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We Care: CARE & FERA

Apply for Assistance

Need relief? Through the CARE and FERA programs you could be eligible for a monthly discount on your bill.


If you’re having trouble making ends meet, you might be eligible for a rate program that could help you save on your electricity bill. We offer the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs to provide our income-qualified customers with much-needed bill relief.

Do You Qualify?

If you’re thinking of applying for CARE bill assistance, you can easily see if you’re eligible. There are two ways to qualify.

  1. You can qualify for CARE if you or someone in your home participates in at least one of the eligible public assistance program listed below.

    • Medi-Cal/Medicaid
    • CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps)
    • CalWorks (TANF)/Tribal TANF
    • WIC
    • Healthy Families A& B
    • LIHEAP
    • SSI
    • National School Lunch (NSL)
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  2. You can also qualify for CARE or FERA if you meet the income guideline qualifications listed in the chart below. Already enrolled? Make sure you still qualify in the chart provided below.
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Maximum Household Income
Effective January 1, 2014
Number of Persons in Household Total Combined Annual Income CARE Total Combined Annual Income FERA

1 to 2

Up to $31,020

Not Eligible


Up to $39,060

$39,061 - $48,825


Up to $47,100

$47,101 - $58,875


Up to $55,140

$55,141 - $68,925


Up to $63,180

$63,181 - $78,975


Up to $71,220

$71,221 - $89,025


Up to $79,260

$79,261 - $99,075

Each additional person


$8,040 - $10,050

Income-Qualified Individuals

If your home has its own meter, and you meet income qualifications you can apply online, download application or large-type application for easy reading.

Income-Qualified Individuals Apply Now

Sub-Metered Tenants

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

Apply NowSub-Metered Tenants

Sub-Metered Tenants Learn More

Non-Profit Living Facilities

Find out if your tax-exempt group living facility, homeless shelter, hospice, or women’s shelter qualifies for CARE, and apply for assistance.

Non-Profit Living Facilities Learn More

Capitation Fee Program

Are you a non-profit interested in learning more about our Capitation Fee Program? We can help.