Hill Country Community Action Association.

The non-profit Hill Country Community Action Association, or HCCAA, offers a host of services to qualified individuals and families. The center provides coverage to several different counties. Assistance administered can address education, housing, energy bill assistance, nutrition and much more. The information provided by the organization will assist low income families in obtaining any benefits and assistance that is available.

The Head Start Program will offer families and their children the opportunity for early childhood education. It is available for children from low income families that are age 3 to 5. All families and households that apply need to meet the federal government low income requirements. Disability, dental care, nutritional, and medical services are a few of the resources available to applicants.

Staff and teachers from the program also collaborate closely with families to ensure that everything learned at the facility and schools is implemented in their home. In other words, active parent involvement is a requirement.

Assistance for seniors is available in the counties of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Milam, Mills, and San Saba Texas. The regional Hill Country Community Action Association and its partners operate several senior centers. They may be able to provide comprehensive services to individuals ages 60 and above as well as their spouses.

Some of the services for seniors in the region include, but are not limited to, outreach, nutrition, and general counseling. Outreach participants will need to undergo a pre-assessment screening to identify eligibility for any in-home services. In addition, nutritional hot meals are offered at several Seniors Centers and Nutrition Sites located in the nine core counties. The Area Agencies on Aging, Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) caseworkers determine the eligibility for in- home delivery of hot nutritional meals to disabled persons.

Child care assistance programs are arranged by the Hill Country Community Action. The organizations has partnered with the Central Texas Workforce Board to assist low income families with paying for child care while the parents are working or in job training. The agency also makes social services and much more available to the participants. Applicants interested in obtaining child care service may contact the Killeen Workforce Center at 1-888-816-8970.




Community outreach and basic needs can be met. Persons in need of food assistance, medical benefits, financial assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), long term care, or other government assistance may apply for benefits at the HCCAA Multi-Service Senior Center, Head Start location and other social services agencies in community. One on one sessions and assistance with the completion of the application is available to those who need it. Contact one of the many facilities listed below, including in Bell County Texas, for more information.

Energy bill assistance is for low income households experiencing an energy crisis. This can assist with paying their utility, gas, and electric bills. Low income families may be able to get help from Hill Country Community Action Association when they have no other options available to them.

Assistance is also offered during extreme weather conditions. This financial aid is usually available when the households expenses exceed the income generated by the family. Crisis assistance may also be offered for utilities when there is a threat to the well-being of a member of the household or if they have an elderly, disabled or children under the age of 5.

The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is the state’s version of LIHEAP. It can also help with paying utilities. Other resources in the region include the ATMOS Share The Warmth as well as TXU-Energy Aid for electric bills.

The EASY Audit weatherization program is used to assess homes, which can then lead to them receiving updates. This will then lower their energy consumption. It provides insulation, door and window caulking, heating and cooling systems repairs and more. Clients of HCCAA can also get instructions on health and safety. All of this, and more, is provided to the eligible applicants. They may even get free carbon monoxide detection and smoke detector installation.

Affordable housing

Resources are offered in partnership with other agencies. The Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) as well as HCCAA have provided affordable housing for the poor and low- to-moderate income households. The organization has also partnered with the City of Killeen Texas to develop affordable housing with the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits.





Killeen Stone Ranch Apartment Homes are for residents age fifty-five and above. They may be provided the opportunity to enjoy affordable housing in the City of Killeen. The community also offers participants over 100 single story, spacious units. A number of amenities are even available to those seniors that qualify. (254) 200-4553.

The Veranda at Twin Creek is another option. This will provide almost 90 residential facilities. These are also offered for individuals age 60 and over. Onsite support services and social gathering settings, as well as other activities, are provided to those that reside there. Call (254) 200-4533.

The main Hill Country Community Action Association, Inc. (HCCAA) offices are below.

Bell County

  • Belton Center 842 S. Mitchell, Belton, TX 76513, telephone 254/939-1170
  • San Saba Center 705 E. Storey, San Saba, Texas 76877, 325/372-5833
  • Killeen Center 916 Rev. R.A. Abercrombie Dr. Killeen, TX 76543, 254/699-8888
  • Lampasas Center 901 S. Liveoak, Lampasas, TX 76550 call 512/556-2550
  • Temple Senior Services 15 N 2nd St. Temple, TX. 76501, 254/778-4221
  • Llano Center 1110 Berry St., Llano, Texas 78643, 325/247-4662

Coryell County

  • Gatesville Center 208 N. Lutterloh, Gatesville, TX 76528, dial 254/865-8234
  • Mason Center 505 Moody, Box 992, Mason, Texas, 325/347-6242
  • Copperas Cove Center 1012 North Drive Suite 4 Copperas Cove, TX 76522

Hamilton County

  • Hamilton Center, 101 East Henry, Box 305, Hamilton, Texas 76531, call 254/386-3676
  • Hico Center, 411 N. Mesquite, Box 305, Hico, TX  76457

Lampasas County

  • Lampasas Center, 901 S. Liveoak, Lampasas, TX 76550, call 512/556-2550

Llano County

  • Llano Center, 1110 Berry St., Llano, Texas 78643, call 325/247-4662




Mason County

  • Mason Center, 505 Moody, Box 992, Mason, TX 76856,  main phone 325/347-6242

Milam County

  • Rockdale Center 765 Green St., Box 998 Rockdale, TX 76567 512/446-2666
  • Hamilton Center 101 East Henry, Box 305 Hamilton, Texas 76531 Phone 254/386-3676
  • Hico Center 411 N. Mesquite, Box 305 Hico, TX 76457
  • 101 East  Henry, Box 305 Hamilton, TX 76531 Phone / Fax : 254/386-3676

Mills County

  • Goldthwaite Center 2110 Priddy Rd., P. O. Box 812 Goldthwaite, Texas 76844, 325/648-3122

San Saba County

  • San Saba Center, 705 E. Storey, San Saba, TX 76877, call 325/372-5833


By Jon McNamara

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