RESOURCES & INFORMATION

FOR FORMER FOSTER YOUTH

Texas Foster Youth Justice Project

A Guide for those “Aging Out” of Foster Care in Texas

This handbook was created by the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project, a program that provides free legal advice and representation to current and former foster youth in Texas. The Guide reviews important topics such as:

  • Your Rights in Foster Care
  • Getting Ready to Live On Your Own
  • Education, including financial assistance
  • Applying for Medicaid and Other Public Benefits
  • Finding a Place to Live, including financial assistance
  • Other Legal Issues such as Criminal Law, Immigration Law, and Family Law

You can find this guide and many other helpful resources at texasfosteryouth.org.

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QUICK TIPS / INFORMATION

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Dial 211 or go to www.211texas.org

DFPS Services PALs

4346 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229
210-733-7932

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE
The San Antonio Community Resource Directory (SACRD)

SACRD is a directory of resources offered by congregations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and compassionate groups in and around San Antonio.

HOUSING ASSISTANCE
THRU PROJECT NEXT STEP HOUSING

THRU Project offers free housing to eligible youth as well as priority housing vouchers to youth who have aged out. Click the link to learn more!

THRIVE YOUTH CENTER

Haven for Hope
1 Haven for Hope Way
San Antonio, TX
210.212.2935

THE STEPS ONLINE GUIDE TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Click to learn more

UPBRING BeREAL

Upbring BeREAL provides housing placements in apartments in San Antonio, Austin, & San Marcos. They also provide:

  • Direct assistance for food, clothing, transportation and cell phones
  • Case management
  • Household setup (furniture and supplies)
  • Life skills development opportunities
  • Mentoring and permanent connections to caring adults
    To learn more, call: 512-813-9828
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT
RISE RECOVERY

Phone: 210-227-2634
Email: [email protected]
24-Hour Recovery Resource Helpline: 210-SAY-CARE

YOUTH BENEFITS
GEORGE GERVIN CENTER

6944 South Sunbelt Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78218
210.568.8800

PROJECT QUEST

800 Quintana Rd., Bldg 8
San Antonio, TX 78211
210.630.4690

RESTORE EDUCATION

4205 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Office: (210) 432.6123

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
METHODIST HEALTHCARE MINISTRIES

MHM provides community counseling services at little to no cost. You must make an appointment and bring required documents to be seen. Click the button to learn more and find a location nearest to you.

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

If you need to talk or are concerned about a person you know, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If someone is in immediate danger to themselves or others, call 9-1-1 right away.

Looking for more information on possible warning signs or addition resources?

FOOD/GROCERY ASSISTANCE
CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Catholic Charities food pantry provides immediate food assistance including canned goods, dairy products, meat, bread and pastries, and even fresh, organic produce from their own St. Phocas Garden.

Located at 2127 S. Zarzamora St.
San Antonio, TX 78207

Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm
Offering free food, clothes, and diapers

CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES

CAM offers food assistance for individuals/families with a home/proof of residence. Times may vary. Click the link on their website for “All CAM Services” to learn the scope of their assistance.

SA HOPE CENTER

The SA Hope Center, which is formerly the Christian Hope Resource Center, is no longer taking walk-ins after COVID. You’ll need to either call, email, or fill out their online form to receive services.

GUADALUPE COMMUNITY CENTER

Also a part of Catholic Charities, this food pantry provides immediate food assistance including canned goods, dairy products, meat, bread and pastries, and even fresh, organic produce from our own St. Phocas Garden.

Located at 2127 S. Zarzamora St. San Antonio, TX 78207

Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm
Offering free food, clothes, and diapers

HISPANIC RELIGIOUS PARTNERSHIP

This organization operates in a partnerships with Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Click the link to get help with:

  • Diaper Bank
  • Emergency Food & Household Assistance, Vision Enrollment, Federal Benefits Referral, Job Placement Assistance, and other vital services’
  • Hunger Relief: various food pantries and special outreach programs
HOUSE OF NEIGHBORLY SERVICES

A San Antonio Food Bank partner agency, they help San Antonio residents put food on their tables. They distribute food boxes each week and provide walk-in assistance as able

LEGAL ASSISTANCE
CRIMINAL ISSUES

Texas Foster Youth Justice Program
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