What to Ask When you call an Agency:

  1. Do you provide direct services?
  2. What documents do I need to bring?
  3. What are the eligibility requirements?
  4. Where are you and how do I get there?
  5. Be prepared to tell your story and what you need.

Residential Shelters- Under age 18
Residential Shelters- Over age 18
Emergency Shelters in downtown area
Hotlines & Information/Referral
Basic Needs
Substance Abuse
Health Care
Legal Aid
STD Clinics
Employment Services
Specialized Services-Child Protective Services
Specialized Services-Foster Care Alumni
Specialized Services-LGBT
Specialized Services-Juvenile Probation


Under 18 Years of Age


(Nancy and Rich) Kinder Emergency Shelter


6300 Chimney Rock

Houston,TX 77081

The Kinder Emergency shelter provides youth 12-17 years old who are in crisis with a safe, short-term, home-like environment until they can be returned home or to a more permanent placement. Youth requesting placement in the Shelter must contact the TRIAD Intake Diversion Program at the number and address above.

Group Homes:

Boys and Girls Harbor


514 Bayridge Road

LaPorte,TX 77571

88 bed co-ed facility. Ages 5-14 at time of admission. Cottage setting with family environment on Trinity Bay

Youth Reach Houston


P.O. Box #9631

Houston,TX 77213

Licensed Christian foster group home in NE Harris County for boys 12-21. Accepts runaways, street kids, court involved, and substance abusers.

Residential Facilities for substance abuse and behavioral needs:

AAMA House-


6001 Gulf Freeway

Houston,TX 77023

Supportive housing program for homeless youth ages 13-17. Facilitates the movement of individuals to permanent housing through skills training. Must have drug issues. Outpatient services. 28 beds total.

The Center for Success and Independence


3722 Pinemont

Houston,TX 77018

44 bed co-ed residential facility for youth ages 12-17 experiencing behavioral, educational and emotional problems.

Odyssey House Texas, Inc.


5629 Grapevine

Houston,TX 77085

29 beds co-ed. Length of stay is 4 to 9 months. Unlocked, residential treatment programs for adolescents 13-17 who have substance abuse issues.

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Over 18 years of Age:


Covenant House Texas


1111 Lovett Blvd.

Houston,TX 77006

90 beds, co-ed, voluntary shelter offering food, clothing, health care, legal assistance and counseling to homeless and runaway youth. Licensed for ages 18-21. Accepts teen mothers with babies. Pregnant girls accepted. GED program, job training. Walk-in services for cleaning up, medical and counseling.

Salvation Army


1603 McGowen

Houston,TX 77002

Shelter for single adults and families:

Bay Area Homeless Shelter


3406 Wisconsin

Baytown,TX 77520

28 day shelter for homeless singles or families. Lodging, meals, referrals

St. Johns United Methodist Church-after Dark program


People needing a bed for the night can go after 5 PM. Open 7 nights a week. Adults only. Dinner and breakfast included.



2505 Fannin

Houston,TX 77002

Full facility adult shelter. Meals, showers, laundry, dentist, HIV counseling, medical & psychological services, telephones, mailing address and voice mail for job leads provided. Also provides therapeutic child development (at House of Tiny Treasures) for participants or while homeless search for jobs. Gold card services. Referrals for ID, clothing, support agencies.

Mission of Yahweh



Houston,TX 77041

Temporary emergency shelter for women and children. Boys must be 8 and under, girls under 12. Accepts pregnant women not past 4th month. Must be drug and alcohol free for 30 days and able to climb stairs.

The Bridge


213 W. Southmore #302

Houston,TX 77502

Residential (3 week) emergency shelter for 75 women and children who are battered or homeless. One year transitional program (DestinyVillage). Both programs have daycare centers. Counseling provided.

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Emergency shelters in downtown area:

Star of Hope Women & Family Shelter

Headquarters 6897 Ardmore, Houston 77054 713-748-0700

Transitional Living Center 6801 Ardmore, Houston 77054 713-748-7242

Women and Family Emergency Shelter 419 Dowling, Houston, 77003 713-222-2220

Men’s Development Center 1811 Ruiz, Houston, 77002 713-227-8900

Transitional Center has 6 buildings with 11 units each for families, plus 45 rooms for single women. Children bused to school through HISD. Social services and medical clinic on site. Social Security disability benefit specialist, VA benefits specialists. Residents assist in upkeep. Also, two short-term

Open Door Mission


5803 Harrisburg Boulevard

Houston,TX 77011

Christian facility providing shelter, rehabilitation, support and counseling for homeless men.

