If you qualify for PG&E’s Temporary Energy Assistance for Families program and you apply in time, you can get your gas and electric bill paid courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - that’s the news of the day.
I’ll note that this joint will get pro-rated if you have non U.S. Citizens in your household only applies to households made up of 100% American citizens. So, if anybody in your crew is a resident alien or is document-challenged, then no TEAF for you. The skivvy:
“Multinational households may still be eligible for program benefits at a pro-rated amount. Customers who have at least one U.S. citizen residing in the home are encouraged to complete the application.”
All the deets:
“PG&E Sponsors New Energy Assistance Program for Customers in Need
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20 — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a new energy assistance program designed to help families in need.
The initiative, known as Temporary Energy Assistance for Families (TEAF), is a one-time payment program sponsored by PG&E and administered by The Salvation Army. This program, authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), along with PG&E customers, will provide up to $1,500 to income-qualified families who are unable to pay for their energy needs due to an unplanned hardship.
“We know that in today’s difficult economic times, some of our customers may need extra help with their bills,” said Albert F. Torres, vice president of customer operations at PG&E. “We believe this new program provides the perfect opportunity to give our customers additional support during their time of need.”
Customers interested in the program are encouraged to contact The Salvation Army for program details and eligibility guidelines, or they can apply at 1-800-933-9677. They can also visit www.pge.com/TEAF. Applications for assistance will be accepted until September 21, 2010.
In addition to the TEAF program, PG&E offers a host of other programs to assist customers. PG&E’s Breathe Easy Solutions(TM) help customers manage their energy costs when life brings financial challenges or unexpected changes. Additional details, as well as eligibility requirements and enrollment instructions, can be found at: http://www.pge.com/myhome/customerservice/financialassistance/.
We can help with your energy bill. You may be eligible for a one-time bill payment up to $1,500.
At PG&E, we are dedicated to assisting customers through numerous programs and community outreach projects. We’ll help you manage your energy costs, which can be helpful when there are financial challenges or unexpected changes in your situation. Together, we can find solutions.
Temporary Energy Assistance for Families (TEAF) is a one-time payment program sponsored by PG&E and administered by The Salvation Army. This program, authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and made possible with partial funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), helps income-qualified families who are unable to pay for their energy needs due to an unplanned hardship. Federal rules apply in determining eligibility in this financial assistance. Applications will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis until program funds are depleted or until September 21, 2010.
NOTE: If you have received a 48-hour shut off notice, please call The Salvation Army at 1-800-933-9677
- The PG&E bill must be in your name.
- You must be a parent, guardian, or non-custodial parent of a child under 18 years old.
- You must provide copies of the following documents:
- Your current PG&E bill with a past due amount.
- Your current photo identification card.
- Documents* verifying U.S. legal citizenship for each member in your household.
- Documents** verifying that your total household income meets the income guidelines below.
*Examples of U.S. citizenship documentation: U.S. birth certificate, U.S. Certificate of Naturalization, or U.S. passport (first two inside pages).
**Examples of income documentation: Paycheck stubs; an unemployment insurance benefit award letter or check stub; proof of public assistance (i.e. CalWORKs); Supplemental Security Income (SSI) award letter or check stub; State Disability Insurance (SDI) award letter or check stub; current bank statement showing income deposits; or copy of your 2009 federal income tax return.
Income Eligibility Chart
|Number of persons in Household||Annual Income|
|For each additional person, add:||$7,480|
The federal government has established program guidelines and PG&E customers who meet these guidelines may be eligible. If you meet the requirements, download an application and mail it to the address below.
TEAF application (PDF, 1.1 MB) (English and Spanish)
All applications are being reviewed by The Salvation Army. Once your application has been processed, The Salvation Army will notify you with a confirmation letter. Mail your application with all documentation to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 193465
San Francisco, CA 94119-3465
We encourage you to share this information with relatives, friends, or neighbors who may also qualify. Together, we can find solutions.