Do you need help this holiday season?

We understand the financial stress the holidays can cause, and want all of our neighbors to enjoy a festive, warm holiday season.

There are several resources in the East End to help families with emergency food, bills/utilities, and housing assistance. We’ve compiled a few of them below for those who might need them, from various sources. If you have any additional information to add, please contact us and we will be happy to include it in the list below.

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El Centro de Corazon’s 2018 East End Holiday Event (English/Espanol) | Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. @ Magnolia Multi Service Center, 7037 Capitol Street

3 Amigos FREE Christmas Tree Giveaway | Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. @ East End Athletic Club, 3915 McKinney Street

Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance 2018 Posada | Saturday, December 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m. @ Magnolia Multi Service Center, 7037 Capitol Street

Alianza Against Crime 2018 | Saturday, December 15, 12-2 p.m. @ Mason Park, 514 S. 75th Street


Guia de Recursos de El Centro de Corazon | Incluye información sobre asistencia nutricional; comidas para niños; y despensas locales de comida.

El Centro de Corazon’s Resource Guide | Includes info on nutrition assistance; meals for kids; and local food pantries.

United Way 211 Helpline | Whether you need help finding child care, food stamps, care for an aging parent or a haven from domestic violence, 2-1-1 is the number to call when you don't know who to call. Trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services.

Low Cost Healthcare Options

Many of these clinics require determination of eligibility prior to figuring your cost; always check with the clinic website or call for details before making an appointment. Compiled by Dr. C.M. Gilligan.

Bee Busy Wellness | Located in SW Houston on West Bellfort and on Bissonnet, Bee Busy Wellness offers primary care, pediatric care, OBGYN services, dental care, pharmacy services, mental health care, STI screening and treatment, and ultrasound and x-ray diagnostics. School and sports check-ups, immunizations and flu shots are available. Busy Bee mobile health provides educators to your school or business, will hold wellness seminars and sexual health education seminars, and distribute free condom "goodie bags"/STI testing. Contact them at 713.774.8800 or 713.771.2292 for more information.

Casa El Buen Samaritano Clinic | Casa Clinic focuses its efforts on five clinical impact areas - Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Preventive Medicine, and Women's Health. Clinic hours are from 5pm to 9pm, Tuesday evenings and three Thursday evenings each month. To be a patient at Casa El Buen Samaritano, patients must have no form of health insurance and be below 150% of the Federal Poverty Line. There are no fees. Patients should call for an appointment prior to their visit. To make an appointment, please call 713.721.4101.

Central Care Community Health Centers | Houston’s oldest health centers offering residents medical care, dental and behavioral health services. Focusing on primary care, they offer men's, women's and pediatric care, in addition to immunizations, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute illnesses, HIV and STD testing, TB screening for pre-employment, mammograms, and family planning counseling. Dental care includes ongoing dentistry for adults, urgent care, simple oral surgery including wisdom tooth removal, and pediatric dentistry. No one is turned away. Mental Health services include individual, group and family therapy. There are four main clinics, in Sunnyside, the Third Ward, MLK, and Hillcroft areas. Contact them at 713.734.0199 for more information and a list of what to bring to your appointment.

Christ Clinic | Serves patients in the Greater Katy and West Houston but is not restricted to any geographical boundaries. You must be between the ages of 18 and older, Have no regular doctor, have no private insurance, Medicare or Veteran's medical benefits and be low income (Our definition of low income is that a person can have wages/salary to 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) or under) or individuals who do not qualify for Medicare/Medicaid or ACA, individuals recently laid off, and individuals experiencing financial hardship. Google their website for a list of documents needed for treatment there. Call them at 281-391-0190.

Christus Clinics | Christus Clinics operate under the teachings of Catholicism but offer primary care services to individuals of all faiths. No insurance is accepted, and there are no eligibility requirements. Christus clinics provide family medicine, low cost and free immunizations, assistance through their prescription drug plan, and pediatric care for children age two and older. They offer two clinics, one in Houston’s East End, the other in Dickinson. The Christus Mobile Health van offers clinics and flu shots around the city - check here for their daily calendar. For information regarding the East End, St. Mary’ s clinic contact 713.803.1840. For information related to the Dickinson, Point of Light clinic contact 713.803.1830.

