Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

The purpose of CEAP is to assist low-income Households, particularly those with the lowest incomes, that pay high proportion of Household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs. The program requires priority be given to those with the highest home energy needs, meaning low income Households with high residential energy use, a high energy burden and/or the presence of a "vulnerable" individual in the Household, such as child age 5 and younger, disabled person, or an elderly individual. CEAP Services include: energy education, needs assessment, budget counseling (as it pertains to energy needs), utility payment assistance, repair of existing heating and cooling units, and crisis- related purchase of portable heating and cooling units.

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Community Services Block Grant

The federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) helps fund the operations of a state Administered network of local agencies that combat poverty. This network consist of more than 1,070 agencies nationwide that create, coordinate, and deliver programs and services to low-income Americans in 99 percent of the nation’s counties. Most agencies in the CSBG network are Community Action Agencies created through the Economic Opportunity Act, a predecessor of the CSBG Act. Community representation and accountability are hallmarks of the CSBG network, where agencies are governed by a tripartite board. Because the CSBG funds the central management and core activities of these agencies, the CSBG network is able to mobilize additional resources to combat the central causes of poverty. In Texas, CSBG funds are administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The State of Texas has 45 CSBG eligible entities that cover all Texas counties.

 

Program Year 2014 Income Limits for CSBG:

 

A Community Action Agency is locally governed by a tripartite board that fully participates in the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs serving low-income communities. For private nonprofit entities, at least one-third of tripartite board membership must be democratically selected representatives of low-income individuals and families who reside in neighborhoods being served. One-third must be elected officials, holding office at their time of selection, or their representatives. The remaining board members must be chosen from “business, industry, and labor, religious, law enforcement, education, or other major groups and interests in the community served”.

 

El Aguila Rural Transit System

Was established back in the 1980’s to promote and provide professional rural Mass Transit services to the non-urbanized population, particular to those individuals whose trips are not subsidized by another funding source.

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The Elderly Nutrition Program

One of the programs under the umbrella of the Community Action Agency is the Elderly Nutrition Program. This program has been in existence for well over 20 years. It provides a warm to hot, nutritious noon meal to the elderly residents of our community. The Elderly Nutrition Program authorized under the Commissioner’s Court is intended to improve the dietary intake of participants and to offer participants opportunities to form new friendships.

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Meals on Wheels Program

The Meals on Wheels Program has been in existence for well over 40 years and proudly delivers meals to more than 300 homebound elderly or disabled Laredoans everyday.

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Self-Help Center

Office: 8116 Hwy 359 Laredo, TX 78043

Phone: (956) 728-1481 * Fax: (956) 728-1483

The Webb County Self-Help (SHC) was established in 1995, during the 74th Legislature which passed what is now known as Senate Bill 1509. Senate Bill 1509 required that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Office of Colonia Initiatives establish six(6) self-help centers in the counties of Cameron/Willacy, Hidalgo, Starr, Val Verde, Webb and El Paso.

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