Assistance from City of Fort Worth, Community Action Partners.

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.

Emergency financial aid and utility assistance

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. Find other ways to get help paying water bills.

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. Both tenants and homeowners may qualify for support. Find a list of emergency rent assistance in Tarrant County.

 

 

 

 

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.

Too many residents in Tarrant County lack health or dental insurance. There are free clinics in Fort Worth Texas as well as nearby towns in the county. Everything from flu shots to dental cleanings, immunizations, referrals to Medicaid and other health care needs can be addressed. As one priority, find a list of assistance programs for dental bills.

 

 

 

 

Food and basic needs from City of Fort Worth, Community Action Partners

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 (including free toys or gifts) 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.

Senior citizens in Tarrant County sometimes need help, especially when their is a medical issue. it can be costly to pay for medications or equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, and the like. The Tarrant County Community Action Partners will offer assistance when possible. Find how to get free medical equipment.

Locations of City of Fort Worth, Community Action Partners

  • North Tri-Ethnic, 2950 Roosevelt Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76106
  • Northside office, 1100 NW 18th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76164
  • Far Northwest, 920 Roberts Cut Off Road, River Oaks, TX 76114
  • Como, 4900 Horne St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • Worth Heights, 3551 New York Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76110
  • Southside, 959 E Rosedale St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
  • Andrew "Doc" Session, 201 S Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76111
  • Martin Luther King, 5565 Truman Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76112
  • Far Southwest, 1601 E Lamar Blvd #201, Arlington, Texas 76011

 

 

 

The main administration office is at 4200 S. Freeway, Suite 2200, Fort Worth, 76115, 817-392-5790. Various referrals and intake services are available in all of Tarrant County. Whether low income, an immigrant, Spanish speaker or otherwise struggling, assistance is available.

 

By Jon McNamara

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