REACH and TANF Program Introduction County Welfare Directors Association of California March 12, 2010. Overview of Presentation. REACH program overview Proposed REACH and TANF program overview Alameda County pilot How to implement REACH and TANF in your county. The REACH program.
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What is the REACH Program
The REACH program was created by PG&E in 1983 to assist low-income customers with their energy
REACH is a one-time energy-assistance program sponsored by PG&E and administered through the
Salvation Army from 170 offices in northern and central California.
How is the REACH program funded?
Charitable Contributions to the program are made by PG&E, its employees and customers.
What is the REACH and TANF Program?
The purpose of the REACH and TANF program is to leverage Emergency Contingency Funds (ECF) available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on a 4:1 basis in order to provide energy payment assistance to low-income families who have experienced a non-recurrent emergency and
are delinquent on their utility bill. Under this program, eligible customers can receive a REACH credit up to $1,500.
How does the program work?
Who is eligible for assistance?
In order to be eligible for REACH and TANF assistance, each applicant must:
When can Counties can start the REACH and TANF program?
The application for non-recurring short term benefits was submitted to the federal government on February 24, 2010 and the State is waiting for approval. Counties will be reimbursed once the funds can be claimed.
- Call Leah Casey at PG&E – (415) 973-4381, LMCv@pge.com to meet with a PG&E representative and The Salvation Army
- Refer to conditions on slide 9; refer to program guidelines on slide 5
REACH and TANF Program Conditions
Because The Salvation Army provided REACH services to TANF qualifying customers in 2008, the 80% TANF-ECF funds will only be paid on the increased expenditure over the base period (FFY 2008). The Salvation Army will calculate the base amount and PG&E will provide REACH funding for The Salvation Army to cover the base
In order to cover the lag in receiving the 80% reimbursement from the County for payments made to PG&E, The Salvation Army will require a provisional payment at the time the contract is signed. The provisional payment will begin each quarter
The Salvation Army is requesting a $15 fee per application for all REACH and TANF program payments made exceeding the base expenditures. Payments will be made at the end of the quarter.
Delinquencies of CARE Customers by County ranked 1 - 48
Note: CARE Customers are at or below 200% of FPL