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Grayson County assistance programs.

Get help with bills and housing expenses

Struggling families and individuals can get assistance from the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG), which is a voluntary organization of local governmental units that provides local people with numerous resources to make it thru a difficult period and will help them pay bills and expenses. Phone 903-813-3510.

Grayson County Rent assistance / Family Self-sufficiency program

They offer a low rent housing voucher program that will also include a self sufficiency program and direct cash grants to help pay rent. Aid is available in Fannin and Grayson counties Texas. Counselors can also work one on one with homeowners in the area to find a solution to their personal housing crisis.

Utility bill assistance

Services from this program include the co-payment of utility bills for a specific period of time while also helping families with ways to conserve energy. Some of the other services offered also include a case management program that helps people get back on their feet over the long term, and can also provide some short term assistance with the cost of expenses such as transportation, education, and childcare bills. Case managers can direct individuals to energy bill programs in Texas as well, which are offered directly by power and utility companies.

The utility assistance program may pay a single utility bill or several, depending on the applicant's situation and immediate need. Sometimes someone may just need one bill caught up and then they're back on their feet again, or other times, in particular for folks who may be on a fixed income, they are able to make two or three payments for them to help get things back under control.

The Weatherization program

This will provide either renter or owner housing units with improvements or upgrades that will reduce the homeowners or renter utility costs. Some of the improvements that can be undertaking include insulation in the walls, attic, and floors; replacement of exterior doors and/or windows, caulking, weather-stripping,  repair or replacement of heating and/or air conditioning units and the insulation of storm windows.





Emergency assistance for energy costs in Grayson County

The community action agency also process applications for CEAP, which is the state of Texas version of LIHEAP. This program can pay a household’s utility bills and also provide for free weatherization services. A focus is on the elderly and households with your children in Sherman and Grayson Texas. Read more.

Senior programs

Retired individuals, senior citizens, and the elderly have access to one one more of the following programs and services. They include Benefits Counseling, Caregiver Program, Foster Grandparent Program, Elder Watch Home Care Management, Money Management Program, Home By Choice (Nursing Home Relocation Program). Faith in Action Volunteer Caregiver Program, Grandparents/Relatives as Parents, Guardianship Program as well as Medication Assistance Program.

To learn more on these resources, call Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) at 903-813-3510.

Basic needs, including financial help, food or referrals

Non-profits in Sherman and Grayson County provide everything from free food to applications to government grants for housing or rent, SNAP food stamps, and even clothing. Much of this is provided from referrals from the staff at a local pantry, but each location is focused on helping the working poor.





Over 10 food banks/clothing closets often try to provide this form of support. Or they will link the family to a charity to contact for help. Read Grayson County food pantries.

Sherman Salvation Army center - This location will help vulnerable families. Many social services are arranged for low income families in Grayson County, with a focus on case management. Depending on funding levels, the programs are as follows.

Free food may be provided from a pantry, and there are also hot holiday meals. Volunteers also donate free toys, school supplies, and other basic needs items to provide children at the Christmas holiday or school season. Case managers will also help clients apply for financial help, such as loans for utilities or rent costs. Other services may include summer camp for kids, emergency shelter, school supplies, support for immigrants in the county, and information on job placement. More on Salvation Army services in Grayson County.




By Jon McNamara

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