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Energy Assistance

We want to give all people in our communities access to the electricity they need to run their homes and live their lives comfortably, regardless of their financial situation. Through community air conditioning locations, financial assistance programs, payment extensions and other payment arrangements, we do our best to support those in need.


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Beat the Heat Centers

The summer months can put a strain on anyone's electricity budget. Reliant supplies electricity to public locations throughout Corpus Christi, Dallas and Houston, where Texans looking for ways to stay cool and minimize home electricity usage can go all summer long.


Beat the Heat Centers are open during the summer months (usually June through September).

Beat the Heat Center Locations


Corpus Christi 

Oveal Williams Senior Center
1414 Martin Luther King Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
361-826-2305

Lindale Senior Center
3135 Swantner
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
361-826-2340

Hours: 8am - 4pm


Dallas

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
2922 MLK Blvd Dallas, TX 75215
214-670-8418

West Dallas Multipurpose Center
2828 Fish Trap Road
Dallas, TX 75212
214-670-6341

Hours: 9am - 5pm


Houston

Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
6719 W. Montgomery
Houston, TX 77091
832-393-4145

Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
6402 Market Street
Houston, TX 77020
713-670-2100

Magnolia Multi-Service Center
7037 Capitol Street
Houston, TX 77011
832-395-3380

Northeast Multi-Service Center
9720 Spaulding
Houston, TX 77016
832-395-0470

Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
9314 Cullen Blvd
Houston, TX 77051
832-395-0069

Hours: 8am - 6pm

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CARE Program

We all need electricity, but sometimes, making ends meet is difficult. The Community Assistance from Reliant Energy (CARE) program works with non-profit social service agencies to provide extra funds to customers who qualify for assistance with their electricity bill.

Customers who meet the agency criteria receive a one-time annual donation, funded by corporate contributions and customer donations, to help pay for electricity during difficult times. CARE is designed to help supplement what you are able to pay for electricity costs, not necessarily pay your entire electricity bill, and it can't be used to cover unreasonably high electricity consumption. 

Those looking for assistance can call 211 within Texas or contact one of the social service agencies below to find out more.

Angleton Counties Served Phone
Brazoria County Welfare Department Brazoria 979-864-1427
Arlington Counties Served Phone
Arlington Urban Ministries Tarrant 817-861-8585
Belton Counties Served Phone
Helping Hands of Belton Bell 254-939-7355
Central Texas Counties Served Phone
Bell County (Human Services/Help Centers) Bell 254-770-6842
Central Texas Opportunities Inc. Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Runnels 325-625-4167 or 1-800-625-4167
Helping Hands of Belton Bell County (within the Belton School District) 254-939-7355
Coleman Counties Served Phone
Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Runnels 325-625-4167
Corpus Christi Counties Served Phone
Nueces County Community Action Agency Nueces County 361-883-7201
Crowell Counties Served Phone
Rolling Plains Management Corporation Delta, Archer, Baylor, Clay Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Montague, Young, Wichita and Wilbarger 940-684-1571
Dallas Counties Served Phone
Arlington Urban Ministries Residents of Arlington (in Tarrant County) 817-861-8585
Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth Inc. Fort Worth (28 counties) 817-534-0814
City of Dallas Dallas 214-670-5711
City of Dallas - Housing & Community Services Dallas residents only 214-670-8416 MLK Center

