NETO Community Service Overview
Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) is a block grant used to provide a range of services or activities designed to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty. Such activities include attaining an adequate education, securing and retaining employment, nutrition, making better use of available income, obtaining and maintaining adequate housing, health services, and achievement of self-sufficiency, community affairs, transportation and so forth. Through the Community Action Agency (NETO) plus local resources and community participation into opportunities for self-sufficiency using case management plan.
Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is the most well-known and highly utilized program. CEAP provides assistance to eligible households to help pay the cost of energy bills and other agency related services. Benefits vary depending on the intensity level and are based on the rating tool. Households may qualify for regular CEAP assistance and/or the Energy Crisis (emergency crisis program (ECP) for natural gas, wood, electricity, propane/butane gas, and other energy related services allocation of funds is based on the percentage of households in each county compared with the state’s poverty level according to the current census data.
Who is Eligible? Eligibility for CSBG is based on the client’s willingness to achieve self-sufficiency and/or family stability eligibility for CEAP based on household’s total annual gross income, asset test, and participation in case management. The applicant household must be responsible for energy cost and/or has the energy bill in his/her name. Eligibility is also based on the household’s total annual gross income which must be equal less than 200% of the OMB poverty guidelines in effect.
Where do you apply? Applications are taken at your local NETO offices. All (7) seven counties have offices where client can apply. If you do not know your local agency you may call NETO main office at (903)537-2256.
How do you apply? Contact the main office for any appointment. You will need proof of last 30 days income for everyone in your household 18 years or older, Social Security numbers (ssn) for everyone in household, and proof that you and/or spouse is responsible for your utility bills, such as electric, gas, wood, kerosene and other related services. Also, a statement from landlord stating that your cost is not included in the rent (if renting) and that the applicant is responsible for home cost.
If you are homebound and unable to go to your local agency, contact the agency by telephone or letter. Arrangements will be made to take an application in your home or designate someone on your behalf to complete one for you. A statement from you authorizing that person to complete an application on your behalf must be submitted at the application process.