El Centro de Corazon | With 3 clinics located in Houston’s East End, El Centro de Corazon offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, a children's wellness program, children's behavioral health, and diabetes care/management programs. They offer family medicine visits, vision and hearing screenings, some cancer screening, immunizations, and school/sports physicals. Mental health options include individual, couples and family therapy, art therapy, testing, assessment and medication management. Dental options include basic dental care, fillings, extractions and root canals. All services are available in Spanish. Contact them at 713.660.1880 to learn more.

Hope Clinics | Offers primary care, well women’s exams, immunizations, pediatric, eye exams and many more services. HOPE Provides health care services to all regardless of the patient’ ability to pay. HOPE Clinic serves the uninsured, underinsured, those with limited English proficiency, and the low-income, but also takes regular insurance. Those without insurance must bring qualifying documents, see their website. A unique characteristic of HOPE Clinic is its capacity to provide services in 14 different languages, including: Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Burmese, Arabic, and Spanish. Three HOPE clinics are in the Houston area, on Bellaire Blvd. in Alief, on Corporate Drive in Chinatown, and on Westheimer Rd near Kirkwood Dr. For more information contact them at 713.773.0803.

IBN SINA Foundation Clinics | They have 5 locations in the Houston area. Services include primary care, pediatrics, immunizations, well woman/well man physicals, gynecology, dermatology, behavioral health, podiatry, opthalmology, and orthopedics on a sliding fee scale. They also provide full dental care including dentures, bridges and crowns. 281.848.7979 for information on fees and their health care discount program.

Legacy Community Health | Cffers primary care, dental, vision, behavioral health, pediatrics, HIV services and well women’s services. If you are a new patient, you must fill out these forms prior to being seen. They have several locations in the Houston area, including the Montrose Center, the Montrose Clinic, Mapleridge near Chimney Rock and Bissonnet, Alief, Lyons Clinic, Northline, The Baker Ripley/Rookin Clinics in Sharpstown, Santa Clara Clinic on Lawndale, and the Gulfton area on SW Frwy. Contact them at 832.548.5000 for more information, or check this list for a list of clinics and services at each clinic.

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) Pediatric Health Care Clinic | provides health care, $10 immunizations, and education for children of all ages. The center provides a full range of services, from preventative to acute care, chronic illness management, nutrition counseling and more. Call 281.583.5600 for info.

Pasadena Community Health Center | offers family practice, internal medicine, pediatric care, women's health, dental and counseling services to the Pasadena area. For information on eligibility/sliding fee scales, please review the documents needed for assistance. For appointments or more information call them today at 713.766-0474.

San Jose Clinic | Located at 2614 Fannin, provides services exclusively to the uninsured is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and a United Way agency. They provide a wide variety of services to those who do not qualify for any other programs, including primary care, pediatrics, women's health, behavioral care, opthalmology and optometry, diagnostics like X-rays, ultrasound and lab testing, dental care, and pharmacy services. Unlike most agencies, San Jose provides medical care for specialties like cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, and podiatry. Mammograms and cervical cancer screenings are available. Patients must complete an eligibility interview prior to appointments to determine eligibility, and provide ID and some other documents listed here. Call 713.490.2610 for information.

Spring Branch Community Health Centers | Operates 6 community health centers in the Spring Branch, West Houston, Katy, and Cy-Fair area, and offer services that range from family medicine, women’s healthcare, pediatrics, dental care, back-to-school vaccinations, flu shots, behavioral health, well women’s services and prenatal care. Fees are on a sliding fee scale, and they accept Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, and all private insurance as well. For more information contact them at 713.462.6565.

V-Care Clinics | Located in Pasadena and the Hobby Airport Area, offer a $35 doctor's office visit (and coupons on the website), medical and dental services, drug and alcohol detox, mammograms, family planning services, free breast cancer, colon and skin cancer screenings, routine vaccinations, and much more. Mental health care services are available through referrals to other clinics. Contact them at 281-962-3222.

Vecino Health Centers | Located in the Denver Harbor area, (also operate a children's facility on Airline), offers primary care, pediatric, dental and behavioral health services. Fill out forms online to learn about fees and what financial assistance to expect. Doctors are from the Houston Methodist Family Medicine program. To learn more about these services or schedule an appointment call them at 713.674.3326. To learn more about these, call or Google the clinics. These are in addition to the Harris County Health Care system, which requires enrollment and has strict guidelines for eligibility.