Group Homes:

Youth Reach Houston


P.O. Box #9631

Houston,TX 77213

Licensed Christian foster group home in NE Harris County for boys 12-21. Accepts runaways, street kids, court involved, and substance abusers.

Pregnant/ Parenting (Single Mothers):




7515 Wanda Lane

Houston,TX 77074

Gracewood is an independent , Christian Ministry that assist single parent mothers and their children through residential, group care, mentoring, financial planning, teaching, counseling and referral to valuable community resources.

Alternatives in Motion (Adoption Agency)

24 hr. 800-776-6508

2509 FM 1960 East, Suite B, Houston77073


Emergency, 24 hour, comprehensive child placing services with availability of transportation and housing for pregnant women or young parents unable to continue parenting. Respite housing, medical and dental care. Counseling 24 hours. No pressure to release. May meet adoptive parents and have them present at birth if so desired. Non-profit, non-sectarian Christian. Bilingual.

Homes of St. Mark


7880 San Felipe St., Ste. 111,Houston77063

Supervised foster care placement for pregnant girls. No fee to mother if child is released for adoption. Medical care and counseling provided. Open adoption. Counselor: 1-800-543-2229



PO Box 27127,Houston77227

Housing services for up to 6 pregnant teens, ages 12-24. Residents receive educational, spiritual, and emotional support. Counseling provided to young women and their families. Prenatal and birth medical services are coordinated through local hospitals. Classes include childbirth, parenting, budgeting, etc. All services are free of charge. LifeHouse Houston – 2002 S. Wayside, Suite 113, Houston 77023, phone 713-528-6044 – assists with baby formula.

Single Women (rehabilitation)

The Women’s Home



607 Westheimer

Houston,TX 77006

56 bed long-term residential rehabilitation program for single women. Provides housing, job training, psychiatric services, psychotherapy, and spiritual development. Requires 90 days sobriety prior to admission.



Transitional residence for women, able to be trained in job skills. No children. relapse prevention class offered.

Foster Care Alumni:

W.I.L.D. (Women Independently Living and Developing) Program

YWCA Houston


3220 Broadway Street

Houston,TX 77017

Provides housing, case management, counseling, and life skills training to young women, ages 18-30, who have aged out of foster care and desire to pursue higher education/training.

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Hotlines & Information/Referral

Covenant House Crisis Line


Counseling, information and referral for runaway and homeless youth ages 18-21

Crisis Intervention ofHouston

713-HOTLINE (713- 468-5463)

Teen Line


Crisis intervention, counseling and referral information. Suicide prevention. Open 24 hours. Houston, Clear Lake, Brazoria, and Galveston areas. Spanish speaking available 24 hours.

Houston Area Women’s Center

Domestic Violence Hotline :713-528-2121

Sexual Assault/Abuse Hotline :713-528-7273

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotlines 24hrs/day, 7 days/week. Agency serves women, men, children, and adolescents. Provides: crisis counseling, shelter, counseling, referrals, volunteer information and general information. Hospital accompaniment if needed. Emergency transportation to shelter available. Access to Children’s Court Services. English/Spanish/language line for other languages. TDD available for hearing impaired.

Suicide Hotline

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Operated by the Jason Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness, education and prevention of youth suicide. All services are free in West Oaks, Kingwood Pines, Cypress Creek Hospitals service area.

Runaway Switchboard

TX Hotline :1-888-580-4357

National Hotline: 1-800-786-2929

Counseling and referral. Will relay messages back to families. 3 –way conference calls. Home free program provides way back for qualified youth.

United Way Help Line

211 or 713-957-4357

For information and referral on community resources

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Houston


Telephone counseling and I & R services by volunteers. 24 hours/day

Legal Line

Free legal advice by Houston and Mexican American Bar Association


1st and 3rd Weds. 5-9pm, 1st Thurs. 6-8pm (Spanish speaking)

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)


1001 Texas Avenue. # 600

Houston,TX 77002

Counseling and paralegal help for any battered person. Usually is spouse, but need not be. Counseling/referral (8-5pm Mon-Fri). Legal representation for low-income clients. Counseling for batterers. Will provide protective orders. No fee except court costs. Sliding fee scale for victims ineligible for state funded legal aid but who cannot afford private legal counsel.

