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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides financial help for children and their parents or relatives who are living with them. Monthly cash payments help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment, medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid and other basic needs. The amount of the TANF payment depends on family size and income.

Medicaid - Healthcare for Low-Income Families

Health Care Coverage: Low-income Families

A family with a parent or relative caring for a child under age 19 may receive health care coverage through Medicaid if certain income and resource requirements are met. HHSC looks at a family’s income and compares it with the amount the family pays for basic needs such as rent, utilities, child care and work-related expenses. Resources such as cash on hand, money in the bank and value of vehicles are also considered.

Benefits & Subsidies

There are many public benefits and subsidies available locally that you may be eligible to receive, many of which can be accessed in the links of this site.  

Additionally, many benefits services and resources can be accessed through the Benefits Site of State of Texas at, which is the official eGovernment web site for the State of Texas serving as the primary resource for Texas web-based services. 

Utilities, mobile devices, technology


The LITE-UP TEXAS program is designed to help qualified low-income individuals reduce the monthly cost of electric service. To qualify for discounts, the customer must either be currently receiving Medicaid or food stamps, and/or have a household income at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  They are providing help for the May, June, July, August and September 2012 bills.   


Many local churches and charities make themselves available in limited capacities to provide clothing assistance to individuals and families.  They are usually based on priority (cold weather clothing, basics like undergarments, children's clothing, job interview attire, etc.), as well as, verifiable need which includes income, family size and/or possible help from family or other local resources.

Also access the resource database for possible clothing assistance organizations in your area.

Client Employment

We believe gainful employment is an important part of your supervision success.  Not only is it required by the Court, it will also it help you to achieve your goals, and help you support your family and avoid situations that might lead to new criminal activities.  To that end, the Probation Office will make every effort to assist you in finding and keeping meaningful employment by way of direct services, referral to community programs, and in some cases, direct job leads.  Our focus is to help you employment that fits your interest and skills, provides a liveable wage for


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