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CEAP: Making summer bearable, affordable

If, as a youngster, you ever walked across a long stretch of asphalt in your bare feet on a hot afternoon, you know that Texas summers can be brutal. Most adults know better.

The summer heat here in the Lone Star State can, in fact, be a literal health hazard, especially for persons with disabilities, elderly individuals, and very young children.

That’s why TDHCA reminds income-eligible Texans that help is available through the Department’s Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (“CEAP”), administered through a network of local service providers that collectively serve all 254 Texas counties.

Many low-income households find themselves between a rock and a hot place during periods of extreme weather, unable to afford both their utility bill and their rent or mortgage.

This doesn’t even begin to account for transportation, prescription medication, and all the other monthly household expenses.

Unfortunately, it’s all too often the air conditioner that these households elect to do without. And that’s when it can become a health issue.

CEAP helps qualifying households pay a portion of their utility bills – helping them meet their immediate needs – while providing them the consumer education they need to better manage their energy use long-term.

So don’t find yourself stuck: To locate the local agency serving your county, visit the Department’s Help for Texans page and select the “Utility Bill Help” option for more information.

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