April 10, 2014
Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743
CCSCT: (830) 303-4376
- State, nonprofit to provide energy assistance to region
- Program weatherizes homes, reduces utility bills
- Savings may be directed to other household needs
State housing agency moves to restore key energy assistance program to nine southwest Texas counties
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced that it has contracted with the Community Council of South Central Texas (CCSCT) to provide an important energy assistance program to low-income residents residing in nine southwest Texas counties.
The Seguin-based nonprofit will administer the state housing agency’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) in Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, LaSalle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala counties.
WAP helps low-income households control energy costs through the installation of weatherization materials and minor home repairs, saving more of the household’s income for other necessities.
The weatherization work typically involves caulking; weather-stripping; the addition of ceiling, wall, and floor insulation; patching holes in the building envelope; duct work; and the tune-up, repair or replacement of inefficient heating and cooling systems.
“TDHCA is pleased to partner with the Community Council of South Central Texas and provide this important service which makes such a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Texans each year,” said TDHCA Executive Director Tim Irvine. “The organization has the experience and know-how to administer this program, and we are certain its staff will provide timely, quality customer service to their clients in need.”
Households in this nine-county area had been without WAP services since the nonprofit agency previously serving the region relinquished its contract with TDHCA last year.
To qualify for assistance, households must earn no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines and meet certain program priorities. For more information regarding CCSCT and this program, please contact the agency directly at (830) 303-4376.
About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is committed to expanding fair housing choice and opportunities for Texans through the administration and funding of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services with the help of for-profits, nonprofits, and local governments. For more information about fair housing, funding opportunities, or services in your area, please visit www.tdhca.state.tx.us or the Learn about Fair Housing in Texas page.
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