Winter Storm Resources - Updated | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas


How North Texans can get help in the wake of February’s winter storm

Winter Storm Uri hit Texas in mid-February, causing billions of dollars in damage and resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people. Months later, many of our North Texas neighbors are still unable to return to their homes, owe enormous sums to their utility providers or need help paying for damage to their homes, vehicles and other property.


A number of local partner organizations are offering services to residents impacted by the winter storm:

Capital Good Fund, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, is offering crisis relief loans, from $300 to $1,500 at 5 percent annual percentage rates. Payments can be deferred for two months. Click here to learn more. To apply, visit

Society of St. Vincent de Paul is offering low-interest emergency loans from $500 to $2,500 to help people in crisis pay for home or auto repairs, medical bills, a deposit on a new or safer apartment, etc. Applicants must have a current income with direct deposit and a bank account, and be willing to meet with a financial coach. Click here to apply.

The City of Dallas Emergency Home Repair Program provides emergency home repair assistance to qualified low-to-moderate-income homeowners within the city limits of Dallas for replacement or repair of systems or fixtures that were damaged in the storm and require immediate action to protect the health and/or safety of the occupants. Click here to apply.

Volunteers of America Texas is offering grants up to $10,000 for home repairs, including wall/floor removal, mold remediation and repair to sewer and gas lines, roofs, electrical systems, HVAC units and plumbing fixtures. To be eligible, residents must live within the city of Dallas, have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income, and have experienced damage to their primary residence caused by the storm that risks causing harm to the life, health or safety of the occupants. Click here to apply.

211’s website has information related to government support, FEMA disaster relief, tax relief for disaster, small business loans, utility disconnections and government loans for disaster repair.

Additional Local Resources

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas just announced a total of $610,000 in grants awarded to local organizations that are providing ongoing support to clients affected by the storm. Contact them directly for assistance:

Allen Community Outreach
ACO is providing new and existing clients in Collin County with emergency assistance, utility assistance, and help with furniture and repairs. To apply for assistance, visit their website.

Bachman Lake Together
Bachman Lake Together is providing financial assistance to help families impacted by increased utility bills, home damage or lost wages resulting from the storm. For more information, call 214-964-0505.

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
Brother Bill’s provides financial assistance to help families repair their homes while also supporting them with complementary services. For more information, call 214-638-2196.

Bryan’s House
Bryan’s House helps clients with basic needs, respite care, parent education and family advocacy, as well as emergency financial assistance for families with medically fragile and special needs children who need immediate and intensive help. For more information, call 214-559-3946 or email

Builders of Hope Community Development Corporation
Builders of Hope has a homeowner reimbursement program that provides help with home repairs, rental forbearance and education on financial literacy. Contact them for more information.

Catholic Charities of Dallas
CCD is providing emergency financial support for residents with urgent needs related to insurance deductibles, home repairs not covered by insurance, rental assistance and replacement of furnishings and/or appliances. Submit a request for assistance here.

The Chocolate Mint Foundation
The Chocolate Mint Foundation provides necessities such as food and drinking water, utility bill assistance, reimbursement for home repairs and more. For more information, call 972-224-7200 or email

CitySquare – The Hope Fund
CitySquare launched The Hope Fund to provide disaster relief and recovery services, including groceries and personal hygiene items, emergency financial assistance, legal services, homeless prevention services and access to health care. Contact CitySquare at 214-303-2100.

Community Outreach Housing
COH helps families pay for property repairs and high utility bills, while also offering volunteers to complete minor home repairs. Submit a request for assistance here.

Cornerstone Assistance Network North Central Texas
Cornerstone is providing assistance to families who need help paying for hotels or repairs to their homes. Click here to request assistance.

Empowering The Masses
Empowering The Masses hosts a weekly food pantry and is offering ongoing assistance for residents with increased utility bills as a result of the storm. Call 972-460-6316 or email for details.

Family Faith Empowerment Center
The center is providing clothes, hygiene items, baby formula, diapers and wipes, and food; utility and rental assistance; and support for senior citizens who need help with repairs and other damage caused by the storm. Residents can call 469-912-1141 or email for more information.

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
HRI is providing direct aid in the form of financial aid grants, grocery gift cards, food and toiletries. Financial aid has been available for rental assistance, utilities, medical costs, food and other urgent needs. To make an appointment for assistance, call 214-855-0520.

ilooklikeLOVE Inc.
ilooklikeLOVE is distributing essential baby items to single mothers affected by the winter storm. If you are in need of assistance, contact them here.

Irving Cares Inc.
Irving Cares provides housing assistance to families who are in danger of eviction or losing their home due to the storm. They also offer funds for people who need help with storm-related repairs that are not covered by insurance or as a reimbursement for storm-related insurance deductibles. Contact them at 972-721-9181 or

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas Inc.
JFS helps clients with emergency needs, including utility bills, housing expenses, hotel stays and other necessities. They also host a weekly food pantry. Residents can call 972-437-9950.

Minnie’s Food Pantry
Minnie’s Food Pantry is helping families get as close as possible to pre-storm living by helping to restore utilities and stop evictions, obtaining furniture that was damaged, and assisting with necessities such as clothing, food and water, among other services. Learn more here.

Network of Community Ministries
Network is providing financial assistance for plumbing needs, home or car repairs, hotel stays during repair, rent and utilities. They also have volunteers to make repairs on senior homes and cover costs of supplies. Apply for assistance here.

North Dallas Shared Ministries
NDSM is providing rental and utility assistance, as well as medical and dental care, tax prep and other services. NDSM also distributes food once a week. Learn more here.

On the Road Lending
On the Road is providing up to $1,000 in financial assistance to clients in Dallas or Collin County. For more information, call 888-464-6875 or email

Three Brothers Learning
Three Brothers Learning offers rental assistance, help with utility bills and food for students and their families in the Roosevelt and Madison High School areas of Dallas. For more information, call 413-GET-FOOD.

The Senior Source
The Senior Source provides assistance for residents with high utility bills, help with plumbing or electrical repairs and, for older adults, meal delivery. To learn more, call 214-823-5700 or email

Unite Greater Dallas
Unite is working with 800 churches to provide resources such as food, rent and utilities assistance, and home repair assistance for their congregants and members of the community. Contact them at 972-424-0681 or

Voice of Hope Ministries
Voice of Hope runs a food pantry and provides funding for repairs of pipes, furniture and other property. For more information, call 214-631-7027 or email


Please consider supporting your North Texas neighbors by donating to or volunteering with any of the organizations listed above.

This article was published on: Apr 15, 2021