Harris County Veterans Office

Harris County Veterans Office Harris County Veterans Services Office The Harris County Veterans Services Office provides free assistance to those who have served our country through military service.

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are entitled to certain benefits. Assistance is provided with the application process regarding compensation, pension, medical, education, insurance and death benefits. Assistance is also provided for dependents of veterans in obtaining important documentation needed to apply for benefits.

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On April 13, 2019 Harris County will officially launch the Harvey Project Recovery and we are asking for your support to help inform our community. If you or someone you know is a homeowner who lives inside Harris County but outside the Houston City limits, who suffered damage during Harvey, please go to www.harrisrecovery.org and fill out a pre-application for assistance.

For those living within incorporated Houston here is a direct link to the city’s program: https://recovery.houstontx.gov/.

Possible avenues for help include:
• Up to $80,000 for help repairing a damaged property.
• Up to $160,000 for reconstruction on your own property.
• Up to an additional $40,000 on homes qualifying for reconstruction that require elevation.
• Up to $50,000 for reimbursements on repairs already made.
• Opportunities for buy-outs and relocation for those who qualify.

In the meantime, we hope that you will share this information with your friends, neighbors, and anyone else who you know took damage to their property during Harvey. The County is working hard to make sure that we are reaching out to as many people in our community as possible to let them know about the program.

If you would like us to send additional information to your church, civic club, school, or volunteer organization, the most current downloadable flyers are available on our website www.harrisrecovery.org.

Harris County Project Recovery

Were you affected by Hurricane Harvey or the floods of 2015 and 2016? YES and I live in HOUSTON YES and I live in HARRIS COUNTY


Commissioner George P. Bush Announces Freeze on Veterans Land Board Loans for Federal Employees.

Due to the federal government shutdown, the Veterans Land Board (VLB) voted to freeze on loan payments for federal employees who are Veterans and hold a home or land loan with the VLB. To be eligible:

1. Applicants must be federal government employee furloughed without pay or working without pay.

2. Anyone seeking a forbearance must apply to the appropriate loan servicer for relief.

3. The applicant must provide income statements and other information establishing the need for a forbearance.

4. The agreement may be for no greater term than six months or 30 days from he date the federal government shutdown ends, whichever occurs first.

5. Only those loans which are currently held by the VLB will be eligible for consideration. Loans which have been sold to a third party are not subject to this authorization.

6. The loan term may be extended by the term of the forbearance, but in no event for an overall loan term of greater than forty years.

7. Interest, penalties etc. will not be forgiven.

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2019-2023 Consolidated Plan General Public Survey

To all Non-Profits, Governmental Bodies and the Public in Harris County:

Harris County Community Services Department (HCCSD) is developing the 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan, which will outline the community development and housing needs of Harris County for the next five years.

As part of the public participation and planning process, we are soliciting input from individuals and service providers though a General Public Survey over the next few weeks. The input you provide is essential in helping shape the goals and objectives of the Consolidated Plan and helps us determine the activities that will be funded in the areas of Housing, Infrastructure, Neighborhood Services and Facilities, and Community and Homeless Services. We are relying on your personal and professional insight to identify funding gaps and develop methods to address those gaps.

Any help and information you provide is greatly appreciated and will contribute towards developing the five-year goals and strategies and objectives of the Consolidated Plan for Harris County.

Please complete the survey and feel free to pass it on to other employees, partner organizations and individuals you serve.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing back from you. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

The English survey can be accessed through the following link: http://www.surveyshare.com/s/AYAMY9B

The Spanish survey can be accessed through the following link: http://www.surveyshare.com/s/AYAMIGD

Thank you.

SurveyShare will not use your e-mail addresses, other than in the administration of this survey. Your e-mail address will not be shared or sold to others. It will not be used for any marketing purposes, and you will not receive any e-mail from SurveyShare.

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Join Us in Reintroducing Bus Service in Pasadena, Texas

Harris County Transit, a service of Harris County Community Services Department in partnership with the City of Pasadena, Texas will reestablish public bus service in Pasadena, TX. The proposed transit routes and bus stops will be available for review and comment during the public outreach meeting at Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center, 720 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504 on September 5, 2017 at 8:30 am and September 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm. To see the proposed routes, visit: http://www.harriscountytransit.com/news.html

In addition to the public meetings, Harris County Transit will take email questions and comments regarding the proposed routes. You can send an email to [email protected] or call 713.578.2216

Harris County Transit is a service of the Harris County Community and Economic Development Department. The section was develop to provide transportation alternatives for residents of Harris County who do not have any transit service.