Low Cost Mental Health Care in houston

If you are currently in crisis, Call 911, or Call the Harris Center 24-hr Hotline: (713) 970-7000 for instructions

Depending on your needs, you might want to see a therapist, a therapy group, a psychologist or a psychiatrist. You may want to work with both a therapist (for talk therapy) or a psychiatrist (who can provide medications), or both. Some private practitioners offer sliding fee scales, always ask when making an appointment. Compiled by Dr. C.M. Gilligan.

Avenue 360 | operates four behavioral health clinics that provide substance abuse treatment and therapy for adults and adolescents. They treat four main areas: psychiatry, mental health, substance abuse treatment and medical case management, on a sliding fee scale. The treatment process includes screening a patient, forming an assessment, treatment planning, following through and discharge. Locations in Humble, the West 18th St. Main campus, South Central Griggs Rd. campus, and the Spring Cypress campus provide treatment. Call 713.426.0027 and check here prior to making an appointment.

Baylor Psychiatry Clinic | Located at 1977 Butler Blvd. 4th Floor, in Houston, TX offers services for mood and anxiety disorders, psychological evaluation, sexual abuse issues, eating disorders, depression, grief and loss, work related problems and more. Other services include medication management, individual, marital, group and family therapy. Clinical trials are available in the areas of Autism, Mood Disorders and Depression, Psychiatry and Behavior, and Substance Abuse. Both insured and uninsured clients are welcome at BCM. Ask about sliding scale fees. Those paying cash should ask about the cost up front for possible discounts. Co-pays and fees are required at the time of your appointment. To make an appointment and other information, call (713) 798-4857.

Bee Busy Wellness | located in SW Houston on West Bellfort and on Bissonnet, provides assistance in the areas of stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues, as well as help with lifestyle changes and management of chronic illnesses. Will provide referrals to outside agencies, call 713.774.8800 for info.

Catholic Charities | Has 6 Houston area clinics (in Tomball, Central Houston, West Houston, Fort Bend, and 2 in Spring) that offer services in individual and couples counseling, trauma, anxiety and depression, parenting, family issues, anger management, divorce and separation, and coping for caregivers. Services are provided by licensed clinicians including marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and counselors. Spanish language counseling is available. Sliding scale fees are assessed when making an appointment. Some insurance plans are accepted. To schedule an appointment or learn more, contact their intake line at 713.874.6590.

Center for Creative Resources | Located in the Montrose area, at 816 Hawthorne Street Houston, TX, offers a wide variety of counseling and talk therapy services on a sliding fee scale. They address life and personal growth issues, LGBTQ matters, stress management, anger management, intimacy and relationship conflicts, addictions, aging, trauma issues, and many others. Contact the Center at 713.461.7599 to discuss fees and payment when making your appointment.

Christ Clinic | Serves patients in the Greater Katy/Houston areas. Piloting a Behavioral Health and Psychiatric Consultant Model for integrated primary care and mental health services, the project serves low income (below 200% of the poverty line) uninsured individuals of all ages with a mental health diagnosis. Phone 281.391.0190 for info.

El Centro de Corazon | With 3 clinics located in Houston’s East End, offers therapy, psychiatric evaluation, testing and assessment, and medical case management. Services are provided to all regardless of income or health insurance coverage. El Centro bills based on sliding scale fees. Phone 713.660.1880 for info.

Family Houston | Provides professional, confidential counseling for children and adults, individuals and families. They accept all major insurance plans and offer a sliding-fee scale. Treating depression and anxiety, family conflicts, couples therapy and divorce issues, and substance abuse, they also provide classes in financial mgmt., parenting and veterans issues. Contact them at 713.861.4849, there are 5 clinics in the area: Washington Ave., Bay Area, Baytown, Fort Bend, and The Woodlands.

Fuller Life Family Therapy | Clinics located in the Bellaire area and on Harwin Drive, offers a wide variety of therapy, including individual, couples, marriage and family counseling. They address most mental health issues including depression, anxiety, sex and intimacy issues, eating disorders, post-partum depression, grief, social skills issues, and many more. Hours are flexible and fees for resident therapists are set on a sliding scale based on income - fees start as low as $20, although no one is turned away. Call for more information at 855.245.5433.

