Harris County TX Social Services

Find Harris County, Texas departments of social services, DSS, DPSS, and human services. Departments of social services provide information on food stamps, public assistance, welfare, housing, healthcare, emergency assistance, and child services.


Harris County Social Service Department 3737 Red Bluff Road Pasadena TX 77502 713-472-5360


Harris County Social Service Department 9418 Jensen Drive Houston TX 77093 713-696-7900

Houston Social Service Department 8000 North Stadium Drive Houston TX 77054 713-794-9200

Texas State Social Service Department 5425 Polk Street Houston TX 77023 713-767-2700

About Harris County Social Services

Social Services are Texas State, Harris County and local government agencies responsible for providing a wide range of health and human services and programs in Harris County, TX. The range and types of programs may vary significantly from one jurisdiction to the next, but Social Services in Harris County tends to emphasize safety net programs, the provision of basic necessities, and the protection of children, elderly, and dependent or vulnerable adults.

You may contact Social Services for questions about:
  • Harris County Social Services programs
  • Government benefits and welfare
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Food stamps and EBT cards
  • Harris County Medicare and Medicaid
Harris County SNAP Program & TANF Benefits

Harris County Social Services Departments administer assistance programs, including those that are funded by Federal resources. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance (Harris County food stamps and EBT cards), while Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides general assistance for eligible low-income households in Harris County. The Texas State and Harris County governments operate additional benefits programs that are geared toward helping low income households pay for basic necessities. Harris County Social Services Departments employ caseworkers to conduct intake, determine eligibility, approve benefits, and ensure compliance with these and other programs.

Medicare and Medicaid in Harris County, TX

Departments of Social Services may also administer Federal government health programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Texas health programs that provide coverage to low-income uninsured or underinsured groups that are not eligible for Federal health coverage. Health programs for otherwise uninsured children and women are common in Harris County.

Health and Human Services

In Harris County and at the local level, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) often works with Harris County community human service providers to ensure the needs of individuals and families are met. Harris County referral services may cover preventive health care, housing, substance abuse and addiction services, home energy assistance programs, mental health services, and supportive services for people with disabilities. Local providers of basic necessities such as food pantries, temporary and homeless shelters, and child care are usually accessible through Harris County Social Services Departments.

Harris County Human Services

Harris County State Social Services Offices typically administer social and human service programs by contract with Harris County, local government, or community providers. In Texas the Social Services Department may also be responsible for coordinating and regulating the foster care system and adoptions processes. They may also investigate and support Harris County law enforcement in cases of child welfare or abuses and neglect of the elderly, as well as assisting child support enforcement.