ASSISTANCE RESOURCES FOR BALCONES HEIGHTS RESIDENTS:
**The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has a variety of resources for residents of all ages. Visit the group at aacog.com to learn about services such as the Agency on Aging, Alamo Regional Transit, Alamo Service Connections, and Veterans Services. The group can be reached at (210) 362-5200.
**Red Cross of San Antonio offers box fans and smoke detectors to families. If your home does not have air conditioning or operating smoke detectors, please call the Balcones Heights Fire Department, (210) 957-3140.
**Meals on Wheels San Antonio aspires to nourish lives, enable independence, and care for seniors through its programs. MOWSA is looking to identify and serve meals to neighbors who qualify in unincorporated Bexar County, Alamo Heights, Balcones Heights, Elmendorf, Grey Forest, Helotes, Kirby, Leon Valley, Live Oak, Schertz, Somerset, Universal City, and Von Ormy. With the support of the Bexar County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Meals on Wheels is able to provide more meals in our community. To learn more, visit mowsatx.org or call (210) 735-5115.
**The Warm Hearts, Warm Homes program is a locally funded project that delivers a free space heater to low income seniors or elderly veterans who have no safe source of heat inside their homes. The program is limited to low-income seniors and veterans residing in the 13-County AACOG service area. To qualify, persons must be over 60 years of age, within certain income guidelines. The recipient must also have no current, safe means of heating in their home, or the existing heating source is not working. A stove or oven is not considered a safe and adequate source of heating a home, and this regularly leads to numerous fires and casualties in our community. For more information, please contact the Alamo Service Connection at (210) 477-3275.
**The Community Resources Division of the Bexar County Economic & Community Development receives funding from the State of Texas to offer financial assistance to income-eligible Bexar County residents for electric and natural gas utility bills. This assistance is designed to prevent utility disconnection and to assist households controlling energy costs through education. Visit bexar.org/ecd to apply online or call (210) 335-3666 to see if you qualify for one of the Utility Assistance programs.
**The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. Benefits include discounts on services and purchases through a participating provider. To learn more, visit fcc.gov/acp or call toll-free (877) 384-2575.
***The Texas Homeowner Assistance Fund Program aids homeowners in Texas having trouble paying mortgages and related fees. The program will provide up to $40,000 in mortgage assistance and up to $25,000 in property tax assistance. To qualify for the program, the household gross income must not be more than 100% of the Area Mediam Income, the applicant must be the owner of the property, there must be a delinquent expense, and proof of hardship caused by COVID-19. For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit the Texas Homeowner Assistance Website or call (833) 651-3874.
**Cooling Center near our community: Granados Adult and Senior Center, 500 Freiling Dr., 78213; (210) 207-3285
**VIA Bus provides free trips to and from cooling centers during regular hours. Learn more at Via-Cooling Centers. Call (210) 362-2020 to make arrangements.