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 is comprised of the following divisions including Emergency Utility Assistance, Emergency Rental/Mortgage Assistance, Housing Stability Case Management, and Bereavement Services.  For additional information about our programs, please call 713 696-7900, email, or see our program brochure by clicking (here).

How We Can Help?

To learn more about how we may be able to assist you, we invite to click (here) if you have an emergency financial need related to utility disconnection or rental vacate notice/past-due mortgage.


For many, you have a job. You work hard. But unforeseen circumstances can make it hard to make all ends meet.  That is where the Harris County Housing and Community Development may be able to help.

Assistance is subject to available funding.  In the case of utility assistance, HCD partners with area utility providers who are able to make a limited amount of funds available to help people in need.

If you qualify and if funding is available, we are happy to assist. We encourage you to contact (713) 696-7900.

Rental Assistance

Harris County residents work hard; but, from time-to-time, unforeseen circumstances may make it difficult to take care of the bare necessities.

Harris County Housing and Community Development is constantly working with local, federal, state and other agencies to identify funds for those who may have a one-time issue making rental or mortgage payments. 

Funding can be scarce; however, we invite you to apply in the event we may be able to help. 

Bereavement Services

The mission of the Harris County Bereavement Program is to ensure that all deceased paupers who die in Harris County have access to a simple and dignified funeral service and burial.  For additional information, please contact the Bereavement Program at (713) 696-1952.