Socalgas Announces $10 Million Relief Fund to Aid Customers
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced on Monday, Feb. 27, a $10 million initiative to support its customers and communities affected by the soaring natural gas prices this winter.
The company said it will provide $5 million to the Gas Assistance Fund, a program run by the United Way that offers one-time grants for income-qualified customers who need help paying their gas bills.
Another $4 million will go to the Fueling Our Communities program, a partnership with local food banks and nonprofits that has delivered free meals and groceries to thousands of Californians facing food insecurity since 2020.
The company also said it will donate $1 million to the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund, a fund that was launched in 2021 to help small restaurants with improvements, employee retention and debt management.
Many Southern California families have been shocked by their utility bills this winter due to unprecedented natural gas prices.
“This winter’s extraordinary natural gas prices, coupled with already high inflation, have been a real challenge for many Southern Californians, especially our most vulnerable, our seniors, and people facing difficult circumstances,” said SoCalGas CEO Scott Drury in a statement1.
“We are grateful for the amazing work of the United Way and the network of tireless nonprofit leaders who support our work in the community. We hope this funding will help many more of our neighbors, families and small businesses in cities and towns across Southern California this winter.”
Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom urged the federal government to investigate the recent price spike23.
For more information on the higher bills and available help, go to socalgas.com/pay-bill/understanding-your-bill/high-bills.