HEAP assists clients who are in need of help in paying their electric or gas bill. Clients determine which bill they will be assisted with. The amount of assistance is based on household income and size. Clients supply information that will be used to determine an established benefit amount which will appear as a credit on the clients’ bill. If the bill is included in the clients rent, the client receives a check in the benefit amount. HEAP may pay for a portion of the energy bill in the form of a dual or single party warrant or a direct payment to a utility company.
Our mission is to promote fair, greater and better Social, Economic, Educational and Employment Opportunities for all residents in our communities.
Our Commitment to the San Diego Community
Households can apply for LIHWAP assistance through a local LIHWAP service provider. Eligibility for LIHWAP services can vary depending on income, water system participation, place of residence, and other factors. Households whose utility payments are included in their rent may also be eligible for LIHWAP.
ECIP F\T assists clients who are in crisis of having their electric or gas service disconnected or that their electric or gas has been disconnected. Clients whose utilities are included in their rent DO NOT qualify for ECIP/FT. ECIP/FT pledges are called into the appropriate utility company indicating an application has been processed with the pledge amount to postpone or stop the pending loss of service. If the service is already disconnected utility company will be notified of clients pledge amount in order to have their services re-connected.
Weatherization services are available to home owners, mobile home owners, condo owners, as well as renters . If the applicant is a renter the owner’s authorization is required for weatherization services. Weatherization services are measures applied to a home to assist in making the home more comfortable as well as assisting in lowering the monthly electric and gas bills.
HVAC services are also available to home owners, mobile home owners, condo owners as well as renters of homes, condos, mobile homes and apartments. HVAC services pertain to hot water heaters, inside the home heaters and air conditioning units. Inside the home heaters may receive a clean and tune, repair or replacement, based on the evaluation of the heaters. The same is true of hot water heaters and air conditioning units. The ability to repair or replace any of the units is based on an assessment and available funding.
Together with the Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric, Campesinos Unidos, Inc., provides Energy Savings Assistance Programs throughout Imperial, Riverside and San Diego Counties to provide energy-saving improvements to assist families conserve energy. These improvements are provided to eligible tenants and homeowners who are customers of these utility companies within their respective areas.
This department is funded by the State of California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) through Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds. We assist low-income families/individuals in Imperial County to meet their basic needs and promote self-sufficiency.
WHAT WE DO
We partner with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to provide assistance to families/individuals that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
We partner with the Internal Revenue Service and coordinate two VITA sites. Federal and state income tax returns are electronically filed free of charge for low to moderate income working households.
Utility Bill Assistance
Funding is limited. We offer one-time assistance payment programs that help relieve our clients of energy/utility bills.