Mental Health of America of Greater Houston

Information and Referral Line: 713-522-5161

2211Norfolk,Suite #810

Houston,TX 77098

Information and referrals for counseling and mental health/mental retardation services, private and public

Region IV Education Service Center


7145 W. Tidwell

Houston,TX 77092

Referral to public educational services for emotionally disturbed, retarded, and handicapped youth. Information on school responsibilities and student rights. Serves 54 districts in 7 counties.

Victim’s Assistance Centre


1310 Prairie #1030

Houston,TX 77002

Comprehensive services and information for victims of violent crimes. Financial aid, information regarding the legal position etc. Mon – Thurs 8:30-5:00pm; Fri 8:30-4:00pm. Supervises visitation of non-custodial parents. Licensed counselor on staff to provide counseling to victims. SAFE program.

Y International Services


6300 Westpark #600

Houston,TX 77057

Immigration department offers assistance with residency, citizenship, family petitions, work & travel permits, K and Y visas, legal consultations, deportation matters, political asylum, Violence Against Women Act, special services for immigrants who are victims of crime, legal referrals, and youth services.

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Basic Needs

Baytown Resource and Assistance Center


5309 Decker Dr. Baytown 77520

Emergency assistance to families/individuals residing in Baytown, Highlands, and W. Chambers county by means of purchase orders to suppliers. Information and referral to other local services. Help with utilities if cut-off notice has been received and rent with eviction notice. For food assistance, must have applied for food stamps but not received them yet. M-F 8:30 –12:00, 1 – 4:00pm. Must come to office to receive assistance. Must bring ID. No appointment necessary.

Catholic Charities


Guadalupe Center, 326 South Jensen,Houston, 77003

Moran Center, 2615 Fannin St, Houston

Texas City Office, 2000 Texas Ave. #500,Texas City

Beacon Of Hope, 6811 Stewart Rd,Galveston

Office hours 8:30 am – 11am, 1pm – 3pm. Counseling, case management, food pantry, employment information – all Harris County zip codes served. When funding is available, provides emergency assistance with rent/utilities. Must bring photo ID and proof of address for all services.

Gulf Coast Community Services Association


19320 Kirby Dr. Houston 77054

Assistance with food, mortgage, rent, and clothing. Also GED and ESL classes. Employment counselor; senior/disabled services. Head Start and Early Head Start, utility services. All Harris County.

Harris County Social Services

With rent, utilities, emergency shelter, indigent burial, medical transportation. Case management to assist with effects of HIV/AIDs. Satellite offices, but must have an appointment through main office.

Hester House


2020 Solo, Houston77020

Assist with gas and rental assistance. Food Pantry once a month for registered clients only in 77020, Emergency Food Pantry for all zip codes Mon-Fri at 3-4pm (once a year).

Life Houston


2002 S. Wayside, Suite 113, Houston 77023

Provides free infant formula and baby food on temporary emergency basis for babies, 0-12 months. Bring birth certif., WIC voucher, mother’s photo ID. Assistance provided up to 6 times during 1st year of life. Parent or caregiver must bring photo ID.

Wesley Community Center


1410 Lee St. 77009

Assists with rent and utilities. Job search assistance. Credit repair coaching

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Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hr: 713-686-6300

4140 Directors Row, Suites D and E, Houston 77092

12-step self help group for those abusing alcohol. Call for nearest group meeting

Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA)


1300A Bay Area Blvd. Suite 102,Houston77058

Educational classes for Minor in Possession (MIP) citations. Assessment and screenings for substance abuse. Services are provided in five counties: Harris, Brazoria, Galveston, and Matagorda

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs – Houston


303JacksonHill, Houston 77007

Bilingual counseling, assessment, and referral services. Region VI Education Center with information on prevention and intervention. Center for Women & Children 281-200-9123 includes KINDER clinic and Cradles Project for children exposed to addictive drugs or HIV during pregnancy. Center for Recovering Families 713-914-0556 assists the whole family with recovery.

Change Happens (FUUSA)


3353 Elgin, Houston 77004

Community based substance abuse prevention and intervention. Mentoring services. Abstinence education. Homeless supportive services. Permanent housing for homeless women. HIV education and testing. After school and summer program for ages 6-17. Availability of programs varies by area, call to determine eligibility.

