Helpful Community Resources


Texas ETV

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program allows Texas to assist those who qualify to transition to successful adulthood by providing funds and supports to help achieve educational goals. Those who qualify may get up to $2500 per semester.


Find information on PAL Transitional and Financial Support Services and the TWC Program, which can assist with both educational and work-related expenses.

211 Texas

211 Texas is a resource line for assistance with various things, including questions about Medicaid. You can also dial 211 on your phone to speak with someone.

DFPS Youth Housing Program

The Youth Housing Program provides details on a variety of housing options for young adults as they age out of care.

Preparation for Adult Living (PAL)

Do you know all of the things you are eligible for if you spent time in the foster care system after age 16? Make sure you’re getting all of your benefits. You can find more information at this link.

Texas Foster Youth Justice Project

A great resource that lays out the resources for young adults aging out of care, including legal rights,

Nueces County Department of Social Services

They can provide assistance once per year for things like electricity or other utility payments.

Catholic Charities

Provides multiple resources, including a food pantry where you can visit monthly and assistance with utilities.  They do not assist with rent.

Metro Ministries

Provides multiple services including housing for youth who have aged out of foster care, a free primary medical care clinic, and a free cafeteria serving meals Monday – Friday.

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

Provides free legal services to those in need.


A national network for youth and young adults in foster care. They provide information on resources, advocacy, and other opportunities.