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In accordance with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ requirement for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Texas Government Code, Chapter 2105, Subchapter B, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is opening a public comment period and conducting four public hearings to solicit comments on the Draft 2025 LIHEAP State Plan.

The Draft 2025 LIHEAP State Plan describes the proposed use and distribution of LIHEAP funds for 2025. LIHEAP provides funding for the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

The Draft 2025 LIHEAP State Plan was presented and approved by the TDHCA Governing Board on April 11, 2024. As part of the public information, consultation, and public hearing requirements for LIHEAP, TDHCA has posted the proposed Plan on the Department’s website.

Please visit the TDHCA Public Comment Center at https://www.tdhca.texas.gov/tdhca-public-comment-center to access the Plan. The documents may also be obtained by contacting Gavin Reid at [email protected] or by phone at (512) 936-7828.

Public hearings for the Draft 2025 LIHEAP State Plan will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 5:30 to 6 p.m., Central Time, at Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, 1st Floor Conference Room, located at 221 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024, 2 to 2:30 p.m., Central Time, at BakerRipley, First Floor Education Center, located at 3838 Aberdeen Way, Houston, TX 77025.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024, 10 to 10:30 a.m., Central Time, at Northside Community Center, located at 1100 NW 18th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76164.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024, 5:30 to 6 p.m., Central Time, at West Texas Opportunities, located at 1415 East 2nd Street, Odessa, TX 79761.

The Draft LIHEAP Plan will be presented for public comment at each of the public hearings. Persons may provide comment on the Plan either through oral testimony or written testimony. A representative from TDHCA will be present at the hearing to explain the planning process and receive comments from interested citizens and affected groups regarding the Plan.

The public comment period for the Draft LIHEAP Plan will be open from April 26, 2024, through May 21, 2024, at 5 p.m., Central Time. Written comments may be submitted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Attn: Gavin Reid, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941, or by email to [email protected]. Comments are due no later than 5 p.m., Central Time, on May 21, 2024.

Any questions regarding the public comment process may be directed to Gavin Reid in the Community Affairs Division at (512) 936-7828 or [email protected].

Individuals who require auxiliary aids, services or sign language interpreters for the hearings should contact Rita Gonzales-Garza, at 512-475-3905 at least three days before the hearing so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Non-English speaking individuals who require interpreters for the public hearing should contact Rita Gonzales-Garza at 512-475-3905 or by email at [email protected] at least three days before the hearing so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Personas que hablan espanol y requieren un interprete, favor de llamar a Rita Gonzales-Garza , al siguiente numero 512-475-3905 por lo menos cinco dias antes de la junta para hacer los preparativos apropiados.