How to Apply For Benefits

Are you facing a crisis or emergency? Do you need help with food, housing or other basic needs? Your Texas Benefits is an online system to apply for benefits and find support services such as:

  • SNAP Food Benefits (food stamps)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Cash Help for Families
  • Medicaid
  • Medicaid for Pregnant Women
  • Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Medicaid Buy-In Program
  • Children’s Health Insurance Plan – CHIP
  • CHIP Prenatal

View the Your Texas Benefits Form (English, Spanish) for more details about documents needed for specific benefits such as CHIP and TANF.


If you are applying for any benefit program, bringing copies of these documents may be helpful:

  • Identification
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of income (pay stubs from employer, Social Security award letters, workers compensation or unemployment benefits)
  • Immigration status or legal representation documents (if applicable)

By: Family Houston Community Support Team