By Michael P. Neufeld
Crestline, CA – Southern California Edison has stepped up to help Hearts & Lives.
A $5,000 grant has been presented to Hearts & Lives to support community engagement and educational activities and disaster preparedness for low-income, at risk and under-served populations in the mountain communities.
Edison’s Regional Manager for External Affairs Jennifer Menjivar presented the check to Hearts & Lives Executive Director David Stuart indicating SCE was pleased to assist and looked forward to the organization’s stepped up outreach efforts.
“One of the things the grant covers,” Stuart told ROTWNEWS, “is enrollment assistance regarding SCE’s financial assistance programs like CARE and FERA. ”
One of the programs Hearts & Lives will inform clients about is the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. CARE offers income-qualified customers a discount of 20% or more off their monthly electric bill.
Stuart noted that should the CARE program not be right for a family, they may qualify for the Family Electric Rate Assistance program (FERA). This plan offers a discounted rate on monthly SCE bills for families of 3 or more who fall within the income guidelines and exceed their baseline usage by 30% or more.
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Additional programs will be explained by Hearts & Lives, according to Stuart.
“Each year,” Stuart explained, “Hearts & Lives works with about 1,300 clients. And over 90 percent of those clients fall below the federal poverty level.”
For additional information about the SCE grant and other programs offered by Hearts and Lives call (909) 338- 3222 or visit HEARTS & LIVES online.