Community Services

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program provides administrative support to a network of local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that provide services to very low-income persons in all areas of the state. The funding helps provide such essential services as childcare, health and human services for children, families and the elderly, housing, and other poverty-related programs.

Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

The CEAP addresses the needs of the household in developing goals for self-sufficiency through case management, education and a co-payment utility plan. It provides relief to those low income elderly and/or disabled households most vulnerable to the high cost of energy for home heating and cooling from fluctuations in energy costs by providing financial assistance, paying up to 4 of the highest bills during the year. Furthermore, it provides assistance in an energy-related crisis or during severe weather or supply shortages. Finally, CEAP can replace, repair and/or retrofit inefficient heating and/or cooling systems for eligible applicants.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident OF Jim Hogg County, Starr County and Zapata County, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs and your household’s annual income before taxes must not exceed $12,762 if one person lives in the household; $17,112 if two people live in the household; $21,462 if three people live in the household; $25,812 if four people live in the household; $30,162 if five people live in the household; $34,512 if six people live in the household, $38,862 if seven people live in the household; or $43,212 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,350 for each additional person in the home.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program/Weatherization Assistance Program (LIHEAP-WAP)

The Weatherization Program is designed to help low-income people, particularly the elderly and handicapped. Overcome the high cost of energy through the installation of weatherization or energy conservation measures – at no cost. The South Texas Development Council is not a Home Repair Program.

The Weatherization program allows for repairs that reduce utility costs and address the infiltration of air into either owner-occupied or renter-occupied housing units. Items such as insulation in the attic, walls and floors; calking; weather stripping; replacement of exterior doors and/or windows; repair or replacement of heating and / or air conditioning units and storm windows are eligible activities. These services are available to qualified residents of the following counties: Jim Hogg, Zapata and Starr Counties.

The WAP provides trained inspectors to evaluate the needs of each home and suggests measures to make the home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all of the time.

How does the program work and who is eligible?

The program consists of 4 steps:

  1. An Application to determine income eligibility.
  2. An energy audit of the home by a professional inspector.
  3. Installation of certain measures. For example: attic/wall insulation, and replacement or repair of heating and air conditioning equipment.
  4. A final inspection to assure work quality completeness and customer satisfaction.

Eligibility

Eligibility is based on household income. It cannot exceed 125% of low-income guidelines. Also an applicant may be income eligible, but the home may not if any of the following applies:

  1. Poor electrical wiring, or knob and tube wiring
  2. Foundation problems
  3. Roof leaks
  4. Plumbing problems

CEAP and WAP are not “entitlement” programs

  • Program funds must be available;
  • One must apply for assistance and qualify;
  • The assistance is not limitless; and
  • The assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis.