DECEMBER: Energy, Telephone, Utilities

When families stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, they reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire, or eviction), especially for more vulnerable family members like infants and the elderly. Also, spending less money on phone service and utilities can free up money for other necessities like food, transportation and medical care.

WIC Can Help connect WIC families to financial assistance with utility bills – energy (electricity and natural gas), water and telephone service – as well as saving energy to reduce costs.

What Local Agencies Can Do:

  1. Become familiar with the assistance and information programs listed below.
  2. Refer families to websites and/or phone numbers for the assistance they may need.
  3. Order and distribute free materials, when available.

Help with Paying Utility Bills

Help with Reducing Utility & Phone Rates

Help with Reducing Home Energy Use

  • Energy Savings Assistance Program
    The CPUC provides no-cost weatherization services (such as attic insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and weatherstripping) to low-resource households.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
    Weatherization, the process of making homes more “air tight” and energy efficient, helps families be more comfortable and save money. To determine eligibility, check the WAP Income Guidelines, and/or call 866-675-6623 for help in finding your local provider.

General Help and Information

  • Call 2-1-1 for free and confidential information and referral about help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more, or go to the 2-1-1 website and search by zip code or state and county.
  • Community Services and Development (CSD)
    Utility Assistance Call Center (866) 675-6623
    The State agency responsible for many of the programs listed above.

HEALTHY FAMILIES...STRONG COMMUNITIES...BRIGHT FUTURES!

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