Financial Assistance Resources

Helpful Resources For Rent and Utility Bill Financial Assistance

The California eviction moratorium and water shutoff moratorium are set to expire on September 30, 2021. Landlords and renters who need financial assistance are encouraged to begin to look into resources and apply for programs available to assist with unpaid rent and utility bills.

Chino Hills Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA)

The City of Chino Hills Low-Income Rate Assistance program (LIRA) program offers a $10 discount on the monthly water meter charge for eligible customers. Residents who live in multi-family/multi-unit structures (i.e. apartments/condominiums), that receive water through one master meter, are not eligible for this discount. Learn more and apply online at www.chinohills.org/LIRA.

CA COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief Program

The statewide CA COVID-19 Rent Relief” program, also commonly referred to as “Housing is Key,” helps income-eligible households with 100% of rent and utilities, for both past and future amounts owed. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance. Review income eligibility and apply at housing.ca.gov or by calling (833) 430-2122.

San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership

The San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership, established with Inland SoCal 211+, helps income-eligible households with up to 12 months of both past and future rent amounts owed. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance. Review income eligibility and apply at sbcrentrelief.com or by calling (909) 327-3187.

Emergency Broadband Benefit for Discounted Internet Service

The Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount for Internet service of up to $50 per month for eligible households. Households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Enroll through a participating broadband provider, such as Spectrum and Frontier, or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company. Review income eligibility and enrollment at fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or by calling (833) 511-0311.

Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas)

There are several financial assistance programs available through SCE and SoCal Gas including payment plans, one-time assistance, and discounts for reduced energy rates. If you lost your job recently or your income has changed, you may qualify for the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs that apply to both SCE and SoCal Gas bills. Additionally, if eligible, funds from the CA COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief Program can be used for both past and future amounts owed for utility bills. Learn more about different programs available to help pay SCE bills online at sce.com/residential/assistance or by calling (800) 655-4555. For SoCal Gas, visit socalgas.com/assistance or call (800) 238-0092.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Utility Bill Assistance

The CPUC regulates privately-owned California utilities that provide energy, water, and telecommunications services. If you have fallen behind on your utility bills, the CPUC provides late bill assistance and resources to help you negotiate a payment plan. The CPUC also provides resources for financial assistance programs that can help reduce your monthly energy or phone bills. Please note the CPUC does not provide assistance with publicly owned or municipal utilities, such as utilities provided by the City of Chino Hills. Learn more at cpuc.ca.gov/consumer-support.

Please Note: The City of Chino Hills is providing this information as a public service. The City of Chino Hills has compiled this information from a variety of sources; and thus, the information provided is subject to change without notice as a result of updates, revisions, and corrections to the various programs listed.  Although every effort is made to ensure that the information is accurate; residents, businesses, and landlords are encouraged to double check all details with the official source for each program.