Now, more SoCalGas customers are eligible to take part in these state-sponsored, money-saving, no-cost customer assistance programs as a result of updated income guidelines that went into effect on June 1, 2015.
The CARE program provides a 20 percent rate discount on the monthly natural gas bill for eligible households and has already enrolled over 1.5 million customers throughout the SoCalGas service area. Those who qualify and are approved within 90 days of starting new gas service will also receive a $15 discount on the Service Establishment Charge.
Energy Savings Assistance Program:
This program provides no-cost, energy-efficient home improvements to income-qualified renters and homeowners. Services include:
Door weather-stripping and caulking to keep unwanted drafts out of the home;
Attic insulation to help the home stay cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter;
Low-flow showerheads that can save energy used to heat water;
There are two ways customers can qualify for the CARE and Energy Savings Program (see below chart). Customers may automatically be eligible if their household income is below the new guidelines or a household member currently receive benefits from any of the following public assistance programs: Medi-Cal/Medicaid, Medi-Cal for Families A&B, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), CalWORKs (TANF) or Tribal TANF, Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only), Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, CalFresh (Food Stamps), National School Lunch Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). More customers can now qualify for these programs. As of June 1, 2015, the new CARE and Energy Savings Assistance Program income guidelines, based on pre-tax annual income, are as follows: