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Energy Assistance

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that assists low income households with their heating and cooling needs, while helping protect the health and safety of the household.

 

Who is Eligible?

Priority for services are given to those households with the highest energy burden, while taking into consideration vulnerable populations such as elderly, disabled, and families with young children. Applicants must meet income guidelines.

  

Types of Assistance Available?

  • Bill Payment Assistance: Assistance is available based on household income and size, energy cost.

 

  • Energy Crisis Assistance: Assistance is available to households that are in a crisis situation; such as receiving a 48-hour disconnect notice, or service termination by a utility company. The amount of assistance is based on the applicant’s energy bill, but cannot exceed more than $1,000.

 

  • American Rescue Plan Act Energy Assistance (Limited Time Only): Assistance to reduce energy arrearages for eligible households in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of assistance is based on the applicant’s energy bill, but cannot exceed more than $3,000.

 

  • Weatherization Assistance: The weatherization program provides services designed to reduce heating and cooling costs and improve the energy efficiency of a home, while safeguarding the health and safety of the household. The program is available regardless of whether applicants own or rent, live in a house, apartment, or a mobile home.

 

 

Water Assistance

The California Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) provides financial help to eligible applicants for their residential water utility bills. The program gives a one-time benefit up to $2,000 for an eligible, low income customer’s water or wastewater bill.

 

Who is Eligible?

Priority for services are given to those households with a past due balance, while taking into consideration vulnerable populations such as elderly, disabled, and families with young children. Applicants must meet income guidelines.

How do I Apply?

To start the application process or be referred to Weatherization Program, please click Apply for Services.