The Harris Center | Provides a wide variety of mental health options to area residents at 4 locations in the Houston area. From outpatient mental health counseling and services, a comprehensive psychiatric emergency program, treatment for those in area jails, and a jail diversion program for those on the street, the center serves adult residents of Harris County ONLY. For a list of locations go here or call 713.970.7000, option 2.

The Houston/Galveston Institute | Provides low cost counseling to clients of all ages, on a wide variety of topics. Costs are based on a sliding fee basis based on income. Tele-Therapy and E-counseling is available, also on a sliding scale. Call 713.526.8390 or email for a appointment or info.

Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers | Offers therapy, psychiatric services and counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups. If you do not have insurance, and your household income still falls below 400% of the federal poverty level you may still be seen. Clinics are in the Galleria area, Spring/Cypress, and Katy. Call 713-626-7990 for info.

Legacy Community Health | Clinics offer assessment, medication management, therapy, and psychological testing for all patients. Their diverse team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists treat a broad range of conditions, including but not limited to: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADD, autism disorders, developmental delays, and more. Services are offered at most Legacy locations, contact them at 832.548.5000 for more information, or check this list for a list of clinics and services at each clinic.

The Montrose Center | At 401 Branard, in the Montrose neighborhood, has one of the most comprehensive array of counseling services among LGBTQ centers in the nation. Many of the counseling services offered are geared toward the LGBT community and individuals who are HIV+. Despite this, heterosexual clients are always welcome to services at Montrose Counseling Center, as are all ages. The Center accepts all insurance, including Medicare/Medicaid. Discounted fees are offered if you have no insurance and/or limited means. You may also qualify for grant subsidies to cover all or a portion of fees and co-payments based on your income. Cost does not have to be a barrier to getting the care you need. For services, and programs, go here or call 713.529.0037.

Re:MIND Support | Provides free and confidential support groups for individuals living with, or family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders. Phone: (713) 600-1131 for more information.

Vecino Health Center's Denver Harbor Clinic  | 424 Hahlo Street, Houston, TX, 713.674.3326, provides counseling for depression, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, grief and trauma, and more. Treatment options include individual, group, family and couples’ therapy. Fill out forms online to learn about fees and what financial assistance to expect. To learn more about these services or schedule an appointment call them at 713.674.3326.

Low Cost/Sliding Fee Scale Dental Health Options for Houston

This list is primarily for adults (there are other options for children under 18) and does NOT include the Harris County Health System options or the City of Houston Dental Care system. They have separate eligibility requirements. For complete information in any of these programs, always call for information first.

Most of these options work on a sliding fee scale - there are no free options, although most shelters have programs for the homeless. Most clinics have some sort of eligibility requirements. Once you have filled out forms with income, etc., your fee will be determined, and MAY be as low as $0. This list does NOT include the Ben Taub/Harris Health clinics, which require you apply for a Gold Card, or the City of Houston's program for children and pregnant women. Those are separate programs. Compiled by Dr. C.M. Gilligan.

Busy Bee Wellness | Services include a full range of general dental care for children and adults including preventive routine exams, restorative work, cleanings, simple oral surgery, crowns and bridges, and care for periodontal disease (gum disease). Dentists provide oral surgery services including extractions and removal of wisdom teeth as well as endontic services such as root canals. Dental care services are available to patients of all ages with insurance or on a sliding fee scale. We offer a reduced payment program for self-pay patients based on household income. Located in SW Houston on West Bellfort and on Bissonnet, call 713.774.8800 or 713.771.2292 for more information.

Central Care Community Health Centers | Provides a variety of services including general dentistry, Crowns, bridges, dental crowns, tooth implants, impacted wisdom teeth removal, dentures, and do minor oral surgery. They also see urgent cases. No one is turned away, but fees are on a sliding scale. There are four main clinics, in Sunnyside, the Third Ward, MLK, and Hillcroft areas. Contact them at 713.734.0199 for more information and a list of what to bring to your appointment.

El Centro de Corazon | Provides dental services like fillings, extractions, and root canals, as well as general exams and cleanings. The clinic has 2 low cost dental clinics in SE Houston.

  • Eastwood Health Center at 412 Telephone Rd Houston, TX 77023. Contact them at 713.660.1880.

