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California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP) Utility Assistance

Do you have any past due energy balances? You may receive a credit on your next electric bill!

Utility customers do not need to apply to receive assistance under CAPP. If eligible, a credit will be automatically applied to the customer’s bill. Energy utilities will apply for CAPP assistance on behalf of customers who incurred a past due balance of 60 days or more on their energy bill during the COVID-19 pandemic relief period covering March 4, 2020 through June 15, 2021.

​CAPP benefits will be credited to customer accounts on a rolling basis as energy utilities apply and are approved for CAPP funding. To expedite the release and distribution of CAPP assistance to eligible Californian utility customers, CSD is working closely with the state's energy utilities. There are four distinct phases of CAPP implementation that are required for energy utilities participating in the program. ​Fact Sheet

Communify utility payment assistance

The CommUnify Santa Barbara Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help those in financial need prevent service interruption or restore disconnected utility services. LIHEAP can also help families that just want to get ahead on their bills to free up funds for other living needs. Assistance payments are provided for gas, electric, oil, wood or propane services. Intake centers are located throughout the county for easy access and assistance, if needed.

Check if you're eligible based on your income

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The Santa Barbara Region of Catholic Charities covers Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The Santa Barbara County area of Catholic Charities serves communities that include Cuyama Valley, Carpenteria , Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. Since 1924, the Region has been providing hunger and homeless prevention services for low-income families and individuals throughout the communities of Santa Barbara County. The Region has three food pantries and several food distribution sites.

Other services offered include case management, financial assistance, material services and individual and family counseling services. They also offer utility payment assistance, call one of their locations using the information below to speak with a representative.

Lompoc Community Services Center
325 North Second Street, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 736-6226

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Community Services Center
609 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-7045

Santa Maria
Santa Maria Community Services Center
607 W. Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458-5034
(805) 922-2059

Get Discounts on your PG&E Bill

CARE and FERA are PG&E discount programs that help eligible customers pay their energy bills. Over 1.4 million customers are receiving a bill discount through these two programs. Simply complete the online CARE/FERA enrollment form and we’ll let you know if you’re eligible.

  • California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE). A monthly discount of 20% or more on gas and electricity. Participants qualify through income guidelines or if enrolled in certain public assistance programs.
  • Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA). A monthly discount of 18% on electricity only. Must be a household with three or more people. Participants qualify through income guidelines.



If you are seeking financial relief, you may qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with our CARE program. It only takes a few minutes to apply and no additional documentation is required.
Apply today to see if you qualify.

3CE also supports other rate assistance programs such as Arrearage Management Plan (AMP) — a new payment plan option to help qualifying residential customers reduce unpaid balances on their bills. AMP provides for up to $8,000 total arrearage forgiveness for CARE or FERA customers. Customers must be enrolled in CARE or FERA to be eligible for AMP. Customers must also owe at least $500 in arrearages, or $250 for gas-only customers, with some portion of the arrearage at least 90 days past due. NEM customers are not eligible to participate at this time.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.


The American GI Forum of Santa Maria Education Foundation was established for the specific purpose of increasing the financial resources available to needy and qualified students pursuing a higher education.  


Electrify Your Ride Incentive Program

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) is excited to share the launch of the 3CE Electric Vehicle Incentive Program for eligible customers to offset costs associated with purchasing or leasing a new or used electric vehicle (EV) in enrolled communities in the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Income-qualified customers are eligible for increased incentives. 3CE believes programs like Electrify Your Ride are an opportunity to make clean vehicles more affordable and accessible to our income-qualified community. See if you qualify below:

  • You are currently enrolled in PG&E’s California Alternate Rates for Energy Programs (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA)   – OR –
  • You are currently enrolled in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)