Ft. Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse

10435 Greenbough #250, Stafford 77477


3926 Ave H #11, Rosenberg 77471


12 week Substance Abuse program. MIP program. DWI Program. Repeat DWI Offender. Drug offender class. Tobacco Awareness for minors. Aftercare offered for adolescents who complete 12 week Substance Abuse program. Drug screens. Outpatient drug treatment for adults with TACADA funding. Some programs available in Spanish (only inRosenbergoffice). Sliding scale fee

Lifeway International


Administrative Office: 6215 Corporate, Houston 77036

Alternative peer group and recovery system in the field of chemical dependency. Serves ages 13-24 and their families throughout the greaterHoustonarea with 10 locations. Fully accredited alternative high school and college bound campus. Highlights the spiritual side of recovery.

Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP)


725 Bateswood, #200,Houston77009

Provides free outpatient drug and alcohol recovery services designed to help both individuals and families recover. Available to teens (12-17), adults (18-25), and parents

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Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County

713-970-4444 or 713-970-7000

MHMRAEligibilityCenter 3630 West Dallas,Houston77019

Comprehensive mental health services are provided for youth ages 3-adult. Services include mental health assessment, medication related services, case management, skills training, counseling and crisis management. Clinical and financial screening is completed to determine eligibility. Eligibility is based on diagnosis, functional impairment. Four outpatient clinics located throughout the city. Services are also provided at schools and other community locations. Call or visit theMHMRAEligibilityCenterfor additional information or assistance. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday: 7:30am-6pm.

Crisis services: Neuropsychiatric Center located at 1502 Ben Taub Loop 713-970-7000. Mobile Crisis services are available.

Alliance for Multi-Cultural Community Services


6440 Hillcroft,Suite411, Houston 77081

Service of Mental Health Association to help refugees fromBosnia,Cuba, SE Asia andEthiopiawhoare risk of emotional crisis. Interpreters conduct assessments so that appropriate referrals are made. Services coordinated and facilitated: volunteers may provide transportation. Bi-monthly social gatherings help build support services.

Asian American Family Services


9440 Bellaire,Ste.228, Houston 77036

Serves the mental health needs of the Asian-American community. Provides bilingual and bicultural counseling, screening, referral and follow-up for social services, training, education, and advocacy; case management and interpreting/translation upon request. Project YEA (Youth Education Advancement) in Alief ISD. Court ordered parenting classes, substance abuse prevention program. Newcomer outreach, education & early intervention program for Asian American seniors. Psychological/psychiatric evaluations. Training for mental health professionals.

Community Family Center


7524 Ave. E.Houston77012

Services for Spanish speaking community. Family support services, food pantry. ESL & GED. Substance abuse program.

DePelchin Children’s Center


4950 Memorial, Houston, TX 77007

Testing, diagnosis, and treatment for behavior, family, & emotional problems. Outpatient and in-home therapy provides evaluation of children needing intensive intervention to prevent hospitalization. Suicide, recent trauma or loss, severe conflict, acute school phobia. Post-adoption counseling. Parenting classes. CHIP, Medicaid, major insurance and sliding scale fees.For STAR home-based therapy for ages 0-17, call 713-664-3459 for appointment.

Montrose Counseling Center


401 Branard, Houston 77006

Counseling to serve the needs of the gay, lesbian, trans-gender, transsexual, and bisexual community. Specialize in sexual identity problems. Trauma counseling for survivors of hate crimes, sexual assault, battering etc. Case management for HIV or AIDS. Public education. Sliding scale. Some grant funds. Accepts Medicaid, and most insurance

Montgomery County Youth Services

105 W. Lewis.Conroe77301


Individual and family counseling for runaways, truants, and troubled youth. Summer Camp. Can arrange shelter care and independent living

Shield-Bearer Counseling Centers


12345 Jones Rd. Suite 285 Houston77070

Individual, family, & group counseling for all ages. Anger management, pregnancy & post-abortion issues, families of children with disabilities, and divorce recovery. Training programs in date rape prevention, anger or ability management, suicide prevention, and couples counseling, Services available regardless of insurance to pay.

TRIAD Prevention Program



6300 Chimney Rock,Houston77081

Combined staff of Juvenile Probation, Harris County Protective Services, and MHMRA offers early intervention services to runaways, truants, and Class C Misdemeanors offenders apprehended by law enforcement or from ‘walk-ins” requesting help with parent/child conflict issues. Counseling, information and referral, parenting program available. Also located in the Justice of the Peace Court and Municipal Courts.

