Individuals facing poverty, the unemployed, and those that are struggling can get help from the non-profit City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners. This is a leading organization that provides services across Tarrant County. Programs provided range from food, rent help to energy bill assistance and self-sufficiency. The goal of the organization and its case managers are to help residents deal with a crisis but more importantly to help them overcome their challenges and exit poverty.
Community Action Partners can help people apply for a few different federal government resources and they may also have their own funding for certain expenses.
The state of Texas Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is the local version of LIHEAP. Tarrant County Texas residents will be assisted with paying all different types of utility bills, such as electric, gas and propane. The goal is to help people avoid disruptions of their utility accounts. Not only may a grant or credit be issued, but clients can also benefit from energy and water conservation education. This will be provided to help households achieve energy self-sufficiency.
Water bill assistance is provided by donations from Fort Worth Water customers. All the money raised will be to help people pay for their bill. While not as common, there may be some occasional funding to help pay for plumbing repairs related to a pressurized leak that caused the household to increase their consumption.
Housing assistance is provided from the Tarrant County Emergency Solutions. This is for helping to pay for rent and mortgages. The community action agency may intervene to prevent families from becoming homeless by providing them emergency funds for paying their rent, security deposits or mortgage.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is available at no cost to low income and poor households. It will provide services to improve the energy efficiency of income eligible households all across Tarrant County. As part of this program, a technician will perform an energy assessment to determine which repair or service is most cost-effective and appropriate for each home. The improvement will help the Fort Worth family save money on their utilities.
When financial aid is provided by the City of Fort Worth, Community Action Partners organization, clients will normally need to participate in case management. This may include Families In Transition, or FIT. Case managers from the organization will assist low-income households and the unemployed in attaining economic and personal independence. The FIT program provides them a wide variety of services on an ongoing basis, thus reducing the family’s reliance on social services and government aid.
Several Special Nutrition Food Programs are administered. Studies show that children and students do better socially and academically when they are not hungry. Programs funded by the state of Texas and/or the U.S. Department of Agriculture provide children and the working poor with free, nutritious meals and snacks. Most of the aid will go to youth age 18 and younger in low income areas of Tarrant County.
Holiday and Christmas assistance is offered by the Silver Stars Program and Cowboy Santas Program Inc. Silver Stars will give homebound and isolated seniors and elderly with a free holiday basket of health and safety items. The Cowboy Santas Program is for low income Tarrant County families with children. The non-profit may provide them with free holiday toys, books, clothes, gifts and crafts. Both of these depend on donations from the community.
Locations of City of Fort Worth, Community Action Partners
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