Community Action offering help

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

Community Action Council of South Texas has received funds from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to help Duval and McMullen county residents pay their energy bills.

Households at or under 125 percent of the poverty income guidelines are eligible for assistance under the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program, effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

Priority is given to low-income households with high energy bills, households with elderly and/or disabled residents, or households with at least one child six years of age or younger. Also, priority will be given to new clients.

To qualify for assistance, residents must provide proof of the following:

Proof of income for all family members, including SSI and Social Security award letters for the last 30 days. Original Social Security card. Birth certificates. TANF/Food Stamps award letters. Proof of expenses, including all monthly bills. Most current original electric bill.

Duval County residents may contact the CACST Community Services Dept. in Benavides at 256-3921 for more information.

McMullen County residents may contact Jayne Vargas at (361) 274-3341 for more information. Appointments are necessary.

The Community Action Council of South Texas is a nonprofit agency headed by Executive Director Francisco G. Zarate, which provides a variety of health and social services to several South Texas counties.

A 25-member Board of Directors made up of representatives from Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Starr and Zapata counties governs the agency.

Ana Bazan is the CACST Duval County supervisor.