​​EXTREME HEAT EVENT!​ ​​Excessive heat is expected across California. Extreme heat can lead to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. ​When temperatures are very high it is important to hydrate with water, find shade, wear sunscreen, and take breaks when outside. Prevent heat-related illness by staying in cool or air-conditioned places, staying connected with others, and staying informed.​ Visit Find ​​Serv​ices in Your Area to contact your Local Service Pr​ovider for assistance and resources to beat the heat, and visit Heat​ReadyCA.com for more information on how to stay prepared and safe​.​​
Winter Storm Recovery

Resources are available to Californians impacted by the series of winter storms that brought high levels of rain and snow across the state. The State of California is working closely with the federal government to coordinate assistance for individuals and businesses affected by the storms. Following a request from Governor Newsom, President Biden has declared a Major Disaster for Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz counties. Other counties may be added. A Major Disaster Declaration activates a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure. 

For information about the types of state and federal assistance that are available and how to get help, visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services webs​ite​.

Individuals in Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties who sustained losses in designated Major Disaster areas can apply for disaster assistance from FEMA:

Public Safety Power Shutoffs & Fire Recovery Resources

For information regarding what tools and resources are available for Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs, visit Respons​e.CA.Gov. This one-stop portal combines emergency response, recovery and resilience information into a single place for easy access by users, and includes local and state resources, health services, shelters and housing, preparedness information, and more. 

​Response.CA.Gov​

For information from your utility about Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), visit the links below: 

PG&E

Southern California Edison​

San Diego Ga​s & Electric​​​

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) has published a PSPS Resource Guide to help Californians impacted by power shutoffs. If you are in a power shutoff area, remember to check on your fami​ly, friends, neighbors, and especially the most vulnerable such as older adults, those with disabilities, and children. 

CHHS Public Safety Power Shutoff Resource Guide

Consumer Alert

Californians should be aware of fraudulent activity by individuals seeking to take advantage of heightened economic insecurity. Individuals claiming to represent the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or posing as representatives from utility companies are contacting people by telephone, email, social media, and text message to defraud people out of their money and personal information. The fraudulent activity involves offering CSBG funding or services in exchange for a fee, or ​by convincing constituents that their utilities will be shut off if they don't pay. Neither the State of California nor the federal government provides direct grants to individuals and will not initiate contact by phone, email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.​

​ ​Learn more about CSD Consumer Alerts​

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CONSUMER ALERT!​ ​​Californians should be on alert for fraudsters calling or texting to offer financial assistance through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Neither the State of California nor the federal government provides direct grants to individuals and will not initiate contact by phone, email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.​ ​Learn more at ​CSD Consumer Alerts.
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FLEX ALERT!​ ​​Urgent energy conservation needed: Raise your AC to 78 degrees or higher ​from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.​ - Turn off unnecessary lights & appliances - Learn more at Flexalert.​org. ​Aviso urgente para conservar energía: Ajuste su termostato a 78 grados o más desde las 4:00 de la tarde hasta las 9​:00 de la noche – Apague todas las luces y electrodomésticos grandes innecesarios – Aprenda más en Alerta “Flex” en Español. ​



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​E​xplore Ou​​​r Programs​​

LIHEAP, Workers installing AC, stove, refrigerator, clothes dryer

LIHEAP

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded progra​​​​m that offers a variety of home energy assistance for those in need. LIHEAP helps individuals and families meet their energy needs through utility bill assistance and energy efficiency upgrades. ​​​

CSBG Program, community services, charity, volunteers, elderly, disabled

​​CSBG

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funding to local non-profit and public agencies to help alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in their communities. Based on locally determined needs, CSBG agencies promote economic security through services that address homelessness, hunger, unemployment, health and nutrition, emergencies, and more.

​​LIWP, Solar panels on apartment, solar water heater, refrigerator, clothes dryer, stove, workers installing AC

LI​WP

The Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) provides low-income households with rooftop solar photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to residents. The program reduces greenhouse gas emissions and household energy costs by saving energy and generating clean renewable power​. ​

​​​​Progr​am Highlights​

LIHEAP's weatherization program provided Sandra with a more energy efficient stove.​Helping to ​Heat a Home 

LIHEAP helps ​a retiree afford to heat her home.​

Read more a​bout Sandra's story


 

Ribbon cutting ceremony at 40 Prado Homeless ShelterPartnering with the Community to Address ​Homelessness​​

The ​​​Community Action Partnership  of  San Luis Obispo County​ mobilized its community to  build a new homeless services center.​​​​​

Read more about CAPSLO's story


Dana Guzman by her doorwayLowering Utility Bills for Renters

    LIWP's Multi-Family Energy Efficiency and Renewables program helps families afford other necessities by reducing their high energy costs.

Read more about Dana's story

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CONSUMER ALERT!​ ​​Californians should be on alert for scammers ​calling or texting to offer financial assistance through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Neither the State of California nor the federal government provides direct grants to individuals and will not initiate contact by phone, email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.​ ​Lea​rn more at ​CSD Consumer Alerts.​
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