Community Resources and Ways to Help
COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND WAYS TO HELP
Comprehensive Listing of Resources for Fort Bend County
In addition to those listed on this page, please check out the following list of comprehensive resources and ways to get help:
COVID 19-Gallery Furniture Resource Center
Established in partnership with Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale and Fort Bend County, will provide three important resources:
- Food Distribution Events – in partnership with Houston Food Bank
- Mental Health and Wellness Resources
- Job Resources and Job Center
Additional information at https://bit.ly/3gAELl2
Fort Bend Social Services (FBSS)
FBSS continues to provide the following services: rental, utility, medication, food voucher, emergency shelter, transitional supportive housing, and unmet needs. Veteran specific services are also available in the form of rent, utilities, day care and gas assistance. Social Services has implemented a modified service delivery plan.
- Clients can call call 281 238-3502 or 281-403-8050.
- Clients will be scheduled an appointment and will be assessed by phone.
- Services can also be requested online at https://www.fbchhs.org/social-services/request-services
Fort Bend County Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Phase 2 enrollment of the rent/utility assistance program will start again July 20.
Visit Fort Bend’s Rent / Mortgage Assistance website for more information
Anyone with an evictions notice before July 20, can call Fort Bend County Social Services at 281 238-3502 or 281 403-8050.
Additional area organizations assisting with rental/mortgage and utility bills:
Catholic Charities Mamie
Rental & Utility Assistance may potentially be provided to those who qualify. Simply call the phone number to learn more.
George Community Center
1111 Collins Road, Richmond TX 77469
Katy Christian Ministries
Social Services offers limited rental assistance to those that qualify when funds are available. Those who wish to apply must call to schedule an appointment with a case manager.
5504 First Street Katy, TX - 77493
They are providing financial assistance (i.e. utilities and rent) through appointment only at this time. Funds are limited so applicants will be screened during interview to determine eligibility. To apply or for more information, please call.
902 Collins Road, Richmond TX 77469
Family Hope provides assistance with rent, utilities, medical. Parenting classes and Finance classes are taught as well.
5757 Flewellen Oaks Ln #303 Fulshear, TX 77441
St. Laurence Catholic Church
Rental & bill assistance may potentially be provided to those who qualify. Simply call the phone number and ask for Social Concerns to apply and learn more.
3100 Sweetwater Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479
For assistance with electric bills:
If you need help paying bills, the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program can help. This program is designed to help those who can’t pay bills due to unemployment or economic hardship caused by COVID-19.
Apply for Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program by calling (866) 454-8387 or apply online
Did you Know?
Fort Bend Transit - Project B.U.S. (Bridging Us to Services)
Through Project B.U.S. all fares for Fort Bend Transit have been waived. The number to reserve a trip is 281-633-7433 and a client must call at least 24 hours in advance. Calls will be taken until 5 pm.
- More information at Fort Bend County’s Public Transportation website
How it works
While the bus cannot wait for the client to do their shopping, the client can allocate a length of time for the shopping trip and then return to pick them up and take them back home/hotel. For example, Fort Bend Transit can allocate 45 minutes for the grocery shopping trip and then have a bus return to pick up the client and take them back home/hotel. Grocery shopping, Pharmacy, Medical trips, etc. are routine trips for our Demand Response services so we can work with the client to ensure we provide the most efficient trip possible.
211 Texas/United Way Helpline
Texas/United Way HELPLINE is available 24/7 to connect individuals with local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance, and senior services.
Texans can dial 211 or (877) 541-7905 and select option 6 to get information and referrals to COVID-19 social services, including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more.
Families can call 211 HELPLINE for an up-to-date listing or visit the website at www.211texas.org
Additional information can also be found at www.211texas.org
Enable Fort Bend – Disaster Emergency Assistance Registry
A service by Fort Bend County Health & Human Services that aims to identify people with functional and medical needs that may require assistance during an emergency. Register if you:
- Have a physical or mental disability
- Need assistance with daily medical care
- Need electricity for your medical care or equipment
- Use medical equipment at home
- Are elderly and need extra assistance
- Have any other condition that you feel may need extra help in an emergency
More information and registration: www.enablefortbend.com
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Impact Survey
For Greater Houston, Galveston, and surrounding counties. Help non-profit, philanthropic, and educational organizations better understand the economic and social impacts of the virus in our community.
