CSD works to reduce poverty for Californians by leading the development and coordination of effective and innovative programs for low-income Californians. CSD administers local community services and energy programs through a network of local providers and regional administrators to deliver services to low-income families, individuals, and communities. The services and programs administered by CSD help low‐income Californians achieve and maintain economic security, meet their home energy needs, and reduce their utility costs through energy efficiency upgrades and access to clean renewable energy.
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The newly established California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP) will offer financial assistance for California energy utility customers to help reduce past due energy bill balances accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic.​​

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The Low ​Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that provides assistance to eligible low-income households with the goal of managing and meeting their energy costs and immediate home heating and/or cooling needs.

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The new federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) will provide financial assistance to low-income Californians to help manage their residential water utility costs. Established by Congress in December 2020, this federally funded program will help low-income households pay down their outstanding water bills.

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The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded investment that aims to reduce poverty in the United States. CSBG is designed to provide a range of services to assist low-income families and individuals attain the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to achieve economic security.

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The Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) provides low-income households with solar photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost. One of the California Climate Investments, LIWP reduces greenhouse gas emissions by saving energy​ and generating clean renewable power. LIWP also reduces energy expenses for low-income households, strengthening their economic security.

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps reduce energy usage and costs by providing services intended to improve energy efficiency in the homes of eligible low-income households.       

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most powerful resources for​ improving the economic stability of low-to-moderate income individuals and families. ​The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and its federal counterpart provide refundable cashback credits to qualifying working Californians when they file their tax return. ​​

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