If you or someone you know needs help, dial 211.

211 Overview

A free, confidential helpline operated by United Way of Greater Houston, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 211Texas/United Way HELPLINE continued to break records in 2019, connecting more than 1.3 million of our neighbors with help. Top calls were for assistance with basic needs, like food, followed by utility assistance, prescription assistance, help paying the rent or mortgage, and shelter.

With dedicated United Way THRIVE and veterans specialists on staff, 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE connects families and veterans with resources to meet their unique needs. 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is also the information resource before, during and after natural disasters, connecting people in need with up-to-the-minute information and critical services.

IN 2019:

229,553 people connected with food assistance

226,720 people connected to utility assistance

216,663 people connected with health care

165,556 people connected with rent or mortgage assistance

97,337 people connected with housing or shelter



Make sure someone is there to answer every call for help.