There are many types of assistance and resources such as housing, food, and unemployment available to the citizens in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Visit The City of San Antonio’s Resident Assistance page to find out how you can access the help you need for:
- Abuse and Domestic Violence
- Food Assistance
- Housing and Evictions
- Unemployment and Job Training
- Utilities and Internet
Family Resources for Parents and Children
Parenting can be overwhelming, especially during times of crisis. If you are struggling or need some support, you can call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support.
Call 1.855.427.2736, 12:00 pm – 9 pm Monday-Friday to speak to a trained advocate.
The challenges we are experiencing as a result of the pandemic can be difficult to explain to children. Here are a few resources that can help:
- Child Mind Institute – includes guides on how to talk to children about COVID-19, how to handle stress and anxiety, and dealing with grief and loss.
- KidsHealth by the Nemours Foundation – features videos and articles for parents and children of all ages to help families cope
CDC COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit – divides resources by age group and includes fun activities like downloadable scavenger hunts, activity books, board games, and more.
Everyone needs a brain-break now and then. Here are a few family-friendly videos, games, and activities you can enjoy together:
- PBS Kids: PBS offers educational resources for parents, including games and activities, which address a variety of topics for children up to age 8.
- TED-Ed YouTube Channel: TED-Ed provides short educational videos on a wide variety of topics to satisfy the most curious imaginations.
- Go Noodle YouTube Channel: GoNoodle videos encourage children to get moving using dancing, stretching, running, jumping, deep breathing, and wiggling exercises.
- Internet Connectivity – free Wi-Fi access is available at local parks, libraries, and school campuses. Find a location near you.
- Meal Assistance – If your child is enrolled in school, they may be able to receive breakfast and lunch for free. Check with your school district for regular updates. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also provides money for food, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides resources for pregnant women and people with children younger than 5.
- Childcare Assistance – The Child Care Services (CCS) division of the City of San Antonio can help with child care for those who qualify.