AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) just launched Texas Utility Help (TXUH) to help eligible low-income Texas homeowners and renters pay their utility bills. The statewide program works to distribute funding from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).
Texas homeowners and renters may apply for Texas Utility Help if their household income is at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines and they meet other eligibility criteria. The maximum household income depends on the number of people in the household.
Full eligibility criteria are available at TexasUtilityHelp.com.
“We launched Texas Utility Help at the state level to make it easier for even more Texans to access and benefit from utility assistance programs,” said Bobby Wilkinson, TDHCA executive director. “The new program uses a streamlined online application process, so eligible Texas households can apply for energy and water bill assistance in a single form.”
Qualified applicants can receive assistance for their total past due amounts for electricity, natural gas, and propane, plus up to $2,400 in future payments. For water and wastewater assistance, qualified applicants can pay off their total past due fees and up to $600 in future costs. All prices are issued directly to the utility company on behalf of the applicant.
Texas Utility Help has over $50 million ready for Texas homeowners and renters in need. The program staff encourages applicants to apply as soon as possible while these funds are still available.
For more information and questions, the call center’s staff, Monday- Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at 855-566-2057. Help is available in multiple languages.