A multi-ethnic organization serving all Houstonians

Public Benefits

About Us

CCC provides application assistance to a variety of public benefits for the vulnerable population in Houston. With support from the National Council on Aging, we have a Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) that offers the following FIVE core benefits:

  • SNAP (Previously known as food stamp)
  • Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare Savings Program (MSP)
  • Part D Extra Help (LIS)

In additional to the Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC), we also provides additional benefits application assistance including:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) coaching
  • Gold Card
  • Free Legal Clinic
  • Weatherization
  • Lifeline (federally funded free phones)

BEC Core Benefits

Please click on the following programs to view more information.

SNAP (Food Stamp) Application Assistance (click to open)

SNAP (Food Stamp) Application Assistance

CCC assists qualified community members complete and submit applications for SNAP Food Benefits on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 9:15am – 11:30am. No Appointment Necessary. Assistance offered in English and Mandarin Chinese.


  • Have a social security number
  • Either be a Citizen or a qualified legal alien
  • Qualified legal aliens include those who have held a permanent resident card ( LPRs) for 5 years, LPR minors, Refugees, Asylees and those receiving SSI.
  • Have a household income that is below 130% of the poverty line.
  • Have less than $5000 in liquid assets( cash + money in the bank )

To learn more, please contact: Maggie Sun maggie@ccchouston.org | 713-271-6100 ext. 127

Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) (click to open)

At this time, Chinese Community Center is not taking any applications. If you would like to apply for 2017 Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program, please call Baker Ripley call center number at 713-590-2327 for more information, or call United Way’s helpline number, 211.

Medicaid (click to open)

Information coming soon.

Medicare Savings Program (click to open)

Information coming soon.

Part D Extra Help (click to open)

Information coming soon.

Additional Benefits

Please click on the following programs to view more information.

Gold Card Application Assistance (click to open)

Harris County Hospital District Gold Card

The Harris County Gold Card is a program of the Harris County Hospital District that provides discounts and subsidies to low-income residents of Harris County when they obtain care at Hospital District clinics and hospitals. Qualification depends on your income, place of residency, and other help you receive or could receive. If you are over 62 and DO NOT receive any social security benefits, you need to go to the social security office and have them issue a letter stating you do not receive any benefits.

You will need the following documents to fill out your application and expedite the verification process:

  • Identification for Yourself and Family Members: Texas driver’s license or Texas Identification card, student ID with picture, employee job badge with picture, passport with picture, U.S. Immigration documents with picture, credit card with picture, ID issued by foreign consulates, marriage license, birth certificates, Social Security card, U.S. naturalization, citizenship or other federal documents, hospital or birth records, adoption papers or records, voter’s registration card, or wage stubs
  • Proof of Address: Accepted proofs dated within the past 60 days: utility bill, credit card statement, mortgage statement; rental verification form, commercial mail addressed to you or your spouse, printout from Texas Workforce Commission, domicile verification form completed by a reliable person not living with you. Accepted proofs dated within the past year: Lease agreement, school records for minor children, Department of Motor Vehicle documents, property tax statement, automobile insurance documents, automobile registration, printout from IRS or Social Security Administration, certification documents from Food Stamps, Medicaid, or Chip, letter from recognized social services agency, current voter’s registration card, post office records, and church records.
  • Proof of Income (last 30 days): pay check stubs; pay checks; W-2 tax forms; wage verification letter; current year 1040 tax form; benefit letters; retirement checks or statements
  • Proof of Household Composition: birth certificate; baptismal record; most recent IRS 1040 form; Social Security Award letter for dependents; school documents; insurance documents; U.S. Immigration application; divorce or child support decree; baby’s Popras form, birth fact record, or hospital armband); proof of school enrollment for students aged 18-23
  • Proof of Immigration Status if applicable: Documentation from the INS
  • Proof of Health Coverage if applicable: award or claim letters; insurance policies; court document; other legal papers
  • Medicare Patients: If you have Medicare coverage and you want to apply for a discount on services and fees not covered by Medicare, you must provide proof of your resources and liabilities, Medicare Identification Card, Bank Statements (dated for last 30 days), and Credit Card Statements (dated from last 30 days)

If you are applying for the first time you will need to have a face-to-face interview at one of the 6 Eligibility Centers or at a HCHD community outreach location.

To make an appointment with an eligibility center, call 713-566-6509. The Centers are listed below. You will be asked to apply for Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Social Security Income Benefits as well.

To find an HCHD community outreach location, call (713) 566-6064. The CCC is an outreach location. Assistance applying for medical financial eligibility occurs the 2nd and 4th Monday every month beginning at 8-11:30am on a first come, first serve basis. Assistance will be provided for the Gold Card Application, Health Education, and CHIP and CHIP Perinatal applications for children and pregnant women. To contact the CCC directly for more information, call (713) 271-6100 ext. 112 of 114.

Weatherization Program (click to open)

CenterPoint Energy Agencies in Action (AIA)  is an energy efficiency program which utilizes area local non-profit organizations, like the Chinese Community Center, to deliver energy-efficiency services to low-income customers.

Due to limited funding, we’re not currently accepting new applications for this program.

Free Legal Clinic (click to open)

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc.

Legal Advice Clinic for Low-Income Harris County Residents

Date/Time: 3rd Wednesday of every month 1:30-3:30 pm. Walk-ins only, no appointments.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and volunteer attorneys will provide brief legal advice (20 to 30 minutes) to residents of Harris County in the areas including, but not limited to:

  • Family law (divorce, custody, and child support)
  • Wills and probate
  • Consumer
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Immigration law

Referrals to other legal services providers will also be available. Anyone with legal documents or documents pertaining to their case should bring them to the appointment.

Established in 1981, the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program’s mission is to provide pro bono services to low-income individuals of Harris County.

Income Tax Assistance (click to open)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.