  • John S. Dunn Health Center at 7635 Canal Street Houston, TX 77012. Contact them at 713.660.1880.

The Greater Houston Dental Society offers reduced fee referrals to are 65 and older. Contact their offices in Greenway Plaza at 713.961.4337.

The Houston Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic | Located at 1900 Pressler St, Houston, TX 77030 provides all the following services for a single cost of $20 for adults: exams, x-rays, cleaning, polishing, fluoride treatments and sealants ONLY. No insurance is needed and there are no income requirements to receive dental services.Credit and debit cards are the ONLY forms of payment accepted. They do not accept cash or checks. To schedule an appointment, ask about parking or any other questions dial HCC Dental Clinic at 713.718.7292.

IBN Sina Clinics | Provides a wide variety of dental care services in 3 area clinics. Dental services begin at $40. For more information call 888.312.3600:

  • Wilcrest Community Dental Center at 11226 S. Wilcrest Dr. Houston, TX 77099. Contact them at 281.977.7462.

  • Clear Lake Community Dental Center at 15132 Old Galveston Rd (Hwy 3) Houston, TX 77598. Contact them at 281.990.7462.

  • South Post Oak Community Dental Center at 16345 S. Post Oak Rd Houston, TX 77053. Contact them at 281.438.7462.

Legacy Community Health Services | Provides dental services, including exams, cleanings, fillings and repairs, and urgent care treatment. Health insurance and income is not necessary to seen, but eligibility for services and sliding fee scale payments will be determined. Services are provided at 4 Houston area clinics from Bellaire to Baytown.

  • Montrose Clinic at 1415 California Houston, TX, call 832.548.5000.

  • Baker Ripley Clinic at 6500 Rookin Houston, TX, call 832.548.5000.

  • Lyons Clinic at 3811 Lyons Ave Houston, TX, Call 832.548.5400.

  • San Jacinto Clinic at 4301 Garth Rd, Baytown, TX, call 281.420.8400.

The San Jose Dental Clinic | Located at 2615 Fannin Street Houston, TX, call 713.228.9411. No insurance is needed because services are provided via sliding scale fees. For dental services you must complete an Eligibility Application. SJC accepts walk-ins for Eligibility interviews from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. You are advised to arrive as early as possible. San Jose provides a wide variety of services, including fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, and even dentures.

Spring Branch Community Health Center's Pitner Dental Clinic | Located at 8575 Pitner Rd Houston, TX, call 713.462.6545. All patients must complete an eligibility form prior to arrival and treatment. Fees are on a sliding scale. Services include a wide variety of dental services including extractions, crown and bridge preparations, partial dentures and more.

UT School of Dentistry Houston | Offers services to children and adults. Services are provided by students in the UT dental programs. Students are however supervised by faculty and dentists. Treatment is provided in three separate areas of care:

  • Dental Hygiene Care – Students provide basic dental services and also offer education to clients. A screening appointment is necessary for Dental Hygiene Care. This screening can be coordinated by calling 713.486.4000.

  • Comprehensive Care – An initial assessment must be completed to learn more about dental needs. The assessment is free although if further testing (X-Rays) is needed fees range between $40-$90.

  • Urgent Care – The schedule for Urgent Care varies therefore it is suggested that you call 713.486.4000 Option 1 prior to visiting the clinic. No appointment is required for Urgent Care because services are rendered on a first come first serve basis. The doors open at 7:30AM Monday through Friday and you are highly encouraged to arrive as soon as possible. The initial exam fee is $25. After diagnosis if a patient requires urgent care fees can be as much as $200 or more.

UT School of Dentistry does not discount fees, their fees are normally at a discounted rate. Prior to performing any dental work UT will inform you of your diagnosis/cost of treatment. Contact the dental school at 713.486.4000.

V-Care Clinics | Located in the Pasadena and Hobby airport areas, offer a wide variety of dental services, starting at $35. From exams to extractions, root canals and crowns, and even dentures and night guards, call them at 713.640.2273 for more info.

Vecino Dental Clinics | Services are not free although they do operate on a sliding scale. Depending on income, an office visit could range in between $20-$55. Their adult dental services at the Denver Harbor Family Clinic at 424 Hahlo Street Houston, TX 77020 are open until 8pm, Mon-Fri. Services include exams, cleanings, extractions, fillings, and crowns. Contact them at 713.674.3326.