July 30, 2011
Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743
State, regional nonprofit aim to bring stability to lives of older residents, persons with disabilities
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has announced a $50,000 award to an Abilene-based regional planning organization working to bring greater stability to the lives of hundreds of low income special needs residents living in a 19-county service region.
The West Central Texas Council of Governments (COG) will use the award to provide direct assistance to an estimated 233 older low income persons or persons with disabilities and their caregivers in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, and Throckmorton counties.
Assistance will include transportation, respite care, legal assistance, homemaker services, and personal care/assistance through case management and coordination of current public services, resource identification, community referrals and crisis intervention.
“Helping bring greater stability to the lives of low income Texans is a critical part of TDHCA’s mission, as this is the first step toward fostering self-sufficiency,” noted Timothy Irvine, TDHCA Acting Executive Director. “The award will help older adults and persons with disabilities overcome the many barriers they face every day as they strive toward simply living healthy, dignified, and independent lives. We are creating a brighter future, not just for these individuals but also for the entire community in which they live.”
The award was part of a $500,000 discretionary award under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program and represented a portion of the state’s $32.5 million annual allocation from the federal government.
In addition to West Central Texas COG, other entities receiving an award were the Bexar County Commissioners Court, Seton Homes and Project QUEST, all of San Antonio; and the DePelchin Children’s Center of Houston.
The CSBG Program assists households earning no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which is currently set at $27,937 for a family of four. Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and supports a variety of direct services in addition to helping maintain the core administrative elements of local partner organizations.
Unlike most of the Department’s funding programs, CSBG Program awards are not made through a competitive allocation process. Eligible entities are designated by the Governor to provide a broad range of services designed to eliminate poverty and foster self-sufficiency within a specific service region, and each agency receives a direct allocation from TDHCA based on a distribution formula.
However, the $500,000 in discretionary awards were made through a competitive process open to all CSBG eligible entities in Texas, as well as other private nonprofit organizations, units of local government, and regional councils of governments.
For more information about this award, please contact the West Central Texas Council of Governments directly at (325) 672-8544.
About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers a number of state and federal programs through for-profit, nonprofit, and local government partnerships to strengthen communities through affordable housing development, homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services for Texans in need.
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