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TDHCA Press Room

Higher utility bills around the corner?

Cool fall weather may follow the heat of summer, but it probably won’t get here as fast as that other predictable fact of life: High summer utility bills.

Where can low-income households turn to for help when they can’t pay their energy bills? Look no further than TDHCA and its Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (“CEAP”).

In addition to helping Texans meet their immediate energy needs, CEAP provides energy education, a needs assessment, and budget counseling to help qualifying households better manage their long-term energy use.

CEAP is administered through contracts with local nonprofit and government agencies and serves clients at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This equals an annual income of $36,450 for a family of four.

To locate the CEAP provider serving your county, call (877) 399-8939 toll free between 8 am and 5 pm Central time, Monday through Friday.

This number will connect you directly with the CEAP service provider in your county. However, you must use a land-based phone; cell phones will not make this connection.

Alternately, you may visit the Help for Texans page on this Web site. Simply click on the “Utility Bill Help” radio button, key in the city (or county) in which you live, and hit “Find Help.”

So don’t wait if you’re in need of assistance. Like Autumn, help may be right around the corner.

 

News Releases

News releases are developed by the Communications and Marketing section of the Division of Policy and Public Affairs to publicize TDHCA program activities. These include application funding cycles, program grant awards, special events, board activities, and other relevant information.

Date Headline
07/29/2016 State housing agency’s $65.3 million tax credit allocation to expand housing options for income-eligible Texans
07/28/2016 State housing agency continues investment in Hidalgo County Self-Help initiatives
07/28/2016 State housing agency continues investment in Webb County Self-Help initiatives
06/24/2016 State housing agency, regional nonprofit to provide energy assistance program in nine East Texas counties
03/21/2016 State housing agency’s online homebuyer education tool takes the complexity out of home purchase process
02/05/2016 State housing agency’s $9.96 million to create affordable housing, expand housing choices for low-income Texans
11/19/2015 State housing agency’s $34.5 million package to fund upgrades for Grand Prairie affordable rental property
07/30/2015 State housing agency’s $63.5 million tax credit allocation to expand housing options for income-eligible Texans
07/30/2015 State housing agency’s $700,000 contract to improve living standards in five Starr County colonias
07/16/2015 State housing agency’s $1 million contract to improve living standards in five Maverick County colonias
07/16/2015 State housing agency provides additional $578,000 to improve colonia standards in Cameron and Willacy counties
02/27/2015 State housing agency to contribute to ambitious makeover of 1,590 units of El Paso public housing
01/21/2015 State housing agency’s $6.7 million financing package to expand affordable rental market in Rio Hondo