Utility Assistance Programs for Southern California

Need Help Paying Your Utilities?

Since 1982 United Way of Greater Los Angeles has partnered with Southern California Edison, and SoCal Gas Company to provide utility assistance to their customers facing financial hardship. We work with non-profit agencies throughout both utility companies service territories, reaching households in need of assistance.

If you are having difficulty paying your Gas or Edison bill, please review the information below regarding each assistance program.

SoCal Gas Company

Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) program operates annually February thru May (or until funds are depleted). The GAF program may be able to provide you with a one-time grant in the amount of the gas bill, not to exceed $100.00

Southern California Edison

Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) program operates annually July thru June (or until funds are depleted). The EAF program may able to provide you with a one-time grant in the amount of the electricity bill, not to exceed $100.00 ($200.00 for all electric accounts).

How to Qualify

Both the EAF and GAF programs have the same qualification requirements as noted below:

To qualify for GAF or EAF assistance, you must meet the following requirements:

  • The gas or electric bill must be in the name of the applicant requesting assistance.
  • The bill address must be the applicant’s primary residence.
  • The applicant must meet the income guidelines listed below:
  • The applicant must be a current SoCalGas or Southern California residential customer
  • Ratepayer must reside in the home to be eligible for assistance.
  • Must fall within the Income Guidelines - Total household income from all sources must fall within the income guidelines listed in the following slide. Income for each person living in the household must be included in the total monthly/yearly income whether taxable or non-taxable, before deductions.
  • The account must not have received GAF or EAF assistance for the same program period applying.
  • The Ratepayer must be over 18 years old.

Number of people in the household

Total yearly household income* not more than

1-2

$33,820

3

$42,660

4

$51,500

5

$60,340

6

$69,180

7

$78,020

8

$86,860

For each additional person in your household, add $8,840.
* Includes current household income from all sources before deductions.

These income guidelines are effective June 1, 2019 thru May 31, 2020.

How to Locate Assistance

Non-profit agencies are located throughout the utility companies service territory. You can locate an agency by either:

Calling the County Referral Line – “211” or (800) 339-6993

Or clicking on the agency roster below

Download Roster Here

Additional Programs

In an effort to prevent homelessness, SoCal Gas and Southern California Edison are currently offering a TEMPORARY assistance program specially for recipients of “Subsidized Housing”.

Subsidized Housing Assistance will be offered until June 30, 2020 or until funds are depleted.

How to Qualify

To qualify for “Subsidized Housing Assistance”, you must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must provide proof of “Subsidized Housing”
  • The gas or electric bill must be in the name of the applicant requesting assistance.