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CARE/FERA Program

What to Expect

  • Find out if you qualify
    • Apply
       
      • Get approved & start saving!
         
        • Post-Enrollment Verification
          (for select applicants)
           
          • Re-enroll every 2 years

CARE and FERA Can Reduce Your Monthly Bills

Everyday expenses affect some households more than others. Fortunately, there are two programs that may lower your energy bills:

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) reduces energy bills for eligible customers by about 30%.

Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) reduces electric bills for qualified households by 18%.

Both programs have the same application.

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Two Ways to Find Out if You Qualify TEST

Option 1: Public Assistance Programs

You can qualify for CARE if you or someone in your home participates in at least one of these public assistance programs:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • CalWorks (TANF)/Tribal TANF
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  • LIHEAP
  • Medi-Cal/Medicaid
  • Medi-Cal for Families (Healthy Families A&B)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • WIC

Option 2: Household Income

You can also qualify for CARE or FERA if you meet the income requirements. Answer the question below to find out.

How many people are in your household?





Household Income for 1-2 People

As of June 1, 2019

CARE

Up to $33,820

FERA

Not Eligible

Household Income for 3 People

As of June 1, 2019

CARE

Up to $42,660

FERA

$42,661 - $53,325

Household Income for 4 People

As of June 1, 2019

CARE

Up to $51,500

FERA

$51,501 - $64,375

Household Income for 5 People

As of June 1, 2019

CARE

Up to $60,340

FERA

$60,341 - $75,425

Household Income for 6 People

As of June 1, 2019

CARE

Up to $69,180

FERA

$69,181 - $86,475

Household Income for 7 People

As of June 1, 2019

CARE

Up to $78,020

FERA

$78,021 - $97,525

Household Income for 8+ People

As of June 1, 2019

CARE

8 people: Up to $86,860
Each extra person: +$8,840

FERA

8 people: $86,861 - $108,575
Each extra person: +$8,840 - $11,050
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Need help?
Call a customer service representative:
1-800-447-6620

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If You’ve Already Enrolled

Recertification

Did you receive a recertification notice in the mail? CARE and FERA participants must re-enroll every two years.

Post-Enrollment Verification

As a CARE program participant, you may be asked to verify that you are eligible.

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Additional Information

Sub Metered Tenants

Are you an income-qualified tenant in an apartment building, mobile-home park, residential RV park, or marina who is billed through your landlord?

 

Non-Profit Living Facilities

Find out if your tax-exempt group living facility—such as a homeless shelter, hospice, or women’s shelter—qualifies for CARE.

Apply by Mail >

Capitation Fee Program

Are you a representative of a non-profit looking for information about our CARE and FERA sign-up reimbursement program?

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California LifeLine Program

If you're receiving an energy bill discount through the CARE program, you may qualify to receive a discount on your phone services through the California LifeLine Program. To learn more, call 1-877-858-7463.

Do You Qualify for a Free Solar System?

You may qualify for a free home solar system if you own your own home and meet the income requirements of the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program. SCE offers this option through GRID Alternatives. Learn more >