Mental Health Resources
- Social Emotional Support - Resources for Students and Parents (Fort Bend ISD)
- Support Line and Resources - The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
- Manage Anxiety & Stress (CDC)
- Daily Life and Coping (CDC)
- Helping Children Cope (CDC)
- Fort Bend County's Mental Resource Phone line: 832-363-7094
- CDC Helpline - Get Support 24/7. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text - TalkWithUs - to 66746
- Students We Care - empowering teens and students to overcome stress and anxiety by pursuing their passions. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Online Worship Services (Sugar Land Churches)
Ways to Help our Community
Help your neighbors in hard times find relief and take steps forward in their lives. What you give stays local in and around the Fort Bend County area. Second Mile provides food, health care, financial education and HOPE to people in need of all ages.
- Canned veggies
- Second Mile Donation Page
Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels
Fort Bend County has a large and growing population of citizens aged 60 years and above. Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels (FBS) provided services to 2,248 seniors and served 374,830 meals in 2019. As FBS continues to grow and serve more and more seniors in Fort Bend County, community support and funding is critical.
- Adult diapers (any size)
- Dry pet food (small bags)
- Please visit FBS online and learn how you can make a contribution to Fort Bend Seniors today.
Support Local Businesses - Carryout and Delivery Options in Sugar Land
Help support our local businesses during these challenging times by placing your delivery to takeout orders. You may also purchase gift cards to support these businesses which can be used at a later time.
See local/virtual volunteer opportunities through Volunteer Match
A virtual and on-site listing of volunteer opportunities to aid communities impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- Visit www.volunteermatch.org
Shopping Angels - Helping Elderly and Other At-Risk Populations
Aa program that assists with the delivery of groceries and supplies to the elderly and other at-risk populations, free of charge.
Have you fully recovered from COVID-19?
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease.
Support Local Business
Sweet Cash Program
By purchasing a gift card, you will be able to enjoy delicious food and a handful of retail options from Sugar Land businesses, and you’ll also support hardworking local front-line workers!
The Sugar Land Sweet Cash program was started by the City of Sugar Land Office of Economic Development as a creative way to support small businesses that have endured economic uncertainty due to the pandemic.
Back to Business Care Packages
Donations of protective supplies are needed for locally-owned businesses (no franchises or chains) to assist them in opening for business.
If you are able to donate any of the items below, please contact Carrie Paxton-Lamke, Community Engagement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping the City of Sugar Land
Sugar Land employees remain at work to ensure our community remains safe. There’s been a tremendous amount of effort since the beginning of February. Teams have been working non-stop to put together contingency plans and prepare for possible outcomes. Our top priority is the safety of our community and the continued delivery of essential city services. The safety of our employees is also among our top priorities. We are doing everything possible to keep them safe to minimize any disruptions to city services to the extent possible. While we do have a number of employees working from home, much of our essential work cannot be done by teleworking. Our first responders remain on the job, and like other cities across the country, we have faced challenges acquiring N95 masks. But we also have a number of other front-line employees who are in constant contact with the public, and in many cases, this contact cannot be limited.
The CDC is recommending that not only first responders wear masks but now everyone should wear a mask. Therefore … we are asking those in our community with sewing abilities to donate cloth masks that are crafted following the CDC’s guidelines. These will be used by our essential staff who are continuing to serve our residents.
More information on donating to the city is available at: www.sugarlandtx.gov/DonateToSL
How to make your own face covering
Sugar Land Legacy Foundation’s Safe & Well Campaign
Sugar Land employees continue working around the clock to ensure the community remains safe during this unprecedented public health disaster. Like other cities across the country, Sugar Land is experiencing difficulty acquiring important personal protection equipment such as masks that protect employees who remain at work. Sugar Land’s first responders and front-line employees are in constant contact with the public, and in many cases, this contact cannot be limited.
The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation created the Safe and Well campaign to support our great city with the intention of providing personal protection equipment and other emergency supplies to those who keep us safe and well.