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Assistance programs Eastland, McCulloch and Runnels County.

This region and these three counties are lightly populated, so the number of places to turn to for help with bills, debts, and other financial matters is limited. There are several charities that provide free food or clothes as well as financial assistance for electric bills, rent and more. Find financial help near you in Eastland, McCulloch and Runnels County.

Western and Central Texas housing programs are extensive. They include transitional units and emergency shelter. Families can receive basic needs as well, such as food, information on financial assistance and deposits programs, and ongoing case management. Runnels County and nearby families can use the non-profit programs. More on Western Central Texas transitional housing.

Eastland County Food Pantry is for low-income families, struggling parents, seniors and others. There will be free boxes of groceries, Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets, and hygiene supplies. The location is 105 E Olive St, Eastland, TX 76448. Or call (254) 629-2132

McCulloch County Resource Center has information on financial help, a low cost thrift store, and free vouchers or basic needs, such as clothes from the Mercantile. There are referrals to hardship grants to pay utility bills or housing. Or inquire into a free gas voucher for a job, school supplies for kids, or other basic needs. The center is at 906 E 11th St, Brady, TX 76825. Call (325) 597-2646

Community Action Grants for paying bills

The leading non-profit to call for help is the Cornerstone - Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. They fight poverty across the region. The organization was created as a non-profit corporation, and they over see several counties in the West Texas area, including Eastland, McCulloch and Runnels Texas. The agency administers numerous health and human services, as well as social programs, to low income clients. There are grants, job training, debt relief and more for the unemployed, and the working poor in the region.

  • The primary way the agency helps the struggling is through a program known as the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This can be thought of as a comprehensive, general financial assistance program as well as informational and counseling.
    • For example, CSBG can provide a limited amount of short term financial aid to deal with a crisis, or an on site counselor can direct you to other state of Texas or federal government programs that can meet your need. They may also direct you to other local charities, non-profits, food banks, and other resources. More on Texas HHS services.




  • Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is offered. People can receive help from it in one of four ways.
    • Disabled/Elderly component of CEAP is for the low to moderate income elderly and disabled that are on a limited income and can’t pay utility bills.
    • Cooling Equipment and Heating Equipment - Aid may even be offered to help clean, repair, clean, or replace inefficient cooling or heating and appliances and help people become energy efficient.
    • Energy Crisis component is for someone in a crisis and facing a disconnection. Or if you are faced with a shortage of your power source this may be able to help.
    • Co-Pay is really a payment plan or partial payment. It can help clients of Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. who have the ability to pay part of their energy bills and who are faced with a short term hardship, and eventually customers will be able to get back on track to pay their full utility bill.
  • Head Start - A free program to help children develop. Families and individuals who also participate in Head Start will also receive access to nutritional information, social services, assistance with GED preparation or other educational needs, , dental and medical screens for the children, resource referral, parenting and social skills training, etc.
  • Housing and Rent Help - Some funds from the CSBG fund may be able to help prevent evictions and deal with housing issues. At the least learn about a number of local and national based rental assistance programs. Read more on rental programs.

Call the Cornerstone (formerly Central Texas Opportunities, Inc.) at (325) 625-4167 to get more information or apply for help.


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