Apply for CARE

Please contact your utility company or check out their websites to request an application form and receive more information. The utilities we regulate are:

Phone Numbers and Websites for Energy Assistance Programs

Utility

Emergency Payment

Website

PG&E

866-743-2273

PG&E CARE

Edison

866-675-6623

Edison CARE

SDG&E

800-411-7343

SDG&E CARE

SoCalGas

800-427-2200

SoCalGas CARE

Alpine Nat’l Gas

209-772-3006

Alpine Programs

Bear Valley Elect

800-808-2837

Bear Valley CARE

PacifiCorp

888-221-7070

Pacific Corp CARE

Liberty Utilities

800-782-2506

Liberty Utilities CARE

Southwest Gas

877-860-6020

Southwest CARE

West Coast Gas

916-364-4100

West Coast CARE

Application forms also are available through many community agencies. CARE is funded through a rate surcharge paid by all other utility customers. These income limits may be adjusted each year depending on inflation.

Qualifications

If your total household income is at or below the income limits below, you are eligible for the CARE program. Income limits are effective June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022.

CARE Income Guidelines

Household Size

Income Eligibility Upper Limit

1-2

$34,840

3

$43,920

4

$53,000

5

$62,080

6

$71,160

7

$80,240

8

$89,320

Each Additional Person

$9,080

You may also be eligible for CARE if you are enrolled in public assistance programs such as:

  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal

  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

  • Healthy Families A & B

  • National School Lunch’s Free Lunch Program (NSL)

  • Food Stamps/SNAP

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Tribal TANF

California has a Low-Income Oversight Board (LIOB), which was established by the Legislature to advise us on the energy low-income assistance programs of utilities under our jurisdiction.