Utility Assistance

About the Program

The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) combines education and financial assistance to help low-income consumers reduce their utility bills. Services include utility payment assistance for electric, natural gas and propane.

CCSCT assigns priority to households with the least amount of income and the greatest energy costs. Priority is also given to vulnerable individuals 60 years and over, persons with disabilities and families with children five years of age or under.

Utility Assistance Component: Payments to assist low-income households to reduce their home energy costs and are based on the previous 12 month billing cycle. Payment of up to allocation limits are based off the previous 12-month billing history. Low-income households with a vulnerable priority member receive assistance up to their allocation limit. Households with non-vulnerable member receive six months of assistance up to their allocation limit. Service and Repair of heating and cooling appliance components up to $5,000 for vulnerable households.

Allocation limits are:

0-50%=$1,600

51-75%=$1,500

75%-150%=$1,400

(Based on Percentage of Federal Poverty Guidelines)

Crisis Assistance Component: Provides Assistance with utility bills when households have lost service or are in danger of losing service and meet one of three conditions which include:

  1. Extreme Weather Conditions. Extreme Weather Conditions are only applicable during the summer months of June, July, August and September and winter months of November, December, January and February.
  2. President or Governor declared disaster or
  3. Life threatening crisis.

Service and repair of heating and cooling appliance components up to $5,000 for non-vulnerable households can only be made during the crisis situations listed above.

Payments are made directly to the utility company and do not include any fees for water, sewer, garbage, security lights, disconnection fees, late fees, collection recovery fees, surge protectors, membership fees, deposits, agency assistance fees, returned check fees, etc.

Service Area

The counties serviced by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) include: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, LaSalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala.

Funding Source

This program is funded (in whole or in part) by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

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Contact Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program

Address: 1220 Simmons Ave, Jourdanton, Texas 78026

Phone: 830-767-2019

Fax: 830-767-2021

Email: cdelgado@ccsct.org