214-670-6530 West End Center
Dallas County Dept. of Health & Human Services Dallas County 214-819-1815
Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Assistance Co-Op Grand Prairie residents only (in Dallas/Tarrant Counties) 972-264-8540
Network of Community Ministries North Dallas, Richardson, Garland 972-234-8880
Tarrant County Department of Human Services Tarrant 817-531-5620
Waxahachie CARE Ellis 972-923-2273
Duncanville Counties Served Phone
Duncanville Outreach Ministry Dallas 972-296-4986
East Texas Counties Served Phone
Greater East Texas Community Action Angelina, Gregg, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Smith, Trinity, Wood, Cherokee 936-564-2491
Fort Worth Counties Served Phone
Catholic Charities Diocese of Ft. Worth Diocese of Ft. Worth 817-534-0814
Tarrant County Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo pinto, Parker, Sovervell, Tarrant and Wise 817-531-5620
Galveston Counties Served Phone
Galveston County Social Services Galveston 409-770-5545
St. Vincent's Episcopal House St. Vincent's Episcopal House 409-765-2210
Grand Prairie Counties Served Phone
Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Dallas and Tarrant 972-264-8540
Houston Counties Served Phone
Brazoria County CDBG & Welfare Department Brazoria 979-864-1427
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston Galveston 409-762-2064
Fort Bend County Social Services Fort Bend 281-342-7300
Galveston County Social Services Galveston 409-770-5583 or 409-770-5803
Gulf Coast Community Services Harris 713-393-4700
Harris County Community Services Department Harris 713-696-7900
Neighborhood Centers (Sheltering Arms Senior Services) Harris 713-558-6358
Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Inc. Montgomery 936-539-9211
Sheltering Arms Senior Services Harris 713-956-1888
La Mesa Counties Served Phone
West Texas Opportunities, Inc. Andrews, Borden, Dawson, Ector, Fisher, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry and Upton 806-872-8354
Laredo Counties Served Phone
Webb County Community Action Agency Webb County 956-523-4179
Montgomery Counties Served Phone
Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, Inc. Montgomery County 936-539-9211
Nacogdoches Counties Served Phone
Greater East Texas Community Action Angelina, Gregg, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Smith, Trinity and Wood 254-756-0954
North Texas Counties Served Phone
Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation of Planning Region XI Bosque, Fall, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, McLennan 254-756-0954
North East Texas Opportunities Titus, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, Rains 903-537-2256
Rolling Plains Management Corporation Archer, Baylor, Cottle, Clay, Hardeman, Foard, Jack, Wilbarger, Witchita, Montague, Young, Taylor, Stephens, Shackleford Wichita Falls - 940-723-2261
Crowell Office - 940-684-1571
Abilene Office - 325-672-3969
Texoma Council of Governments Cooke, Fannin, Grayson 903-813-3541
Odessa Counties Served Phone
Permian Basin Mission Center Ector and Midland 432-337-0554
Richardson Counties Served Phone
Network of Community Ministries Dallas, Garland, Plano and Richardson (as part of Dallas and Collin) 972-234-8880
Rosenberg Counties Served Phone
Fort Bend County Social Services Fort Bend 281-342-7300
San Saba Counties Served Phone
Hill County Community Action Association Bee, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Milam, Mills and San Saba 325-372-5167
Sherman Counties Served Phone
Texoma Council of Governments Cooke, Fannin and Grayson 903-893-2161
South Texas Counties Served Phone
Bee Community Action Agency Bee, Live Oak, Refugio, McMullen 361-358-5530 or 1-800-358-5534
Cameron Willacy Counties Community Projects Inc. Cameron, Willacy 956-544-6411
Community Action Committee of Victoria Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria 361-578-2989 or 1-800-365-7712
Nueces County Community Action Agency Nueces 956-523-4182
Webb County Community Action Agency Webb 361-578-2989 or 1-800-365-7712
Victoria Counties Served Phone
Community Action Committee of Victoria Aransas, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goiad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca and Victoria 361-578-2989
Waco Counties Served Phone
EOAC, Planning Region XI Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan 254-753-0331
Waxahachie Counties Served Phone
Waxahachie Care Services Ellis 972-923-2273
West Texas Counties Served Phone
Permian Basin Mission Center Ector, Crane, Ward, Andrews 432-337-0554
West Texas Opportunities Inc. Andrews, Borden, Dawson, Ector, Fisher, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Upton 806-872-8354

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Payment Extensions

Under certain conditions, we allow payment due date extensions. You must call 1-866-RELIANT to request an extension. If granted an extension, you may be allowed to pay up to 20 days after your original due date. However, you will be assessed a 5% late fee and, if you received a disconnection notice, a disconnection notice fee and disconnect recovery fee.

If you received a disconnection notice, you must pay the full balance due as listed on the notice before we can reconnect service or issue any extensions. 

If you are on AutoPay, you must contact us at least three business days before your bill is due so we can deactivate your automatic payment.

If you are seriously ill, you may qualify for other options. Please call 1-866-RELIANT to discuss your situation with an agent.

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Deferred Payment Plans

In certain situations, we can arrange a deferred payment plan which will allow you to pay the balance you owe in installments along with your regular monthly bill. If you received a disconnection notice for late payment, you must call us before the disconnection date written in your notice to be eligible for a deferred payment plan. Not all customers are eligible.

On a deferred payment plan, you are typically expected to pay 50% of what you owe up front. You will pay the rest in installments along with your bill over the next few months.

If you agree to a deferred payment plan, you will not be able to switch to another electricity provider until your final payment has posted, even if you cancel service with us. You must pay your balance in full.

If approved, your current balance for electricity and late charges can be paid off in a deferred payment schedule. Amounts you owe for protection plan products (e.g., Surge Protect, AC/Heat Protect), enrollment deposits, final bills and write-off amounts cannot be included. However, if you are seriously ill, you may qualify for other options. Please call 1-866-RELIANT to discuss your situation with an agent.

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