By: Tony Tartaglia
Southern California Gas Has Programs that Keeps You Warm
Many people are struggling during these tough economic times.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the Gas Assistance Fund (GAF).
GAF was launched in the winter of 1982 as a voluntary effort to help customers respond to financial emergencies. This program is supported by generous donations from SoCalGas employees, its shareholders and customers like you. Gas rates are not affected by the funds matched by the company.
Friends and neighbors like you
“We know that in tough economic times, it’s the friends and neighbors like you who make the difference,” says Hal Snyder, Vice President of Customer Solutions at SoCalGas. “Your contributions to this program help less fortunate members of our communities – like the elderly, disabled or newly unemployed – have peace of mind and a warm home. Won’t you join me and the employees and shareholders of Southern California Gas Company help others in our communities stay warm this winter by donating to the Gas Assistance Fund? We thank you, in advance for helping to improve the quality of life for friends and neighbors in our communities.”
Each year, this fund, which is administered by The United Way of Greater Los Angeles, helps thousands of families who are having financial difficulty to pay their gas bills.
Make a difference
Helping those in need this winter is easy. Simply make a Tax-deductible donation online by visiting socalgas.com/donate. You can also make a check payable to United Way Gas Assistance Fund, and mail your tax-deductible donation to:
United Way Gas Assistance Fund
Los Angeles, CA 90074-6826
Or, if you need help from GAF, contact United Way.
If you need help
Besides GAF, there are many programs SoCalGas has in place to assist you. These programs include:
CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) program provides a 20% discount on the monthly gas bill for eligible households. In addition, those who qualify--and are approved within 90 days of starting new gas service--will also receive a $15 discount on the Service Establishment Charge. You will receive your discount once your completed application is approved by SoCalGas.
Medical Baseline Allowance
Medical Baseline Allowance provides additional gas usage to be billed at the baseline rate, which is the lowest for residential customers. It is not a discount or rebate. If you have a qualifying medical condition, you can qualify for the Medical Baseline Allowance. To qualify, you or a full-time resident of your home must require a sustained level of heating due to one of the following conditions:
• Paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia, multiple sclerosis or scleroderma;
• A compromised immune system or a life threatening illness;
• Any other condition for which additional heating is necessary to sustain the person’s life or prevent deterioration of the person’s medical condition.
You can apply for Medical Baseline Allowance even if you are billed for your natural gas by your landlord. The landlord will reflect the allowance on your billing statement. A doctor’s certification is required.
Energy Savings Assistance Program
SoCalGas also offers an Energy Savings Assistance Program that features no-cost energy-saving home improvements and furnace repair or replacement services* for limited-income renters and homeowners. Services include:
• Attic insulation
• Door weather-stripping
• Water heater blankets
• Faucet aerators
• And more
To learn more about SoCalGas’ many programs that can help you, your family or friends, go to socalgas.com or call 1-800-427-2200.
*Homeowners may also be eligible to receive furnace and water heater repair or replacement services when existing natural gas units are deemed inoperable or hazardous.
Tony Tartaglia, Public Affairs Manage, Southern California Gas Company