Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc.

A Community Action Agency

Who We Are

The Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. (GCCSA, Inc.) is a non-profit organization that serves the most vulnerable populations of Harris County. We strengthen the educational, social and economic well-being of Houstonians as they transition from varying stages of poverty to financial confidence. Founded in 1965, GCCSA, Inc. provides diverse programs designed to eliminate the inhibitive conditions of the under-resourced populations of Harris County.

Through programs such as Head Start/Early Head Start, Rent and Electricity Assistance, Food Pantry, Adult Literacy and Education, and Vocational Training and Education Scholarships, GCCSA is able to assist families in earning a living wage, individuals in the advancement of their education, and communities in gaining economic security.

Our Vision

Our Mission

To earn the confidence of the citizens of Houston and Harris County so that GCCSA becomes the exemplary model for social services in the community.

As Harris County’s Community Action Agency, Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. (GCCSA, Inc.) engages partners and forges strategic alliances to educate, equip and empower individuals and families in their pursuit of economic independence.

Why We Exist

GCCSA’s diverse programs are designed to eliminate the inhibitive conditions of the underserved populations of Harris County by assisting:
  • families in earning a living wage
  • individuals in the advancement of their education
  • communities in gaining economic security

TEXAS FACT SHEET: Community Action Agencies

Our Services

GCCSA provides programs and services that benefit the Houston-Metropolitan area, giving opportunities to grow financially, economically and socially. Our services to the community include:

  • Head Start & Early Head Start (Free, High Quality Early Childhood Education)

  • Rent and Electricity Assistance, if experiencing financial hardship(s)

  • Curbside Food Pantry

  • Adult Literacy and Education

  • Vocational Training and Education Scholarships

  • Case Management and Employment Support Services

Our Impact

Since 1965, GCCSA creates solutions that improve people’s lives, homes and communities.

Reports to the Community

Financial Reports

GCCSA, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, that serves the residents of Greater Houston every day. With us, you can count on transparency, efficiency and good stewardship. To request a hard copy of GCCSA reports or for any other information requests, contact our Compliance & Accountability Director, Al Maldonado at

Board of Directors

Stay informed about when the Board of Directors meets and the topics they discuss as they guide GCCSA, Inc. in its service to the community. Click here for upcoming meetings and agendas.

FY 2021 Board Officers

Jay Griffin, Chair

Chrystal Hicks Greggs, Vice Chair

Olaniyi Oyedele,CPA, Treasurer

Dr. Vanese Delahoussaye, Secretary

FY 2021 Board Members

Isalia Cavillo, Private Sector, HS/EHS Policy Council Chair

Pam Guthrie, Public Sector, Mayor of Pasadena Jeff Wagner

Elizabeth Humphrey, JD, Under-Served Sector C

Matala Idi, Public Sector, Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Carolyn Scantlebury, Private Sector, NAACP

Rev. Lee Skinner, Under-Served Sector A

William-Paul Thomas, Public Sector, Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner

FY 2021 Board Advisory Members

Charles Wilson, JD, Legal Expert

Daniel Ramirez, JD, Legal Counsel

Media Center

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News & Features

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