SoCalGas Announces Transition of Relocated Families to Temporary Apartment-Style Residences

Apr 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it will begin transitioning residents who chose to remain in the temporary housing program to temporary residences that feature larger living, dining and sleeping spaces, full kitchens and secure parking.  In accordance with the terms of our temporary housing plan, temporary residence apartments come ready for immediate move-in, with furnishings, linens, toiletries, and high speed internet. The move to more stable temporary residences will also help minimize the repeated moves and confusion that some have unfortunately experienced in recent months. 

Current temporary housing assignments were initially designed to be short-term. SoCalGas' original agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney, and approved by the courts, called for the relocation program to end 48 hours after the gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility was stopped. SoCalGas agreed to provide residents with more time, extending the relocation period to 8 days and 7 nights after the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources confirmed the leak was permanently sealed on February 18, 2016.

Repeated actions by Los Angeles County to extend the temporary housing program have introduced significant new uncertainty and instability for residents staying in hotels. To address the longer-term nature of the relocation, SoCalGas has secured and will directly pay for high quality apartment-style residences that have many of the same amenities as a home and long-term leases that help avoid repeated moves between hotels.

SoCalGas will begin transitioning residents currently staying in hotels between now and April 22, 2016. The first group eligible for this new relocation option will be those served by our largest temporary housing provider.

To continue in the temporary housing program, residents will be provided with a form to select a housing option. These residents must respond with their selection no later than Monday, April 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

The units are available for move-in starting immediately and residents must be moved by April 22, 2016. SoCalGas will reimburse eligible hotel and meal expenses for these residents through regular check-out time on Friday, April 22.  Accommodations for those residents will not be extended past check-out time on Friday, April 22, and SoCalGas will no longer reimburse for lodging beyond that point unless residents enroll in one of the housing options provided on the form.

In addition, because SoCalGas is now able to provide more stable and roomier housing where residents can prepare regular meals, reimbursements associated with hotel stays, including daily meal allowances, will be discontinued once residents have moved into a temporary residence.

All other residents enrolled in the temporary housing program will be promptly notified when new temporary residences are available for their housing group. In the meantime, SoCalGas will extend reservations and current meal allowances at their current locations through Monday, May 2, 2016.

About Southern California Gas Co: Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 145 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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Southern California Gas Co. is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.9 million consumers through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. Southern California Gas Co. is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy.

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