County & Local Resources
Bexar County Military and Veterans Services Center (MVSC), is an ever-evolving collaborative impact county agency committed to uniting and connecting our Bexar County residing military transitioning service members, Veterans and their families to pathways for access to resources and support.
Veteran SUPPORT SERVICES:
City of San Antonio Military & Veteran Affairs Department
The Military and Veteran Affairs Department is an inclusive department that works with a number of military-related organizations that support San Antonio’s military community and partners with Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) to engage and sustain JBSA’s mission readiness and ensure the long-term protection of San Antonio’s Military bases. To learn more and connect to the COSA Military & Veteran Affairs services call 210-207-7234.
Bexar County Property Tax Exemption
Provided by: Bexar County Appraisal District
Veterans with qualifying service-connected disabilities and their survivors may be eligible for property tax exemptions. In accordance to the Tax Code, a Disabled Veteran who has a 100% service-connected rating from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, or is unemployable, is exempt from taxation on the veteran's residential homestead. The exemption became effective for the 2009 tax year. Because this is a newly created exemption, you will need to submit an application with the Bexar Appraisal District. You may click on the link above to access the online current application. Disabled Veteran or Survivors of a Disabled Veteran may be taken in addition to the homestead exemption in accordance with the applicant's disability rating established by the Veteran's Administration. This exemption can be taken on any property in Texas; it is not limited to the homestead property. For more information call 210-335-2251.
Bexar County Utility Assistance Program
Provided by: Bexar County Economic & Community Development Office
The Bexar County Economic & Community Development Department offers limited utility assistance with electric and natural gas bills enabling households to become energy self-sufficient. Assistance is available under several programs to address different energy needs (contingent on the availability of funds). The household must reside in Bexar County and have income within 125% of the Poverty Income Guideline set by the Federal Government. For more information or to request an utility assistance application call 210-335-3666.
Provided by: Housing Authority of Bexar County
The Housing Authority of Bexar County (HABC) manages programs for housing assistance, to include the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The HUD-VASH program for homeless veterans combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics. Homeless Veterans are screened by the VA and then referred to HABC. A set number of vouchers are allocated for the program. Individuals interested in the program should contact the local VA at 210-616-9915 and for more HABC information call 210-225-0071.
Provided by: Soldier's Angels
Soldier's Angels is a non-profit organization that ensures military, veterans and their families have access to needed community resources and support. Soldier's Angels provides aid and resources to the military, veterans, and their families. To learn more and connect to the Soldier's Angels call 210-629-0020.
San Antonio Food Bank
Provided by: San Antonio Food Bank
The San Antonio Food Bank is a non-profit organization providing millions of pounds of food to more than 500 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas and through their own direct service programs, serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, the San Antonio Food Bank provides numerous programs that help individuals and families gain long-term food security. To learn more and connect to the San Antonio Food Bank call 210-337-3663.
Meals for Vets
Provided by: Meals for Vets
The Meals for Vets (MFV) program works to eliminate hunger in all Texas Veterans with low or no income and are excluded from other meal programs. Funding for nutritious meals is provided to all qualifying Veterans 59 years and younger with limited income including student Veterans attending college. Meals may be delivered through a Veteran's local meal provider, school cafeteria, or shipped to their home. To apply submit proof of service, (at least 180 active-duty days in the U.S. military) and income/benefit documents as per application. MVF relies on donations and grants from generous individuals, organizations, and foundations. To learn more call 830-992-3375 or 800-676-1389; or email at mealsforvets.org.
United Way 211
Provided by: Call 211 for Essential Community Services
The 2-1-1 Texas is a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, that connects you with services of need and finds information about resources in your local community (e.g. food, housing, child care, crisis counseling, or substance abuse treatment).
Bexar County's All-Digital Public Library
Provided by: BIBLIOTECH Public Library
Bexar County's BiblioTech is the first all-digital public library in the United States that provides Bexar County residents free technology access to enhance education and literacy, promote reading as recreation, and equip all members of the Bexar County community with necessary tools to thrive as citizens of the digital age. BiblioTech is located in Bexar County, Texas at these library locations: BiblioTech East (210) 631-0230; BiblioTech South (210) 631-0180, and BiblioTech West (210) 631-0190. Library membership is free to all Bexar County residents. Access to the digital collection is available 24/7.
UTSA Small Business Development Center
Provided by: UTSA San Antonio Small Business Development Center
The San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides education and no-cost business advising services to entrepreneurs and people wanting to start their own businesses. Seminars are offered and training topics range from basic start-up knowledge to technical financial assistance, strategic planning, leadership, marketing, and more. Business advisors are available to help with many facets of your small business. The UTSA SBDC is located on the UTSA Downtown Campus at 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Durango Bldg., 2nd floor, Suite #2.312, San Antonio, TX 78207. If you would like to learn more about their services call 210-458-2460.
Other Alamo Area Resources
Referrals provided by: Alamo Area Council of Government (AACOG)
Through the Alamo Service Connection (ASC), the expansion of Veteran Services has included over 275 different resources for Veterans and their families available online, anytime, through the ASC's Network of Care database. This information is easily accessible by visiting the website. The ASC can also help with their extensive database of useful resources and one-on-one assistance with such programs as Medicare, Social Security, legal aid, housing assistance, home repairs, residential support services, assistance with emergency household expenses, and access to transportation services available in our region.