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Utility Assistance Program

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Each year thousands of local residents are helped thanks to the Utility Assistance Program. The program is comprised of the “Energy Assistance Fund” (EAF) and “Gas Assistance Fund” (GAF). These annual programs are funded through customer contributions which Southern California Edison and The Gas Company solicit in an annual campaign. The contributions received are then matched dollar for dollar by The Edison Company and The Gas Company.

United Way is the Administering Agency for both the EAF and GAF programs, and oversees approximately 80 disbursement agencies located in 11 counties. Funds are available to the agencies to provide assistance to qualified customers.  To qualify for the assistance, customers must fall within Federal income guidelines. The maximum assistance amount is up to $100.00 for GAF and up to $100.00 for EAF for regular accounts and up to $200.00 on verified All-electric accounts (verified by Southern California Edison). Assistance can be received only one-time in a 12 month period.

If you would like to apply for assistance, please call “211” for a referral to a disbursement agency in your area.

If you need more information about the program, please call Patricia Banuelos at 213-808-6257 or email her at:

2014 Current Agency Roster

Southern California Gas Company “GAF” Program:

The 2014 GAF program will begin on February 11, 2014 and will operate through May 31, 2014 or until funds are depleted. Funds are limited.

Southern California Edison“EAF” Program:

The 2013 – 2014 EAF program is a year round program operating from June 2013 – May 31, 2014 or until funds are depleted.


If you are interested in becoming a disbursement agency for the utility assistance program please email Patricia Banuelos directly to obtain further information. At  
(NOTE: all agencies operate on a volunteer basis)

You can donate by choosing one of the following:

Southern California Edison The Gas Company
Energy Assistance Fund Gas Assistance Fund

You may also contribute by mail at the following addresses:

United Way, Inc.
Energy Assistance Fund
File 56825
Los Angeles, California 90074-6825

United Way, Inc.
Gas Assistance Fund
File 56826
Los Angeles, California 90074-6826