YOUTH RESOURCES

Community Resources for Former Foster Youth

This page contains a host of resources — everything from housing to rent assistance to information about insurance. We continually add to this page so if you don’t see something that you’re needing, please give a call or send us an email. We can help!

Use the links below to navigate our other youth pages. See job openings or jump to our information page about DFPS benefits after aging out of foster care.

AGING OUT INFORMATION
DFPS SERVICES / PALS

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

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.

BOOK COVER: A Guide for those "Aging Out" of Foster Care in Texas
RENT/UTILITIES ASSISTANCE
ST. VINCENT de PAUL

Family and Community Assistance Program: Limited financial assistance is provided for expenses such as utility bills, rent, funeral arrangements, and medication. Call 210-220-2340

Food Assistance: Call 210-225-7837

HOPE CENTER - ALAMO HEIGHTS METHODIST CHURCH

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Hope Center is currently assisting eligible households with CPS bills only. Please call 210-826-3215 ext. 212 and leave your name and phone number.

BEXAR COUNTY STRONG: COVID RELIEF PROGRAMS

Bexar County, in cooperation with CPS Energy and other county utilities, offers access to programs to help those financially affected by COVID-19 receive assistance with utility payments.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Emergency Financial Assistance: to prevent homelessness & utility disconnection
Financial Coaching & Budgeting Assessment
Financial help for those about to be evicted/utilities disconnected (*Eviction notice and/or utility disconnection notice required.*)
SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

For more information, call (210) 226-6178

CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES

Food/Grocery Assistance
Utility/Prescription Financial Assistance
ID Recovery
Clothing

SAMM MINISTRIES

Rental Assistance
Utility Support
Long-Term Housing Assistance

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMS

Utility Assistance
Employment Supports
Assistance in applying for benefits
Referrals to other Community Services

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

Emergency grants are available to both degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students and will be given out as long as funds are available. These are one-time funds that are administered as long as a financial aid application is on file and if all financial aid, such as grants and student loans, are exhausted. Those without a FAFSA or TASFA on file or whose aid is not exhausted may be offered an emergency loan. This emergency loan will need to be repaid within the semester.

ALAMO COLLEGES

If you are an Alamo Colleges Student, find help through Emergency Student Aid for groceries, rent, utilities, healthcare expenses & childcare.

Read more on the aid they receives from the CARES Act and please contact the Alamo Colleges Advocacy Helpline at 210-486-1111 for assistance.

TAMU - SAN ANTONIO

If you are a TAMU-SA student, find help through Emergency Student Aid for groceries, rent, utilities, healthcare expenses, and childcare.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Financial Empowerment for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care

When youths get close to aging out of foster care, it’s important to plan for emancipation. In this article, you can learn more about:

  • 5 Financial Roadblocks Youths Aging Out Face and How to Overcome Them
  • Expert Advice on Education and Finances
  • Resources for Youths Who Transition Out of Foster Care
MULTIPLE RESOURCE ASSISTANCE
2-1-1 TEXAS

Find help in Texas for food, health, housing and more!

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.

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMS

Referrals to other community services but also handles:

Utility Assistance
Employment Supports
Assistance in applying for benefits

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!

SALVATION ARMY

Emergency Housing Assistance
Transitional Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing

SAMM MINISTRIES

Rental Assistance
Utility Support
Long-Term Housing Assistance

THRIVE YOUTH CENTER

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

THE STEPS ONLINE GUIDE TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

From public housing & subsidizing living to rent help and other assistance, get expert advice and find the resources you need to secure an affordable home.

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
TREATMENT CENTERS DIRECTORY

If you are ready to take the first step on your recovery journey, you can consult the Texas treatment facility listings on Treatment Centers Directory, or you can call the helpline at 800-838-1752.

  • Drug & Alcohol Addiction
  • Detox & Rehab Programs
  • Treatment of Dual Diagnosis
  • 24/7 Toll-Free Treatment Hotline
RISE RECOVERY

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

ADDICTIONS.COM
  • Find drug & alcohol rehab centers
  • Learn how addiction treatment works
  • Comprehensive addiction education
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
JOB OPENINGS YOU CAN VIEW ON THIS WEBSITE!
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO TRAINING FOR JOB SUCCESS PROGRAM

Following are some of the resources and services available through the Training for Job Success Program for individuals seeking better employment:

  • Job readiness activities such as assistance with résumé writing, interviewing skills and job leads
  • Scholarship opportunities for Alamo Colleges Demand Occupations Training Programs
  • Textbooks, supplies and uniforms required for Demand Occupations Training Programs
  • One-on-One career coaching, case management services and counseling services
  • Assistance with utilities and rent
  • Connection to other community resources

* Eligible participants must meet income criteria upon enrollment into the program.

For more information, please contact the program.

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO TRAINING FOR JOB SUCCESS PROGRAM

Following are some of the resources and services available through the Training for Job Success Program for individuals seeking better employment:

  • Job readiness activities such as assistance with résumé writing, interviewing skills and job leads
  • Scholarship opportunities for Alamo Colleges Demand Occupations Training Programs
  • Textbooks, supplies and uniforms required for Demand Occupations Training Programs
  • One-on-One career coaching, case management services and counseling services
  • Assistance with utilities and rent
  • Connection to other community resources

* Eligible participants must meet income criteria upon enrollment into the program.

For more information, please contact the program.

RESTORE EDUCATION

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

PROJECT QUEST

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

ALAMO PROMISE

AlamoPROMISE covers tuition and required fees for current academic year graduates from participating high schools seeking an academic certificate or associate’s degree at one of the five Alamo Colleges: Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, and St. Philip’s College.

To become an AlamoPROMISE scholar, you must be a senior from a participating high school graduating during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

TxDOT GRANT FOR EDUCATION

The Conditional Grant Program is available to eligible students pursuing a degree in engineering or a department-approved operational business discipline. The Conditional Grant Program will consider both Texas public and private four-year institutions. It will consider both Texas public and private four-year institutions. Students accepted into the program receive up to $3,000 per semester or $6,000 per academic year, based on financial need.

Application

Please read below for eligibility requirements. If you are eligible, we encourage you to fill out an application.

TxDOT COLLEGE & SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS. TxDOT’s Summer Internship Program is designed for high school and college students who are seeking to gain practical work experience in support occupations, vocational trade, and engineering jobs.

TxDOT hires students for various positions and pays them an hourly wage. The summer employment period begins May 1 and ends Aug. 15 of every year.

COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS. College and graduate students are introduced to career opportunities in transportation-related fields. Academic credit for work experience is awarded based on an institution’s intern policy.

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?

BRIDGING WHOLE HEALTH

Local nonprofit with a high focus on mental health.

  • Mental health services
  • Counseling
  • Medical services
  • Holistic Services: yoga, massage, etc.

Who do they serve?

  • The medically under-served
  • The under-insured
  • The non-insured
  • The low-income worker
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

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

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.

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

THE AGAPE MINISTRY

Emergency assistance for food & clothing.

  • 127 Lanark Dr.
  • San Antonio, TX 78218
  • 210-590-6655
HOPE CENTER - ALAMO HEIGHTS METHODIST CHURCH

Emergency assistance for food & utilities assistance

  • 825 E. Basse Rd.
  • San Antonio, TX 78209
  • 210-826-3215 ext 212
LEGAL ASSISTANCE
CRIMINAL ISSUES

Texas Foster Youth Justice Program
Quick Guidelines

INSURANCE SERVICES
AFFORDABLEHEALTHINSURANCE.COM

There’s a wealth of resources here about how to find affordable health insurance and Texas health insurance frequently asked questions.

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