Need help applying for Section 8 housing? Must apply by 5:00 pm today to be placed on the Harris County Housing Authority waitlist. Call a Resource Navigator at 713-578-2055 for assistance. HURRY, HURRY, HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't miss out!!!



The Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is still open, but will close at 5:00PM today. Urge all interested persons to get their names on the list. It was last open in 2008.


The Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is opening soon, from October 31, 2016 at 9:00 am, until November 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm CT. It was last open in 2008.

Please note:

• This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
• Applicants will be placed on this waiting list by random lottery, meaning the time you submit this application has no effect on your position on the waiting list. There are cases of applicants flooding the website as soon as a scheduled online waiting list opens, causing the website to crash for a period of time. If the website is down, it will eventually be back up to accept applications.
To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the HCHA website. Computers and mobile devices may be used to access the application.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application may call (713) 669-4566.

The following documentation is required: Name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and income for all household members.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, work or have been hired to work in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, TX.

5,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. The HCHA anticipates applicants may check their status online by November 14, 2016.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, read the HCHA public notice, visit the HCHA website, or call the office at (713) 578-2100.

Affordable Housing and Section 8 Waiting Lists Nationwide

Section 8 Waitlist is open for Houston. For those persons interested in applying for the Houston Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8), please find the web address for the online portal listed below where they will have their names added to the wait list. The portal is now live from 8:00 am this morning until 11:59 pm on 9/25/2016. Any questions your clients may have regarding the program or the process can be addressed once they access the portal.


(1 )Once they arrive, they will click on the green Section 8 tab at the top of the page.
(2) Scroll down to find “waiting list open now”
(3) Find Houston Housing Authority on the list and click on it ( it is a live hyperlink).

Affordable Housing and Section 8 Waiting Lists Nationwide


For those veterans and their families who sustained damage to their homes during the April floods:

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Harris County
(Harris County, Texas) – Disaster Recovery Centers are opening at noon on Monday, May 2, 2016 in Harris County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the April severe storms and flooding.
“One of the most important things we can do in disaster response is to speed up the recovery process to get help to those who need it,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “We are currently working closely with state and federal partners to move forward with the recovery process.”
Representatives from Harris County, City of Houston, State of Texas, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. Those visiting the centers can also talk to experts on ways to prevent future disaster damage.

The centers are located:
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77074
Greenspoint Office Building
16800 Imperial Valley, Houston, TX 77060
Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center
6823 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379
Lone Star College Cy-Fair Library
9191 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
Hours at the centers are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays until further notice.

Survivors can register for FEMA assistance by phone or online before visiting a center. Going to a DRC is not a requirement of registration, but specialists there can provide guidance regarding disaster recovery and rental resources, explain written correspondence received from FEMA, inform survivors of the status of their application, make referrals to other organizations and answer questions.
Survivors can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Applicants will be asked to provide:
Social Security number
Address of the damaged primary residence
Description of the damage
Information about insurance coverage
A current contact telephone number
An address where they can receive mail
Bank account and routing numbers for those preferring direct deposit of funds
Eligible survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.


Harris County’s Veterans Service Office has received a $300,000 grant from the Texas
Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. This means emergency financial assistance
will be available to low-income, honorably discharged veterans, surviving spouses, and
dependents who have experienced a financial crisis within the past 90 days.
Veteran households may receive both rental or utility assistance, or only one form of assistance
if needed. Services will be provided through the County’s Veterans Services Office. Veterans
who wish to find out if they qualify for this type of program should call 281-876-6600.


All homeless Veterans regardless of discharge status will be served at Houston Stand Down Oct 3-4. See #HoustonStandDown or Houston Stand Down page for more information.


PTSD- Local contact is:
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030-4298
Phone: 713-791-1414 Or 713-791-1414
PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) Outpatient
Charles Wilson (713) 791-1414 X 8169


9418 Jensen Dr
Houston, TX

General information

The Harris County Veterans Services Office informs veterans, dependents, and survivors of their eligibility for benefits payable through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration or other government agencies. An appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, please call 281-876-6600.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm


(281) 876-6600


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