We offer the below programs and services to support our community members with their needs and empower them in their everyday life.
Citizenship & Naturalization Services
BPSOS - Citizenship Program provides a culturally and linguistically specialized curriculum and instructor-led classroom environment for adults to prepare for their U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization examination, develop civic skills, or improve their English as Second Language (ESL) proficiency. Classes are available during the weekday evenings and on Saturdays. To get more information on class times and availability, please text in English, Vietnamese, or Spanish to Deily Navas at (281) 826-9870 or call our front office at (281) 530-6888.
“My I-751 and N-400 [were] approved from USCIS because I got help from BPSOS-Houston. I want to thank you for all the efforts you put for helping me in this difficult lengthy process. At one point I was so depressed that my immigration process will never end. I was unaware of any legal procedures of this country … I want to give all the credits of solving my immigration cases to BPSOS-Houston.”
Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program
Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program provides meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services that are culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate to low-income individuals in Harris and surrounding counties whose annual household income is no more than 125% of federal poverty guideline. The IOLTA program assists with obtaining immigration benefits and resolving many kinds of civil legal issues.
“Provided a cost savings of over $16,457 for low-income clients through requests for fee waivers and affidavits of indigency.”
Funded by: Texas Access to Justice Foundation
Crime Victims Civil Legal Services (CVCLS) Program
Crime Victims Civil Legal Services (CVCLS) Program serves victims of crime whose annual household income is no more than 187.5% of federal poverty guideline including domestic violence, human trafficking, assault, battery, and other crimes through compassion and diligence. Services under CVCLS program cover wide areas of law, including immigration and family law.
“BPSOS-Houston helped me file for divorce. They also provided counseling for me and got me full custody of my two sons. Because of the generosity and help of BPSOS-Houston I am able to move past the violence committed against me and start new.”
Funded by: Texas Access to Justice Foundation
Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking (CJD) Program
CJD Program protects and empowers survivors of family violence and human trafficking by providing safety planning, shelter relocation, crisis counseling, assistance obtaining orders of protection, victim advocacy and accompaniment, interpretation and translation, and provides direct legal representation. The CJD program addresses victim restoration, protection, and prevention through culturally and linguistically appropriate case management, advocacy, outreach, and legal representation for immigrant victims of crime.
“BPSOS-Houston’s legal team has helped me get my green card and my VAWA case has been approved. From the bottom of my heart, I thank BPSOS-Houston for all their work they have done to help me. I am finally free, because of them.”
Funded by: The Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor
Legal Service Center
Service Center provides individuals who do not qualify for free services through grants with civil legal assistance at a greatly reduced cost on matters including immigration, family, estate planning, and translation.
“I fled Iran as a refugee. It was a pleasure to receive my green card today, and I want to thank BPSOS-Houston for everything BPSOS-Houston did for me.”
Self-Funded by Fees for Services
Immigrant Resource Hotline
Immigrant Resource Hotline is a source of timely and accurate information about changing immigration policies and a source for referrals to legal services providers and immigrant rights organizers. The hotline is staffed by non-profit staff who are part of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative.
Partners: The Hotline is a project of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Boat People SOS, BakerRipley, Catholic Charities Cabrini Center, Houston Galveston Immigrant Representation Project (GHIRP), and Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM).
Health Awareness & Promotion Program (HAPP)
HAPP-Cancer screens for breast, colon, cervical cancer, and Hepatitis C. HAPP-Access to Healthcare helps enroll in ACA, Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and SNAP. HAPP-Mobile Wellness conducts monthly screenings and workshops for Asians in southeast Houston. HAPP-Wellness Screening available second Wednesdays at BPSOS-Houston.
Funded by: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas & Episcopal Health Foundation, Centers for Medicaid Medicare Services
Get Out To Vote (GOTV)
Get Out To Vote (GOTV) is aimed at increasing civic and electoral participation within the Vietnamese and AAPI community by implementing a nonpartisan program to educate and mobilize the community.
Funded by: ECI, Houston In Action
Senior Services assist those over the age of 60 adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle, BPSOS-Houston senior services provide a full range of linguistically and culturally competent services including:
Senior group gathering meets every Friday from 10am -12pm
Weekly Tai Chi classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm.
Field Trips to attractions and volunteer opportunities at local events.
Healthcare support, legal support, and more.
Funded by: Houston Methodist
Disaster Relief and Recovery Services
Disaster Relief and Recovery Services provides help, support, and advocacy for survivors of natural disasters by offering case management services including benefits assistance, housing assistance and referrals, legal assistance, and direct emergency assistance.