Houston Health Department

Southwest Multi-Service Center

Southwest MSC

6400 High Star    Houston, Texas 77074     Office:  (832) 395-9900
  Fax:  (832) 395-9951

 MSC Administration

(832) 395-9901

Hours of Service

Monday 8 A - 6:45 P
Tuesday 8 A - 8:30 P
Wednesday 8 A - 8:30 P
Thursday 8 A - 8:30 P
Friday 8 A - 5:30 P

Rental space is available at the Southwest Multi-Service Center for  public meetings, receptions, workshops, banquets, seminars, etc.  For further information regarding rental fees and space availability, please contact  Sandra Rodriguez.

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 Houston Public Library Express

(832) 393-2660

Hours of Service

Monday 11:00am-6:00pm                                Tuesday 12:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday 10:00am-6:00pm                                    Thursday 11:00am-6:00pm Friday 1:00pm-5:00pm

Computer Class           Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-2:00pm

Citizenship Classes begin the first Tuesday of every month 6:00pm-7:00pm

HPL will provide training and learning opportunities to take advantage of the technology resources we offer in a safe and welcoming space.

Women, Infant & Children Nutrition Program

To schedule an appointment call (832) 393-5427

Hours of Service

Closed every 1st working day of the month

Closed every 1st Thursday of the month 12:00pm-5:00pm

Monday 8:00am-6:00pm                                  Tuesday 8:00am-8:00pm Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm                     Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm Friday 8:00am-12:00pm                                   Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program which provides health care referrals, nutrition education and nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children under five who have a nutrition health-related problems.

Resource & Computer Center

(832) 395-9911

 The Resource Center is equipped with computers and resources for use by the community to search/apply for employment, check email, school work, and practice their computer skills.

Mayor’s Office of International Communities

(832) 395-9913

MOIC informs and educates immigrants & refugees about the immigration laws of the United States, provides referrals and acts as liaison between immigrant communities and city government. Contact Benito Juarez.

Mayor’s Citizen’s Assistance Office

(832) 395-9914

The Mission of the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office (MCAO) is to improve the quality of life for all Houstonians by promoting efficient and effective city services, encouraging community involvement and participation, handling individual citizens’ concerns, and supporting neighborhood revitalization efforts throughout the City of Houston. Contact Veronica Hernandez.


Vital Statistics

The office of Vital Statistics is located at 8000 N. Stadium
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Online orders can be requested anytime at https://houstonvitals.permitium.com/rod
Please visit website for pick-up details.

Planned Parenthood Promotora Program

Wednesday 10:00am-2:00pm (713) 831-6651

Planned Parenthood Promotora Program provides information on abstinence, pregnancy, breastfeeding, family planning, sexual transmitted diseases and other issues concerning reproductive health for both men and women.

Houston Community College



Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:00pm-8:30pm

Free ESL classes, Level I, II & III. For more information call

(713) 718-5400.


Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 6:00pm-8:30pm

The Adult Education Program offers, Adult basic education, GED Preparation, Digital Literacy and Job Readiness. For more information call (713) 718-5400.

Gardening & Nutrition Program

Community Gardening & Harvesting

Workshops Call for schedule (832) 395-9900

The Houston Department of Health & Human Services along with local agencies provide nutritional education and gardening workshops. You will learn how to cook healthy meals, keep yourself and your family active and  how to garden.

HDHHS Food Service Manager’s Certification Classes

(832) 393-5100

The City of Houston requires a food service manager in food establishments during all stages of operation. Students completing the course and passing the examination with a score o 70 points or above, receive a certificate, valid for 5 years. The City of Houston provides the initial 2-day course and renewal 1-day course.  Registration fee covers certification and class material.  Call or visit www.houstontx.gov.

Referral Services

Daisy Galindo (832) 395-9906 Adrian Villagomez (832) 395-9905

The Community Relations Specialist assists clients in connecting them to a particular service such as emergency food, emergency assistance with rent and utilities, medical support, job readiness workshops, and other issues  affecting clients.  Call for more information and to schedule an appointment.


Parks & Recreation Summer Food Program

Monday-Friday Lunch 11:00pm-1:00pm Snack 3:00pm-4:00pm

Through this program young people ages 1-18 receive FREE nutritious lunches for 11 weeks during the time that school is out of session.

Houston Food Bank Distribution

4th Monday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (832) 369-9390

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a USDA sponsored food program designed to improve the health and nutrition of senior citizens, pregnant women, postpartum mothers, infants, and children. Participants receive one box of food once a month. Who is eligible? People over 60 years old and income eligible, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under one year post partum, infants/children under six years old who DO NOT receive WIC benefits.

Houston Food Bank Social Services Outreach Program

Hotline (832) 369-9390

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

First come first serve

Houston Food Bank’s Social Services Outreach Program (SSOP) provides application assistance for social / health services.  Application Assistance: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits, Children’s Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Women’s Health Program (family planning, health screenings thru Medicaid Program), CHIP Perinatal Program, linkage and referral services to other social service providers and other food bank programs.

Healthy Families Healthy Futures

(832) 395-9902 or (832) 395-9903

The HFHF is a voluntary service offered for free to first time moms between the ages of 15-25.  The family begins with weekly home visits which consist of education on breast feeding, immunizations, linkage to a medical provider and the Growing Great Kids curriculum.  The home visits decrease as the family progresses through the program.


ProSalud Car Seat Safety

Friday 10:00am (713) 665-3103

Provides Car Seat Safety education and access to car seats to low income families.

City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services Eligiblity Services

(832) 395-9910


8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Eligibility Programs

Family Planning, Dental (0 to 21 years of age),

Prenatal/Post-Partum Dental (No Age Restriction),

Harris Health Financial Assistance Program (Formerly “Gold Card”)

Application Assistance

SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, CHIP, CHIP Perinatal

Contact Jessica Abad

NCI Senior Program

Monday-Friday 8:00am-1:00pm (832) 395-9922

To qualify for the senior program you must be 60 years of age or older. The program focuses on socialization activities, arts & crafts and volunteer opportunities within the community.

Texas Children’s Health Plan

2nd & 4th Tuesday 8:30am-12:00pm

Application assistance for the following services:

Medicaid, CHIP, & CHIP Perinatal


Offers educational and social services.  Knitting, Parenting, & health education classes, Spanish literacy education for those wanting to learn to read and write.

Legacy Community Health Services

2nd & 4th Monday 8:30am-3:00pm every Thursday 8:30am-1:00pm

Application assistance for the following services:

Medicaid, CHIP, & CHIP Perinatal

Community Health Choice Health Plan

Life Houston

Friday 9:00am-3:00pm (713) 528-6044

LIFE/Houston's Food for Hungry Babies program provides a seven day supply of infant formula and baby food. When in stock, we also provide non-nutritional items including diapers, bottles and clothing.


Arts & Crafts

Monday 9:00 am-11:00am

Free Arts & Crafts and Jewelry making class.