Community & Human Development

Homeless Assistance Programs

El Paso Helps

Formally launching Fall of 2022, El Paso Helps serves as a collaboration of organizations providing support to families in crisis to drive stability within the community.  
With support from The United Way of El Paso, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, Amistad, Family Endeavors, and Cisco, we are ensuring that families and individuals experiencing homelessness are connected to services immediately.

Find Help

Find Help

Get Connected to a Resilience Navigator who can provide assistance and resource navigation to community resources, case management services, referrals to basic needs assistance, and access to housing stabilization services.

(915) 400-7401

Street Outreach

Street Outreach

24/7 Availability of Social Workers trained in street outreach with a focus on reducing response time and increasing the number of individuals with access to services. Services are provided by Amistad.

(915) 298-1115

Find Shelter

Find Shelter

The Welcome Center helps provide initial stabilization to support, triage, and refer to an appropriate community provider. Services also include immediate access to necessities including short-term shelter, meals, access to showers, and laundry. Services are provided by the Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

(915) 248-5567

Find Housing

Find Housing

Permanent Housing Options for persons experiencing homelessness. Covers rent up to 12 months and deposits and include intensive case management services by Endeavors.

(915) 226-4599
Yohana Duarte, Lead Case Manager

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

Funded under the McKinney Vento Act as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, this grant combines Emergency Shelter, Street Outreach, Homelessness Prevention, and Rapid Re-housing activities. It’s designed to provide essential street outreach and emergency shelter services as well as emphasize homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance to assist individuals and families quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis of homelessness. This grant is funded through the Housing and Urban Development's Office (HUB) and managed by the City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development.

ESG Program funds are available annually and are awarded through the Department of Community and Human Development through a grant application process. Non-profit agencies and government entities are eligible to apply. Please contact the Community and Human Development office for applications and more details.

Contact Information

Community + Human Development 
(915) 212-0138

Homeless Housing & Services Program

HHSP was established during the 81st Texas Legislature through an appropriations rider and codified during the 82nd Texas Legislature. The Texas Department of Community Affairs (TDHCA) administers funding to the eight largest cities in support of services to homeless individuals and families. Cities currently served through HHSP include Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

The City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development (DCHD) is accepting funding proposals for the 2021-2022 program year under the Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP) which is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). This funding helps prevent homelessness, provides rapid re-housing for those experiencing homelessness, case management, transitional housing for youth, and essential services to youth.

Agencies that are eligible to apply include:

General set-aside – agencies currently administering Homelessness Prevention and/or Rapid Rehousing Assistance programs; and who are able to provide case management as part of their Homeless Prevention and/or Rapid Rehousing Assistance programs. 
2021-2022 projections (based on an analysis of previous years’ allocations) for the general homeless population is $348,133.

Youth set-aside – agencies currently administering youth homelessness programs for transitional housing of unaccompanied homeless youth and homeless young adults between the ages of 18 and 24. Eligible applicants must provide case management and/or essential services as part of transitional housing to homeless youth.
2021-2022 projections (based on an analysis of previous years’ allocations) for the youth population is $126,124.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The City receives approximately $350,000 annually from  Housing and Urban Development's Office (HUB) to provide housing and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The City of El Paso’s HOPWA (Housing for Persons with AIDS) is currently administered by the Department of Public Health

For more information please contact:

Department of Public Health | Prevention Program
701 Montana
El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 212-6665 or (915) 212-6577 Fax: 212-0183