Youth Advocates


5090 Richmond Ave. #476,Houston, 77056

Prevention and intervention services for at-risk youth in the Houston Area. Specific services include counseling, alternative activities, tutoring, mentoring, substance abuse education, and gang prevention and intervention. Host hip-hop culture night free and open to the public featuring: Break dancing, live DJ and open mike. (every Thursday)

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Health Care

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services


6440 Hillcroft,Suite411, Houston 77081

Health care access for refugees; interpreter program; immigration. Health care counseling

Baylor Teen Clinics

Free confidential physicals and treatment for specific infectious diseases, pregnancy testing, family planning, and prenatal care. Immunizations, minor/acute illnesses, sports physicals. Services may vary. Screenings for STD, HIV and AIDS. Health education and parenting training. Fatherhood Program located at the Cullen Health Center. Male clinic at Cullen, Lawn, and Ben Taub for ages 17-28. Parents encouraged to participate with youth. Call for age limits and costs.

Ben Taub 1504 Taub Loop, 77030 713-873-3601

Cavalcade 3815 Cavalcade, 77026 713-673-1655

Cullen 5737 Cullen, Ste.200 713-440-7313

LBJ 5656 Kelley, 77026 713-566-5612

Lawn 8111 Lawn, 77088 281-847-9970

Lee H.S.6529 Beverly Hill Ln., 77057 713-787-1756 serves only Lee HS students

Chavez H.S.8501 Howard, 77017 713-495-6950 serves only Chavez students

De Madres a Madres


1108 Paschall, Houston 77009

Women volunteers help ensure healthy pregnancies for at-risk women (younger, older, low income, medical problems). Help clients obtain clothing, counseling via Houston Area Women’s Center, support through phone calls and home visits. Prenatal classes. Help with infant care after birth. Homeless outreach. Teen mothers eligible for follow-up, or their children birth to age 6. Houston Food Bank – if registered, every other Friday noon – 2pm.

El Centro de Corazon/ Eastwood Health Clinic


5001 Navigation,Houston77011

Prenatal care, pediatrics, nutrition consultation and behavioral health. Monday- Friday 8am-5pm. Call for appointment. All locations accept Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and sliding scale

Good Neighbor Health Care Center


190 Heights Blvd, Houston77007

Eye Clinic: 713-527-8480

Dental Clinic: 713-529-3260

Bilingual, community based health care. Certified midwives from Baylor provide prenatal and postpartum care. Children’s clinic and eye exam available. Immunizations, allergy shots, and wellness checkups. Behavioral health services. Low cost or sliding scale.

Harris County Health Centers and WIC Sites


Main Office:2223 W. Loop South,Houston77027

Preventive health care services include well baby care through 6, dental services for children, EP/STD, family planning, immunizations for children and adults, HIV testing and counseling, prenatal care, and various screenings. Small fees can be waived if patient is indigent.

Harris County Hospital District

Appointment Services:713-526-4243

Tax payer supported hospital and health services for qualified indigent and those able to pay. Doctors are from Baylor College of Medicine and UT Medical School. Apply for gold card before becoming sick to insure faster immediate care. Harris county residents.

Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services

2223 W. Loop South, Houston 77027


Antoine Health Clinic & WIC Clinic

5815 Antoine, Suite A,Houston77091


Humble Health Clinic

1730 Humble Place Dr., Humble 77338


Southeast Health Clinic & WIC Clinic

3737 Red Bluff Rd.,Pasadena77503


BaytownHealth Clinic & WIC Clinic

1000 Lee Drive,Baytown77520


Webster Health Clinic

311 Pennsylvania, Suite200, Webster 77598


Confidential services at 5 locations. Physical exams, health history, laboratory tests including pap smear, health education and counseling, case management, Texas Health Steps Exams, child health services, immunizations and dental care. TheBaytown, Humble andSoutheastHealthCentersoffer special after-care Teen clinics and counseling.

Houston City Health Centers/Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Appointment: 832-393-5428

Administration: 8000 N. Stadium,Houston77054


All appointments must be scheduled through appointment line. Preventive health care: child health, immunizations (no fee with Medicaid). Family planning and maternity clinic – must apply for eligibility.*Teen ServicesNo fee.Ages 12-18

La Nueva Casa 1809 N. Main,77009 713-547-8000

Magnolia Clinic 7037 Capitol,77011 713-928-9800

Southwest 6441 High Star, 77074 713-779-6400

Northside 8523 Arkansas, 77093 713-696-5900

Lyons 5602 Lyons, 77020 713-671-3000

Sharpstown 6201 Bonhomme, 77036 713-780-5600

Sunnyside 9314 Cullen, 77051 713-732-5000

West End 190 Heights, 77007 713-529-3597

Riverside 3315 Delano, 77004 713-831-9663

Planned Parenthood

Business office: 713-522-6363

To be automatically connected to the nearest clinic, call 800-230-PLAN (7526)

Physical exams, information and birth control services, prenatal services, pregnancy testing, and counseling. STD screening and treatment, well woman and mammography. Tubal ligation, vasectomy, abortions. Sliding scale fee. Varied hours accommodate those who work. Call for appointment. Medicaid clients must bring a picture ID. Free mammogram for low-income women over 50 at Prevention Park Clinic. HIV counseling and testing. Women’s advance care (colposcopy). * Only teen clinic.

