Gas Company to Aid Quake Victims


A grant program sponsored by the Southern California Gas Co. and a number of government agencies for victims of the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake will be available to qualified applicants beginning Monday, not immediately, a gas company spokesman said Thursday.

George McQuade, a spokesman for the utility company, said the Community Partnership for Earthquake Repair project will provide loans of up to “several thousand dollars” for such minor earthquake repairs as roof, window and door damage. Many applicants who saw news reports of the program have been calling the gas company before the company was ready to handle applications, he said.

CPR is the utility company’s first public/private venture, McQuade said.

Participants include the California Department of Economic Opportunities, the California Conservation Corps and the Federal National Mortgage Assn.


The project is designed to provide assistance to residents at or below the poverty level and disabled or elderly persons who have been rejected by other agencies, McQuade said.

The fund currently holds about $5 million, McQuade said.

Qualified applicants can call (800) 331-7593, beginning Monday to obtain applications.