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Direct Energy, LP presented a check to the Neighbor to Neighbor Fun in the amount of $453,595 for the benefit of Hidalgo County Residents for utility assistance."We serve about six percent of the eligible population with our assistance program," said CSA Executive Director Jaime Longoria. "In 2016, we served 697 families, in 2017 we served 441 families, and in 2018 we've assisted 493 families."Hidalgo County Community Service Agency promotes self-sufficiency of the low income and vulnerable households of the county by providing effective, efficient, and comprehensive services through partnerships and direct funding."This funding allows us to assist those families who may fall through the gaps and may not qualify for assistance from our state program," Longoria said. "We've been able to assist 1,500 families over the last three years alone."The amount listed is for the combined total provided to the residents of Hidalgo County over the last five years."The Neighbor to Neighbor program services all counties; there are 44 counties in South Texas, which is one of our largest network agencies," said Direct Energy Vice President Jessica Mahaffey. "We use our various resources to help those in need."Hidalgo County CSA is asking for the public's input on forums. Last forum will be held today, May 2 at the Pharr Development Research Center all from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Photo Cutline: Direct Energy Vice President Jessica Mahaffey presents check to CSA Advisory Board Chair Julian Martinez, and CSA Advisory Board member Armando Dominguez.