San Jose Clinic

For all appointments call: 713-228-9411

2615 Fannin,Houston77002

Medical care for the uninsured. Service areas are adult general medicine, pediatrics, and dental. Specialty services/treatments are available upon referral by Clinic’s Family Practice doctor.

To obtain services at our Downtown clinic, you must first obtain a clinic card. Eligibility on walk-in basis, M-F, 8am-3pm. At eligibility appointment, specific documentation needed: adult identification, proof of income or unemployment, dependent identification, and proof of address. Please contact the clinic for a list of documents that will be acceptable. Each family member that needs a card must provide this documentation at his or her eligibility interview. Fees for services are directly related to eligibility criteria based on a sliding scale and determined during the eligibility interview.

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Legal Aid

Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (AVDA)


1001 Texas Ave. Suite 600,Houston77002

Legal advocates advise victims of domestic violence on their legal rights and alternatives. Attorneys on staff. Assist with protective orders. 8-5pm Mon-Fri. Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is for men and women who are violent, abusive and/or controlling in their intimate relationships. 18-week group sessions.

Child Support Enforcement of Texas


Office of the Attorney General: HoustonRegional Office, 6161Savoy#320, 77036



Full child support services provided for TANF or Medicaid recipients and for other individuals upon application, at no cost. Services include: locating non-custodial parent; reviewing and adjusting support orders; establishing paternity–voluntary and by court order; establishing and enforcing support orders and/or medical support orders. Paternity testing at no cost if test is negative. Mon-Fri,8-5pm.

Harris County DA: Family Criminal Law Division


1201FranklinSuite 600, Houston 77002

Serves as a citizens’ intake unit for victims of domestic violence and other offenses such as bigamy, parental abduction, violation of protective orders, criminal non-support and harboring a runaway. Bilingual staff. Interviewing hours: 8am-3pm, M-F, on first come–first served basis. Only handles domestic violence cases where victim and defendant live together, are related by blood or marriage have a child together or previously dated.

Lone Star Legal Aid


1415 Fannin,Houston77002 (main office)

Legal services for low-income indigent clients. Civil cases only. Divorce cases only if there are children or a threat of violence. Landlord/tenant, saving homes from foreclosures, obtaining social security, unemployment comp, or food stamps are examples. “Circuit Riders” serve outlying areas. Children’s Rights Unit at Main Office, assists working young people to protect their rights, including those injured on the job, and receive the benefits to which they are entitled. For appointments at any of the offices call main office number.Houstonoffices serveFt.Bend, Harris & Montgomery counties.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers

712 Main,Houston77002



Free legal service for civil cases only for persons whose income is too high for Lone Star Legal Aid but too low for a private attorney. Funded by attorneys, law firms and a small grant. Phone line hours 8:30-5pm. Will handle divorce cases for low income,HarrisCountyresidents with minor children. Courthouse booth operates in the basement of theFamilyLawCenter, 1115 Congress from 8:30-12 and 1:30-3 on weekdays.

Innovative Alternatives Inc.


18333EgretBay#540Houston77058 29510Tomball Pkwy,Tomball77375

Mediation services include Victims/Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP), divorce/child custody mediation, peer mediation, multi-cultural mediation, family reconciliation mediation, and sexual abuse victim/offender surrogate mediation. Violence prevention program geared towards bullying in schools. Participation is by consent of all parties. Meetings are conducted by trained volunteers in neutral setting. Mediation and peer mediation training are also offered. Private, nonprofit agency. Provides counseling & therapy. Accepts insurance, sliding scale, self pay, and grants for victims.

University of Houston Immigration Clinic 713-743-713-743-2094

University of Houston LawCenter, 100 Law Center, Rm. 56 TUII,Houston77204

Immigration advice to victims of domestic violence, crime victims, trafficking victims, and special immigrant juveniles. Training for pro bono attorneys and outreach. Must meet income guidelines. Open only during fall and spring semesters.

