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There are a number of programs available currently that are aimed to assist utility customers with balances or past due amounts on their bills. Navigating these programs can seem intimidating at times, so we've created this resource with simple instructions and easy to follow steps to determine which programs you may be eligible for, what the available relief is, and how to apply.


Oceanside Ratepayer Relief Program

Who is Providing Relief: The City of Oceanside

Eligibility Requirements: Past due balance on City Utility bill; Proof of financial impact during pandemic or prior approval in other Public Assistance Programs

Amount of Relief Available: Single Family Residential up to $300, Commercial up to $500

Where to Apply: Online Application Webpage

Program Website: Oceanside Ratepayer Relief Program


County of San Diego Emergency Rent & Utilities Assistance Program

Who is Providing Relief: County of San Diego

Eligibility Requirements: Household income at or below 80% AMI; Must be a residential renter; Proof of financial hardship

Amount of Relief Available: Up to 100% of unpaid rental and/or utility debt since April 1, 2020; 

Where to Apply: Online Application Webpage

Program Website: Emergency Rent & Utilities Assistance Program


SDG&E CARE & FERA Programs

Who is Providing Relief: San Diego Gas & Electric

Eligibility Requirements: Prior acceptance in one of several Public Assistance Programs; OR meet the income guidelines

Amount of Relief Available: 30% or 18% off of monthly utility bill

Where to Apply: Online Application Webpage

Program Website: SDG&E CARE & FERA Website


Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Who is Providing Relief: Campesinos Unidos Inc (Using federal funds)

Eligibility Requirements: San Diego County Resident; Low-income household, not to exceed 60% of State Median Income Level

Amount of Relief Available: Utility bill balance, depending on income, household size, place of residence, and other factors

Where to Apply: Must call local provider at (619) 391-9790 (M/W only, 8-1130 or 1-3). Call state helpline for questions outside of those hours at (866) 675-6623 

Program Website: LIHEAP Website


LANDLORDS - County of San Diego Emergency Rent & Utilities Assistance Program

Who is Providing Relief: County of San Diego

Eligibility Requirements: Verification of ownership; Rental Agreement or other supporting documents

Amount of Relief Available: Up to 100% of unpaid rental and/or utility debt since April 1, 2020; 

Where to Apply: Landlord Online Application Webpage

Program Website: Emergency Rent & Utilities Assistance Program