California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)

The CARE program can help you save 20 percent on your monthly gas bill.

There are two ways to qualify:

1. Public Assistance Programs

If you or another person in your household receives benefits from any of the following programs.
Medi-Cal for Families A & B
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
CalWORKs (TANF)[1] or Tribal TANF
Head Start Income Eligible - Tribal Only
Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
CalFresh (Food Stamps)
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


2. Maximum Household Income

Effective June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.
Household Size Total yearly household income not more than
1-2 $33,820
3 $42,660
4 $51,500
5 $60,340
6 $69,180
7 $78,020
8 $86,860
Each additional
*Upper Limit Calculation = 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Conditions for Participation

  • The gas bill must be in your name and the address must be
    your primary address.
  • You must not be claimed as a dependent on another person’s
    income tax return other than your spouse.
  • You must recertify your application when requested.
  • You must notify SoCalGas within 30 days if you no longer qualify.
  • You may be asked to verify your eligibility for CARE. You can view our CARE Verification FAQs here.
  • If you are recently unemployed, your household income will be calculated from the date of your unemployment[2].

Qualified Businesses

If you are operating an agricultural employee housing facility, migrant services and nonprofit migrant farm worker housing centers, or a nonprofit group living facility (homeless shelter, drug rehabilitation center, halfway house, hospice), your facility may be eligible for the CARE program.

Select the application for more information and to apply:

Mobile Home Parks and
Submetered Apartments

CARE application for residents of mobile home parks and submetered apartments that are billed by their property owner/manager:

[1] Includes Welfare-to-Work
[2] All other provisions on determining income, described above, still apply.

The CARE program is funded by California utility customers and administered by SoCalGas under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Program funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until such funds are no longer available. This program may be modified or terminated without prior notice. Eligibility requirements apply; see the program conditions for details.