Y International Services


6300 Westpark #600, Houston 77057

Immigration department offers assistance with residency, citizenship, family petitions, work & travel permits, K and Y visas, legal consultations, deportation matters, political asylum, violence against women act, victims of human trafficking, special services for immigrants who are victims of crime, legal referrals, translation services and youth services. Weds: walk-in consultations 9a – 3pm. Services provided in many languages. $40 fee.

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24 hr Hotline:800-550-4900

1200 Blalock #280,77055 713-465-4058

Monday-Thurs. 10-1, Fri & Sat. 10-1pm

2189 FM 1960 #214, 77090 281-440-4910 Call office for weekly hours of operation

1502 First St, #G, Humble 77338 281-540-1123 M & F 9:30-3, Tu. 9:30-1, W 9-1, Th. 9:30 -3:30

1300 Frazier, Ste214,Conroe77301 936-756-3220 Mon-Fri. 9:30-12:30 and 1-4pm.

Pro-Life group. Assists with application for Medicaid and obtaining other resources. Referrals to maternity or foster homes. Free pregnancy testing and layettes.

Alternatives in Motion (Adoption Agency)

24 hr. 800-776-6508

2509 FM 1960 East, Suite B, Houston77073 281-821-6508

Emergency, 24 hour, comprehensive child placing services with availability of transportation and housing for pregnant women or young parents unable to continue parenting. Respite housing, medical and dental care. Counseling 24 hours. No pressure to release. May meet adoptive parents and have them present at birth if so desired. Non-profit, non-sectarian Christian. Bilingual.

CareNet Pregnancy Center of Northwest Houston


14530 Wunderlich Dr.,Houston77069

Serves youth and adults inNorthwestHarrisCounty, including Spring, Klein, and Cy-Fair school districts.

Offers pregnancy testing, ultrasound imaging, adoption referrals, maternity closet, community referrals,

classes on pregnancy, baby care, and life skills. Can earn credits toward redemption for diapers, cribs, etc. Free of charge.

Homes of St. Mark


7880 San Felipe St., Ste. 111,Houston77063

Supervised foster care placement for pregnant girls. No fee to mother if child is released for adoption. Medical care and counseling provided. Open adoption. Counselor: 1-800-543-2229



PO Box 27127,Houston77227

Housing services for up to 6 pregnant teens, ages 12-24. Residents receive educational, spiritual, and emotional support. Counseling provided to young women and their families. Prenatal and birth medical services are coordinated through local hospitals. Classes include childbirth, parenting, budgeting, etc. All services are free of charge. LifeHouse Houston – 2002 S. Wayside, Suite 113, Houston 77023, phone 713-528-6044 – assists with baby formula.

DePelchin Children’s Center


4950 Memorial,Houston77007

Transitional living center for homeless, single mother’s age 18-23 in a 6 unit apartment complex on DePelchin campus. Linkage to educational and vocational training. Life skills and positive parenting techniques. GED/Diploma.

Catholic Charities


2900Louisiana, 77006

Individual, family and group counseling aimed at making a plan for the baby. Those electing parenthood or adoption receive prenatal care in on-site clinic and delivery atSt. Joseph’s. Post adoption counseling available. Birth history, medical information, updates, letters and pictures may be exchanged if child is placed for adoption. Birth parent support group. Postpartum services consist of life skills, health, and parenting classes. One year of aftercare. Mentor group for birth fathers. Bilingual

Bates Center (Investing in Life)


14432 Texas Parkway,Missouri City77489

Faith-based agency providing free pregnancy tests, counseling, recovery support, post-abortion support, mentoring, parenting classes, community referrals, life skills classes. Pregnancy tests are free. English only – by appointment only. Community service opportunity for teens.

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STD Clinics

Houston City Health Centers/Houston Department of Health and Human Services Appointments: 713-794-9999

Administration: 8000 N. Stadium, Houston77054


All appointments must be scheduled through appointment line. Preventive health care: child health, family planning, immunizations for adults and/or foreign travel, and maternity clinic. Services may vary by clinic.

La Nueva Casa de Amigos 1809 N. Main 77009 713-547-8000 Family planning, TB, Immunize &STD

*Lyons 5602 LyonsAve. 77020 713-671-3000 TB, STD only.

*Sunnyside 9314 Cullen, 77051 713-732-5000 Family planning, maternity, TB, Immunize & STD

Magnolia 7037 Capitol, 77011 713-928-9578 Dental services only.

