Free air conditioners available for qualifying Dallas County residents--some families can get energy bill help

T. Ware

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North Texas’ brutal summer heat can last for several months. Temperatures have already reached the upper 90s, and 100 degrees in some areas. Imagine what’s around the corner—since summer doesn’t officially start until June 21.

Dallas County wants to help protect residents from the heat. Qualifying families can get free air conditioners through the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). The program also helps some residents pay their energy bills.

“Dallas County provides emergency window air conditioner units to those homes that do NOT have a functional air conditioner unit. Priority will be given to those households with the presence of vulnerable individuals such as children aged 5 years and younger, disabled persons, and/or elderly individuals,” according to the Dallas County website.

Households with at least one working A/C do not qualify for the Emergency Air Conditioner Program.

“Utility assistance is also provided to households that do not fit the priority group; however, qualifications are based on income,” per the website.

Does your family or a family you know qualify for a free air conditioner?

To qualify for an air conditioner through CEAP, the household “must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline limit.” They base it on applicants’ past 30-day income.

CEAP also serves qualifying Dallas County residents with A/C repair, utility payment, and energy education.

How to apply

To apply for the program, each household member must submit:

  • A valid identification card or driver’s license
  • Social security card
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Original electric or gas bill
  • Proof of income

Call CEAP at 214-819-1848 to schedule an appointment. Currently, you can’t apply online. When you reach a representative, ask for an appointment at an office near you.

The Texas heat can cause health concerns. Dallas County is aware of low-income households’ energy needs and wants to provide relief. If you or someone you know meets the qualifications for a free air conditioner or energy bill assistance, apply for help.

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