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Energy and Gas Assistance Funds Provides Utility Assistance to Families in Need
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 5, 2020

In partnership with Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company, United Way of Greater Los Angeles extends support with utility assistance as people face financial hardship from the pandemic.

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More support with energy bills is now available to people directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic due to job loss, closures, illness, or for seniors. United Way of Greater Los Angeles is partnering with Southern California Edison (SCE)  and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to administer SCE’s Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) and SoCalGas’s Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) programs designed to prevent people from falling into financial hardship. As COVID-19 puts thousands more at risk of financial insecurity, EAF and GAF have extended and increased its maximum assistance available.

Working with an extensive network of community partners, United Way of Greater Los Angeles is helping low-income families in need of utility assistance to apply for EAF and GAF.

“In these uncertain times, our struggling neighbors and communities need us now more than ever,” said Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “We are proud to have partners such as SoCalGas and SCE join us in our fight to end poverty with these critical programs.”

“We know many of our customers need help right now. That’s why we doubled the amount of bill help customers can get through the Energy Assistance Fund (EAF),”said Jill C. Anderson, Senior Vice President of  Customer Service at SCE.“We encourage customers who’ve experienced sudden changes to their income to apply for assistance through EAF or any other bill help program that SCE offers.”

“We are proud to continue to support customers facing financial hardship through the extension of our Gas Assistance Fund program,” said Gillian Wright, Senior Vice President of Customer Service at SoCalGas. “So many families are struggling to make ends meet right now and SoCalGas wants to help however we can. That is why we have increased the amount of assistance available to our customers.”

United Way of Greater Los Angeles administers the EAF and GAF programs with several community partners within our communities.

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

Southern California Edison

Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) program operates year round. If you are impacted by COVID-19, the EAF program may be able to provide you with a one-time grant in the amount of the electricity bill, not to exceed $200.00 ($300.00 for all electric accounts).

Learn more about SCE’s Energy Assistance Fund and to see if you qualify.

SoCalGas Company

The Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) program operates annually from February thru May. This year, the fund has been extended through December (or until funds are depleted). The GAF program may be able to provide you with a one-time grant for the amount of the gas bill, not to exceed $200.00.

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Learn more about the Gas Assistance Fund from SoCalGas and to see if you qualify today.

These programs are a joint effort of SoCalGas, SCE and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, administered in partnership with non-profit partner organizations throughout our region.

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