Rent & Utility Assistance Program


The United Way of Lamar County has a limited Rental Assistance program based on need and funding availablity for residents of Lamar County only.  Assitance is provided based on need without discrimination of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.  Assistance should not exceed one full month’s rent or mortgage payment (principal and interest) during the previous twelve-month period.  If another agency has assisted with the client’s rent or mortgage in the past six months, the client is not eligible for funds through this program.  This program does not assist with household rental deposits or pet deposits.


In addition to a completed and signed applicaiton by the tenant and landlord, the following information will need to be submitted when returning your application. We will make copies of the information once provided.


Þ Photo ID

Þ Your lease or mortgage (application must be completed by the tenant on the lease)

Þ Verification of each household members income for the past 30 days

Þ Child support verification report

Þ SSI or SSDI income verification letter

Þ Any documentation that supports your need for assistance such as police reports or medical records.


Applications for RENTAL ASSISTANCE may be picked up at the United Way office, located at 2340 Lamar Avenue. Applications open on the 20th of each month until the end of the month and are processed on the last Friday and first Friday of the month only.  You will be notified if your application has been accepted and if your rent will be assisted either partially or in full. 

UTILITY ASSISTANCE -  CAll 903-784-6642 - phone screenings for assistance with water, gas and electric bills to those who qualify.