Texas Utility Assistance Program Now Available | New

Help with high utility bills is now available to many people in the state thanks to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, which launched a program to distribute funds to low-income homeowners and renters to past due and future utility bills.

The program, Texas Utility Help, was launched “to enable even more Texans to access and benefit from utility assistance programs,” said Bobby Wilkinson, executive director of TDHCA. “The new program uses a streamlined online application process, so any eligible Texas household can apply for assistance with energy and water bills in one form.”

Applications may be submitted if household income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines and meets other eligibility criteria. This means that a family of four would qualify for $41,000 and a family of two would qualify for $27,000 under federal poverty guidelines. The maximum household income is determined by the number of people in the household.

Qualified applicants may receive assistance for late electricity, natural gas and propane payments and up to $2,400 for future payments. Water and sewage assistance is also available for overdue payments and up to $600 for future bills.

TUHP has supplier agreements with most major energy companies, but smaller electricity or water companies may take longer to process. Payments are made directly to the utility company on behalf of the applicant, and Wilkinson says the program is intended to help Texas residents get back on track and stay on track with their payments.

The program has more than $50 million to help Texas homeowners and renters in need, and TDHCA encourages applicants to apply as soon as possible while funds are available. However, due to huge interest since the program started last week, they are currently not accepting new applications for help with energy bills until those in the queue have been cleared. processed. They are still accepting requests for help with water and sewage services.

TDHCA recommends reading the FAQ and trying to download the correct documentation. They will also need a good email and phone number so the analyst can get back to the requester and process the request. Full eligibility criteria are available at www.TexasUtilityHelp.com.

For more information and questions, you can reach TDHCA from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 855-566-2057.

Julio V. Miller