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Helpful Non-Legal Organizations

Below are nonprofit and government agencies that can further help you.

Texas State Law Library
The Texas State Law Library has a wide variety of self-help resources available to help you better understand the legal system. They also have online legal research databases you can access remotely with a Texas State Law Library card. 

Office of Court Administration
The Office of Court Administration (OCA) is a state agency within the Texas judicial branch that operates under the direction and supervision of the Supreme Court of Texas. It provides resources and information for the efficient administration of the judicial branch of Texas. The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, and information about Texas state courts and court rules can be found on its website.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
DPS oversees criminal history records and administers driver licenses. People considering expunctions and nondisclosures or who want to understand a traffic violation better should visit the DPS website.


Texas District and County Attorney Association - Expunctions and Nondisclosure
The book Expunctions & Nondisclosure (2020 Edition) is written for lawyers, but may be helpful to nonlawyers because it includes checklists, explanations, and templates. The book and included materials cost $30. You may be able to check it out from your nearest law library.
Apply online to see if you are eligible to receive disaster assistance, find information regarding immediate needs and moving forward, and locate crucial local resources. 

Apply for FEMA's Individuals and Households Program provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs.
The website seeks to provide easy, statewide access to basic legal information, education, and resources for parents and other interested parties who cannot afford an attorney.

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Passports for Children Under 16
Passports for children and young teens are different from those for adults. Children under 16 must apply for a passport in-person with two parents or guardians. There are special forms, renewal requirements, and expiration dates. 

Your Texas Benefits
Learn about, apply, and manage state benefit programs like Medicaid, CHIP, WIC Food Benefits, TANF Cash Help, SNAP Food Benefits.
Find healthcare coverage that is right for you and your family. You can enroll, change, and manage your plan through the website.
Find a health and drug plan, apply, manage your plan, file claims and appeals, and learn what each part of Medicare covers. Medicare is available for people aged 65 or older and young people with disabilities.

Social Security Administration
Apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card, and more.

Texas Health and Human Services
Learn how Texas Health and Human Services assist with elder care, food benefits, disabilities, finances, healthcare, substance abuse, and safety. 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Offering programs to avoid foreclosure, relieve homelessness, protect people from housing discrimination, and free housing counseling. Housing counselors give advice and information on buying a home, renting, and public housing. 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Learn about the Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 Program program that provides financial assistance for decent, safe, and sanitary housing to eligible Texas households.

Texas Tenants' Union
Educating and organizing tenants to protect their rights, preserve their homes, improve their living conditions, and enhance the quality of life in their communities—training, counseling, and handbooks available. 

Texas Tenant Advisor
Find information on renting in Texas. Texas Tenant Advisor is dedicated to helping renters obtain a decent, affordable home in a quality neighborhood of their choice.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
Learn about citizenship, apply for citizenship, and find study materials and educational programs. 

Free information for the immigrant community regarding their rights and safety plans in case of raids or arrests. 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Report unfair treatment in the workplace because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.
Register to vote, check to see if you're registered, learn what's on the ballot, find your polling place, and see what forms of ID you'll need to vote. 

Pension Rights Center
Assistance with retirement plans including free help from the U.S. Administration on Aging's network of Pension Counseling and Information Projects.
A one-stop resource for identity theft victims to begin the recovery process. Report identity theft, get a recovery plan, and find streamlined checklists, sample letters, and other guiding materials.

Consumer Protection - Texas Attorney General's Office
If you spot price gouging or experience unfair or unlawful business practices, please make a complaint online or call their Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-621-0508. Learn about common scams related to disasters, seniors, charities, and more. 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Make more informed financial decisions with the resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Their guides can help you understand and plan for big financial goals like buying a home, getting an auto loan, or paying for college. 

Federal Trade Commission
Report identity theft, get a free credit report, register for the Do Not Call list, and enroll in scam alerts.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 
The national domestic violence hotline is available 24-7 to provide help on issues involving domestic violence. You can call the hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat online. 

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault 
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) connects survivors, advocates, rape crisis centers, and allied professionals. Using their crisis center locator, you can find 24-hour hotlines, counseling, and other services close to you. 

Texas Council on Family Violence 
Find information, resources, and help for victims of family violence including 24-hour support options, safety planning resources, and utility waivers. Information and resources are also available for offenders of family violence. 

Texas Health and Human Services - Family Violence Program
Locate centers that provide temporary shelter and supportive services like hotlines, assistance in obtaining medical care, emergency transportation, and job training.

Texas Workforce Commission
The Texas Workforce Commission administers unemployment benefits, provides special services for people with disabilities to get training and employment, and provides worker and student support services like childcare. 

Texas Education Agency
For parents and guardians looking for information about Texas schools, finding a school, and enrolling their child in school.

U.S. Department of Labor
Learn about state minimum wage laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, owed back wages, and how to file a complaint. 

Bigger Than Bullies
Education, relevant laws, public resources, and hotlines about bullying. Bigger than Bullies has resources for parents, educators, kids, teens, adults in the workplace, and human resource professionals.  

Stateside Legal
StatesideLegal assists people with military experience by providing them with information and resources to better understand and protect their rights. 

Texas Veterans Commission
The Texas Veterans Commission helps vets, their families, and their survivors access the benefits available to them. Veterans-specific programs assist with claims, education benefits, entrepreneurial support, health care advocacy, and mental health.

Search TexVet's database to find local organizations that help with VA claims, emergency funds, food, home repair, homelessness, transportation, and jobs. You can find property tax laws, higher education opportunities (including scholarships), free licensure, and mental health support uniquely available to Texas veterans.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Access and manage your VA benefits and health care. Apply for vocational rehabilitation, pension payments, GI Bill, life insurance, and VA healthcare. Learn about family member benefits, burials and memorials, housing assistance, and requesting records. 

Veterans Crisis Line
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Chat online, text 838255, or call 800-272-8255 and press 1. The Veterans Crisis Line is free, confidential, and available every day, 24-7.