities. No lawn services, only trees. Services in San Antonio, Austin, & surrounding communities.
howfoundationsa.org

 

Rebuilding Together San Antonio
501C3 Charity dedicated to the repair & rehabilitation of homes of military veterans & their families, the poor, elderly, & disabled. General repairs done by volunteers on the Annual Home Repair Workday in selected neighborhoods.
www.rebuildingtogether-sa.org

Housing Assistance

 San Antonio Housing Authority – Assisted Housing Programs

SAHA’s mission is to provide quality affordable housing.  The Assisted Housing Programs include the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, also known as the Section 8 program, and the Special Programs which target specific groups such as homeless persons or persons with disabilities. The HCV Program provides eligible low-income individuals and families with the ability to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.

The HCV Program sets aside a determined number of vouchers for targeted groups such as the homeless, homeless veterans, and for persons with disabilities. These Special Programs include the following:

  • Homeless Services Voucher (HSV) Program
  • Mainstream Program
  • Moderate Rehabilitation (MOD) Program
  • Set Aside Homeless Voucher Program (SHVP)
  • Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Shelter Plus Care (SPC) Program
  • Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

Click here for more information.

Tenant/Landlord Mediation

HUD Certified housing counselors are trained to resolve disputes between residential tenants and landlords. Counselors are available to provide clarification regarding the legal rights and obligations of tenants and landlords as governed by chapters 91, 92 and 94 of the Texas Property Code.

Counselors can discuss concerns involving evictions, repairs, security deposits, utilities billing and termination, code violations, lease disputes, occupancy standards and other related issues. Counselors are not attorneys and do not provide legal advice.

Telephone counseling is available free of charge.

Click Here for more information (bottom of page)

 

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

United Way has become synonymous with caring and helping children, families and individuals. We have a long tradition of helping people with basic needs – food, clothing, shelter and safety – and changing lives through strong, well-managed programs. United Way is also engaging the community to get to the heart of problems

https://www.uwsatx.org/

Utility Assistance Programs

Plumbers to People (San Antonio Water System)
If you are having trouble paying your water bill, the Uplift Program is available to help ease the burden of utility costs for qualifying customers.
To be eligible for Uplift you must:

  • Be a SAWS residential account holder.
  • Meet income requirements.
  • Complete the Uplift application.

https://www.saws.org/service/affordability-programs/plumbers-to-people/

 

Project Agua (San Antonio Water System)
San Antonio Water System established Project Agua in 2000 to provide twice-yearly payment assistance to residential SAWS customers who are having difficulty paying their water bill and who meet the Federal Income Assistance Guidelines.

Eligibility requirements are determined by the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services .

Click here for more information.

 

Project REAP (CPS Energy)
This program provides help to pay energy bills for customers who qualify for assistance.

To qualify for REAP you must:

  • Have income at or below 125% of federal poverty guidelines and be experiencing financial hardship.
  • Be elderly, handicapped, have small children in your home, or require critical-care equipment.
  • Be a resident of San Antonio or Bexar County.

Click here for more information.


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