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Community Action to provide utility assistance opportunity

Hays County residents, along with those in Caldwell and Blanco County, have the opportunity to sign up for and receive utility bills with the help of Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas.

Citizens wishing to register in person have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday, May 4 from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the St. Mark’s Public Library.

“This event is just to raise awareness of our communities, the people of Hays and Caldwell and Blanco, if they need help paying for their gas or electricity bills, we have extra funding from the federal government to provide. I guess clients who qualify for assistance at a certain income level to pay their bills for up to a year, ”said Francesca Ramirez, Community Services Coordinator for Community Action.

Income is taken into account in order to qualify for assistance. People seeking help must be residents of Hays, Caldwell or Blanco County, and at least one household member must be a U.S. citizen.

“We adhere to 150% of the government’s poverty guidelines,” Ramirez said. So, depending on how many people are in the household, it is the income from which we have “.

Those who intend to attend the event in person should provide:

• Identity photo of all 18 years and older in the household.

• Birth certificates of all household members.

• Any proof of income from April 1 to May 10 for anyone 18 years and older.

• Electricity and / or gas current account.

“There are a lot of people who still do not know that this is available to them and this year, we have received extra funding to help residents, so we thought of holding a public event this year to try to bring in new customers,” Ramirez said.

Residents of Hays County who need help and are unable to attend the two events in person can visit the Community Action website to access an online application in English or Spanish.

According to Ramirez, she is also looking to find venues to host similar in-person events in Caldwell and Blanco counties as well. Staff will be present at the San Marcos Public Library event to provide guidance and share more information on resources provided by Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas.

“Many people do not even know we exist or have not heard of it. “So let’s hope we can spread the word about all our different parts,” Ramirez said.

Applications can take 4 to 6 weeks to process. For more information or questions, residents can contact Ramierez via email at framirez@communityaction.comor by phone at 512-392-1161 extension 309.

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