Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Texas receiving $2.4 million in additional energy assistance funds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has informed TDHCA that it is allocating $2.4 million in supplemental federal energy assistance funds to Texas.

The funds are in addition to the $60 million in energy assistance grants TDHCA administers annually through the Community Affairs Division and its Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP).

The program helps low income Texans pay a portion of their utility bills and provides case management and consumer education to help eligible households achieve self-sufficiency. In 2006, TDHCA assisted nearly 97,000 households through CEAP.

The HHS award was part of $131 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants recently released to each state by the federal government. TDHCA will administer the funds through its network of 50 contract organizations providing direct service to income eligible individuals and families in all 254 Texas counties.

To find the nearest CEAP provider, use a land-based (non-cell phone) telephone and call 1-877-399-8939. Callers will be automatically routed to the CEAP provider serving their county. For more information on this and other energy assistance programs at TDHCA, visit the Energy Assistance Web page.