Harris County Community Services Department
Housing and Community Development
This office is focused on addressing the housing, infrastructure and public service needs of the low to moderate income community in Harris County. This is accomplished through a process of securing and managing grants from the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and partnerships with other government and non-profit agencies, resulting in a variety of programs, projects and services.
- Affordable Housing Construction Projects
- Down Payment Assistance
- Home Repair
- Public Facilities and Improvements
- Parks and Community Centers
- Disaster Recovery
- Replacing aging ground water systems with surface water
- Public Services
- After School Programs
- Meals for Elderly and Disabled
- Health Care and Senior Activities
- Homeless Services
This office was established in 2008 to increase mobility to residents, whether they are living outside of the Metro service area, are elderly or disabled.
- Fixed Route, Paratransit and Park and Ride Bus Service Outside of Metro Service Area
- Harris County Rides Program – Discounted Transportation for Seniors and Those Physically Impaired
- Harris County Medical Transportation – Non-emergency Health-Related Appointments for Low- to-Moderate Income Seniors and Those Physically Impaired
- Harris County Paratransit Service is a shared ride services for those living within ¾ of a mile from a fixed route bus services who have disabilities. Paratransit will get you to your fixed route.
The Harris County Housing and Community Resource Center, offers a customized online search for the best affordable housing available for those facing homelessness or eviction. Additional community resources such as emergency shelter, employment, health screenings, transportation, food, clothing are also provided. For those wishing to check out these services themselves, go to www.hrc.hctx.net. For direct, customized support from a qualified Resource Navigator, call (713) 696-1998.
Harris County Residents experiencing financial and personal challenges are assessed daily by case managers to determine if they qualify for a specific case management program.
- Rental Assistance
- Emergency Utility Assistance
- Referrals for food, clothing and mental health
Thanks to a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission, veterans or qualified family members may receive emergency rent and utility payment. Anyone wishing to make an appointment for a case manager may call (713) 696-2900. Due to a high volume of calls please be prepared for an extended hold time.
Veterans Services helps veterans, their dependents and survivors understand what services are available based on their eligibility. This office will help the veteran services applicant to navigate the process of applying for and receiving the benefits, starting with identify the correct documents and forms. Veterans, their dependents or survivors may qualify for emergency rental or utility assistance through a Texas Veterans Commission grant administered through this office. To reach Veterans Services, call (281) 876-6600.
Bereavement Services provides a simple but dignified funeral home service for indigent individuals within Harris County. Cases are commonly referred through the Institute of Forensic Sciences, a local hospital or funeral home. Burial is provided at the Harris County Cemetery, at 21122 Crosby Eastgate Road. For more information, call (713) 696-1952.