Aging is tough on all of us….but there is HOPE

Aging is tough on all of us….but there is HOPE

Something we all have in common, no matter what you do, is aging.  We are all getting older.  It’s how this life works.  According to the US Administration on Aging, by the year 2020, the number of adults age 65 and older is expected to jump to 73 million people, more than double its size in 2010. This increase means that one out of every five Americans will be age 65 or older, which will likely drive an increase in the demand for services from older adults and their caregivers.  On the bright side, more of us are staying healthy, living longer and working longer.  On the other hand, not many of us plan well for the inevitable…we will need some help as we age.

Transportation options, in-home personal care assistance, nutrition services such as home-delivered meals, evidence-based health programs (e.g., falls prevention or chronic disease self-management), caregiver supports, legal services, elder abuse prevention programs and much more are all things we don’t think much about until it’s time. While these services are offered in communities throughout the country, you have to know that these services exist before you can use them.

Here are a couple examples of things available as the hot weather sets in…

  1. The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is a utility assistance program designed to assist low income households in meeting their immediate energy needs and to encourage consumers to control energy costs for years to come through energy education. It provides relief to those low income elderly and/or disabled households most vulnerable to the high cost of energy for home heating and cooling from fluctuations in energy costs by providing financial assistance, paying up to six or eight of the highest bills during the year depending on whether they are considered a vulnerable household. Furthermore, it provides assistance in an energy-related crisis or during severe weather or supply shortages.

 

Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $18,210
2 $24,690
3 $31,170
4 $37,650
5 $44,130
6 $50,610
7 $57,090
8 $63,570

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,480 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Application Process

 

To apply for services, please contact the local subrecipient agency.  From a landline, call toll free at 1-877-399-8939 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The toll free number will directly connect you with the CEAP service provider in your county. Or, visit http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm and select “Utility Bill Payment Help.”

 

  1. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

Program Requirements

 

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

 

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $17,820
2 $24,030
3 $30,240
4 $36,450
5 $42,660
6 $48,870
7 $55,095
8 $61,335

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,240 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Application Process

 

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office.

For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number: 1-866-674-6327

  1. Get information about the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Most state and local governments receive federal funds to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. WAP assistance is free and preference is given to people over age 60 and households with children or people with disabilities. You must apply to determine eligibility.  Use this website to get help: https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm

If you find you need help with other services or resources for yourself, your family or an elder, please reach out and let us know what you need.  We can hook you up!

Cheers!

-Lee

 

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