Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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February 7, 2009

Utility bill assistance available for low-income JC families

Assistance is available in the form of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs funding to assist Johnson County qualifying households pay their energy bills.

TDHCA awarded $1,701.48 in energy assistance funds to Texas Neighborhood Services to be distributed among local residents in Johnson County and surrounding counties.

The funding is part of more than $4 million awarded statewide to help qualifying households pay their energy bills.

Local service providers will accept applications for assistance and determine eligibility, placing priority on households with elderly persons, very young children, disabled persons and homes with the greatest energy burden.

To find the nearest Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program provider, call toll free at 877-399-8939 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The toll-free number will directly connect callers with the CEAP service provider in their county. A land line is required, however, when dialing the toll-free number because cell phones will not make the automatic connection.

“I am very excited that Johnson County has received these funds,” said State Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson. “These funds will help low-income households with their utility bills in the short term while helping them develop ways to better manage their energy costs for the long term.”

TDHCA annually assists more than 68,000 low-income Texans through CEAP services helping low-income households meet their immediate energy needs and to encourage consumer to control future energy costs through case management and consumer education.

Some households may also qualify for the repair or replacement of inefficient heating and cooling equipment.

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