Financial Assistance

If income issues are making it hard to make ends meet, there are several California state program resources that might help. Financial assistance programs range from help with paying bills to grants for energy efficiency upgrades and electric vehicles.

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HELP WITH ELECTRICITY BILLS

If You’re Late with Electricity Bill Payments

If you are behind on payments for electricity or gas bills, you may be eligible for debt forgiveness through the Arrearage Management Plan (AMP). AMP is a new state program that offers debt forgiveness when payments are paid on time. It is a statewide program administered through PG&E.

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ONE-TIME BILL ASSISTANCE

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

This state-funded program offers assistance to eligible low-income households (both renters and homeowners) with payment of utility bills, weatherizing homes, and energy-related repairs.

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Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH)

This donation program gives income-qualified customers financial assistance during times of hardship. REACH provides a single energy credit each year for up to $300, based on a past due bill.

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MONTHLY DISCOUNT PROGRAMS

California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE)

Did you know that Yolo County is one of the top 10 counties in CA with most eligible customers not enrolled in CARE? This State program offers a monthly discount of 30%-35% on electricity and 20% on gas. It’s a statewide discount program administered by PG&E for customers who qualify through income guidelines or are enrolled in select public assistance programs.

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Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA)

This statewide program administered by PG&E offers an 18% discount on electricity only. This discount is for households of three or more people who meet the income guidelines.

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Medical Baseline Allowance

Medical Baseline is an assistance program for qualifying residential customers who have medical conditions that require special energy needs. Be sure to check the details—a number of devices you might not expect, such as CPAP (sleep apnea) machines, qualify!

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy Savings Assistance Program

This program provides income-eligible customers with free energy savings improvements for their homes.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE PURCHASE OR LEASE

Driving Clean Assistance Program

This program provides families with low-interest financing for electric vehicles.

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Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

This program provides grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle.

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FINANCIAL / HOUSING RELIEF

CA Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Qualified renters may access funds to cover up to 25% of their rent costs for the months of April, May and June of 2021, subject to funding availability.

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90-Day Grace Period for Mortgages

The state of California is sponsoring a 90-day moratorium on mortgage payments to borrowers who have been economically impacted by COVID-19.

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INTERNET / WIFI ASSISTANCE

Internet Subsidy

A federal initiative to subsidize high-speed internet and internet-capable devices like tablets and computers for low-income households will soon be available. The application period is expected to open in May/June 2021.

The program will offer eligible households discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal lands.

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