Northside 8523 Arkansas, 77093 713-696-5900 Family planning, maternity, Well Child, TB, Immunize & STD. Entrance is actually 8504 Schuller Road, 77093.

Sharpstown 6201 Bonhomme, 77036 713-780-5600 HIV/STD, Dental and WIC only.

Please call the appointment line at 713-794-9999 to make an appt for family planning, maternity or Well Child. STD / Sexual Health appointments are all walk-in and clients are served on a first come, first served basis. *Teen Services – Health and sex education rap session – birth control, pregnancy test, etc. No fee. Ages 12-18 – parental permission not required. These events are scheduled by the health center, so please contact the individual health center for information.

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Employment Services

Career & Recovery Resources, Inc.


2525 San Jacinto,Houston77002

Career counseling and testing. Education on interviewing and resume writing. Must be 16+. Career Helpline-Job Bank. Homeless Program does outreach to shelters. Various locations. Offers computer and GED classes, has homeless veterans’ program

Goodwill Industries


10795 Hammerly,Houston77043

Accepts applicants 18 and over. Work adjustment program, personal and social adjustment training, skills programs, and vocational evaluation. Monthly fees for some programs

Job Corps

Information: 1-800-733-5627

Residential vocational training in over 100 trades & occupations for 16-24. Birth Certificate, social security card, picture ID, high school transcript, and shot record needed. Coed. Parents must be within low income level unless applicant lives independently. Students are given spending money and put on savings plan.

SER – Jobs for Progress


201 Broadway St, Houston77012

ResourceCenterfor individuals seeking employment. Job Bank. New “Green Training Project” in collaboration with HCC

Workforce Solutions

Houston-Galveston Area Council P.O. Box 22777 Houston, 77227

Office: 713-627-3200

Education, training and employment services. Leadership development training, adult mentoring.

Employer Services

3355 Alabama, Suite 360, Houston 77098 713-688-6890

Astrodome 9315 Stella Link 713-661-3220

Northline 4424 North Frwy, Suite A 713-692-7755

Baytown 6952 Garth 281-837-0079

North Shore 14355 E. Wallisville R 281-458-1155

CypressStation 70 FM 1960 W 281-891-2850

Pasadena 103 Pasadena Town Sq. 713-472-1608

Downtown 600 Jefferson#125 713-658-0966

Southwest 12710 Bissonnet 281-564-2660

East End 5104 Harrisburg 713-228-8848

Spring Branch 10405 Katy Fwy,#G 713-465-1677

Hobby 8231 Broadway 713-847-6118

Texas City 3549 Palmer Hwy409-949-9055

Humble 9668 FM 1960 W 281-446-4837

Westheimer 8373 Westheimer 713-953-9211

Willowbrook 17517 Hwy 249 281-807-9462

NE 4217 Tidwell, Suite A 713-694-5087

Katy 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Suite 659 281-644-1030

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Specialized Services- Child Protective Services

Department of Family and Protective Services


2525 Murworth, Houston 77054

24 hour hotline 1-800-252-5400

Receives reports of child abuse and neglect in Harris County

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Specialized Services- Foster Care Alumni

Houston Alumni & Youth (HAY) Center


1906 Cochran Street,Houston77009

Center for foster youth and alumni, ages 16-26. Assists with employment training, job placement,educational advice, GED/SAT preparation, and Preparation for Adult Living aftercare services. Some classes available on site. Supported by Texas Work Force funding. 9am-6pm, M-F, some Saturday services as needed.

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Specialized Services- LGBT



401 Branard Street, 2nd Floor,Houston77006

Nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth ages 13-20 to become positive contributors to society. Also offers continuing education and training for those working GLBT youth. Ask for Youth Services Specialist.

Association of Family and Community Integrity (AFCI)


401 Branard St., Suite #304

Houston,TX 77006

AFCI is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving homeless gay youth or those of at-risk of family separation due to rejection. AFCI seeks to find comprehensive solutions to the numerous problems they face and advocate within the greater Houston community on their behalf.

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Specialized Services- Juvenile Probation

Harris County Juvenile Probation Department


1200 Congress, Houston 77002

Works with youth ages 10–17, who are referred to the Department for Class B misdemeanor offenses or higher offenses. These youth may be adjudicated in the Juvenile District Court and receive supervision and guidance from an assigned juvenile probation officer. Juvenile Probation handles only youth who commit delinquent offenses. Services include rehabilitation, treatment, detention and placement. The District Attorney’s Office determines who will be referred.

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