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Project BRAVO, El Paso Community Action assistance programs.

Families in El Paso County Texas that are struggling and that meet low income levels may receive help from the Community Action Program, Project BRAVO. The organization is focused on addressing poverty. Some of what may be available includes housing and rental counseling, applications to energy bill assistance and weatherization, free medications, food, and more.

The agency also will work with clients on long term self-sufficiency and employment assistance, such as job training. All of the assistance from Project BRAVO is available in Spanish as well as the community action agency helps non-English speakers.

Housing resources and programs from Project BRAVO

They operate a Housing Services group. The programs focus on ensuring there is an adequate supply of low income, affordable apartments. They are trying to stop homelessness. Counseling is offered for tenants, including referrals to programs for paying rent or the security deposit on a new home. They also operate some of their own apartment communities.

The community action agency Project BRAVO manages and owns several low income apartment complexes that are rented to working poor or struggling families. Families must submit identification, be found to income eligible, verify ability to pay the rent going forward, and have social security numbers. Case managers will also usually do background check on all members over the age of 18 years. (915) 562-4100.

The staff can help people find an apartment in the El Paso County region as well. Whether it is section 8 unit, an affordable home or apartment, or even a shelter, a number of services are offered. Project BRAVO works that way to help address homelessness. Learn more on help finding an apartment.

In addition, Project BRAVO is a federal government HUD Certified Counseling Agency. They provide homeowners and renters with free or low cost counseling services. There is assistance (including some that is financial such as loans) to clients at risk of rental delinquency, eviction or mortgage default. Other services provided include money management, first-time homebuyer counseling, pre-purchase advice, post-purchase counseling, financial literacy classes and information on reverse mortgages. Or ask about referrals to other El Paso County Texas agencies that can help pay for moving costs or security deposits.




Project BRAVO financial help and self-sufficiency

Weatherization is federally funded and available across the county and Texas. The demand is high, and interested individuals will normally be placed in a wait list and will be informed when they can apply.

The federal government Home Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is designed to help very low income residents, including the disabled and seniors, save fuel and money on their utilities. Another benefit is that it will increase the comfort of their homes.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the state of Texas, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) all pay for this program. Weatherization services are provided by community action agencies such as Project BRAVO. The agency may also have referrals to other low income energy assistance programs (CEAP) in Texas.

Although most homes in the country waste energy, different types of apartments, town homes or houses have different energy problems. Depending on the circumstances and exact condition of your residence, some of the following weatherization work may be done in El Paso County.

First, all areas of air infiltration and energy conservation will be addressed by contractors. As assessment will be performed by a highly trained Weatherization Tech and information taken will be inputted into National Energy Audit Tool. Based on that, they may perform work such as repairing windows and doors;  sealing cracks with weatherstrip and caulk; free insulation of insulating attics and walls; and window replacement. Furnaces or AC units can be fixed or replaced too.

Applications for the state of Texas Weatherization Program are taken at all the six Project BRAVO offices, so stop by or dial (915) 565-7061.

Education classes are offered by the El Paso Community Action Program, Project BRAVO. The non-profit offers English and in Spanish. GED preparation work may be available in the region. All of this is done in an effort to help students and adults become successful and ideally pass the G.E.D battery examinations.

Community Services are wide ranging and are targeted at fighting poverty. They have information on self-sufficiency, which can include job placement and financial literacy. Programs for basic needs can be available in El Paso County too, such as CEAP energy bill assistance, food stamps, TANF, and section 8.

There are also homeless and eviction prevention services, including funds for paying rent. Some local non-profits may also have zero interest rate loans for certain bills or housing costs, such as move in deposits. Project BRAVO works to both help people find an affordable home (above) as well as sustain it financially. Continue to find other assistance for renters.





Locate healthcare assistance and medication programs

A Patient Assistance Program from Project BRAVO can address the need for health care services and medical bill assistance in the region. PAP helps patients obtain, pay for, complete and submit applications to the drug manufacture companies. They can then in effect provide free and reduced priced prescription medications, nutritional supplement drinks, diabetic supplies, and even smoking cessation inhalers.

In addition to that, PAP Program also provides assistance in the form of a free eye exam or information on prescription glasses. The agency has established a partnership with an optical provider and medical facility that provides free eyewear to patients that are financially unable to obtain their eyeglasses on their own.

Other health and dental care needs can be met in El Paso Texas. Whether it is free health insurance (from the government or ACA) or other benefits, the community action agency tries to address needs. Project BRAVO provides referrals for free or low cost health clinics, hospital benefit plans, community health centers, and a wide variety of local pharmacy discount programs.

There are some affordable and/or free health insurance plans as well for the low income, unemployed, disabled and others. Everything from Medicaid to Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Obamacare to non-profits and more. Case workers can help navigate the options. Locate free health insurance in Texas.

Locations of Project BRAVO community action in El Paso

The community services from Project BRAVO can be located at the sites below. Staff at the centers can also offer referrals to all of the social services and emergency financial assistance offered by other agencies or charities in the County of El Paso.

Eastside Neighborhood Center, 11206 Montwood, telephone (915)-565-1377

Northeast Neighborhood Center, 9420 Mccombs Street, dial (915)-757-0199

Southside Satellite Office - 4838 Montana Ave El Paso Texas 79903. Main number is (915)-307-4951

2000 Texas Avenue, El Paso, TX 79901, telephone: (915) 562-4100

Upper Valley Center office is at 7000 5th Street, Room 136. Call (915) 877-7625

Ysleta Neighborhood Center, 400 S. Zaragoza. Call (915) 629-7676 for intake.


By Jon McNamara


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