The local Community Action program provides residents with resources and services that can give them short term help paying bills and programs that will help them become self sufficient over the long term. Through the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Community Service Block Grant, they provide assistance with paying home utility bills, weatherization programs, and funding for community based organizations that all have the goal of helping low and moderate income persons move out of poverty and also help them pay bills and debts.
Some of the resources offered include the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program's (LIHEAP) Housing and Energy Assistance, Weatherization programs and the Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization program, and child care services. However, this is just a sampling, and they do have other resources to offer struggling people. The phone number for community action is (925)-335-8900.
This is offered by Community Action, and it provides financial assistance and cash grants that are used for energy bills for low income people. This aid includes immediate financial assistance to people with 48 hour shutoff notices, energy education, and budget counseling services. As a benefit, those households who apply for LIHEAP and DOE may also receive free energy reduction and weatherization services for their homes. Weatherization includes the installation of insulation, weather stripping, and other energy saving measures that will reduce the loss of energy from the home, thus reducing monthly energy bills by hundreds of dollars per year.
The Contra Costa County's LIHEAP program may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance to help with utility bills. The address is 1470 Civic Court, Suite 200, Concord, California 94520, Telephone: (925) 681-6380.
The following residents of Contra Costa County may apply for cash grants from the local community action agency.
The amount of the grant provided will vary according to the number of people in the household, the income level, and the employability status of the recipient. Note that grant amounts provided to applicants may change from year to year due to funding or other reasons.
The Community Action program (number below) provides comprehensive childcare services for approximately 3,000 families every year during the school year. They can provide the child care assistance by combining state, federal, and local childcare funding into one general assistance program. For children who are aged zero to five, we have full-day, part-day, full-year and part-year programs. Nearly all eligible families will receive some type of childcare at no cost to the applicant.
Contact the Community Action Agency at 40 Douglas Drive, Martinez, CA 94553, or call them at the following numbers. West County dial 510.374.7144; or for East/Central call 925.427.8852.
Some non-profit organizations to contact for mortgage and foreclosure help include
The Contra Costa Home Equity Preservation Alliance (HEPA) was created from a partnership of local agencies and non-profit organizations and it brings together the expertise of federal government certified HUD counseling agencies. Counselors will work directly with the homeowner and provide Mortgage Delinquency, Foreclosure Counseling and Default Resolution Assistance with professional and well trained legal service providers. Get assistance and access to counseling to homeowners about unpaid and delinquent mortgage loans, loss mitigation and their options. Receive free legal advice about foreclosure process and go over all of your legal options. Counselors can also negotiate directly with your mortgage servicer or loan provider to explore options and come up with solutions. Some of the agencies that are part of the partnership include Housing Rights, Inc. ((800) 261-2298) and Bay Area Legal Aid (phone (800) 551-5554).
Find additional ways to get mortgage and foreclosure help.
SHELTER, Inc. has three main objectives, including preventing homelessness by helping prevent evictions, they encourage self-sufficiency of low income individuals, and they can help currently homeless people. The non-profit organization can provide one-time financial assistance with paying a portion of either the security deposit or monthly rent for rental housing and apartments in Contra Costa County. In addition, a limited amount of funding is also available to prevent mortgage foreclosure by homeowners in the County. (925) 335-0698, or get details on housing programs from SHELTER.
More financial assistance for paying rent or deposits as well as free advice and funds to prevent an eviction can be obtained in Contra Costa. Read about other Contra Costa rent programs.
Catholic Charities of Contra Costa and the Bay area ((925) 825-3099) runs a Critical Family Needs program. This service provides qualified families and individuals with a one-time grant and/or cash assistance. The funds are provided on an emergency basis, and the program is available only for a limited number of qualified families and individuals, including the unemployed, elderly and seniors, disabled, and other low income individuals. Cash assistance is provided to those people who are experiencing a short term hardship or some type of emergency crisis and needing emergency help to maintain their family well-being. the money can be used to pay rent, energy bills, mortgage, medical bills, or other expenses. Because the demand for emergency help is greatly exceeding the available funds in this weak economy, only a small percentage of eligible applicants receive assistance from the Critical Family Needs program. Read more Catholic Charities in Contra Costa.
The Salvation Army has locations in Antioch, Concord, and Richmond. Dial 925-676-6180. The locations can offer funds for paying energy bills, free food, clothing, rent assistance, referrals, and a host of other assistance programs. Learn more on electric bill help.
Many families turn to the Salvation Army around the holidays. This is when the agency will really try to ramp up the assistance programs and services they provide. Children from low income families may receive gifts, coats or toys, and the entire family may receive a free hot meal around Thanksgiving or Christmas. In addition, some additional cash assistance may be provided around that time for basic needs such as rent, medications, or utility bills. More Contra Costa Salvation Army.
Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services has offices around the county, including in Richmond, Pleasant Hill, and Brentwood. Dial 510-412-3280. The agency administers a one-time only rental payment paid directly to the landlord or housing complex to prevent loss of housing by eligible families due to financial hardship or some type of unexpected emergency, not for lease violations. Other government assistance offered includes they process applications for General Assistance, CalFresh, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, and other public aid and social services provided by the county.
Council for Hope and Opportunity, or ECHO Housing, focuses on preventing homelessness, rapid rehousing, and assisting first time homebuyers. Several resources are available. Tenants can get help with paying rent or security deposits. Homeowners can look into foreclosure counseling from ECHO. Both tenants and homeowners can take part in homeowner or renter/landlord mediation sessions. Other services are available as well. Click details.
Water bill assistance is available in Contra Costa County. All towns and cities will work with qualified customers regarding payment on their account. The numbers to call for help include.
Other utility type programs administered include the LifeLine Service from Contra Costa Water District, which is for low income disabled customers receiving SSI payment or those individuals over the age of 62. Assistance is offered for people in Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Pacheco, parts of Walnut Creek, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill California.
East Bay Municipal Utility District offers help. Phone 866-403-2683. Their application serves people in Alamo, Crockett, Danville, Diablo, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, parts of Pleasant Hill, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo, parts of Walnut Creek, and San Ramon.
The Community Services Bureau is part of the local government. This department processes a few of the federal and state of California funded assistance programs. The primary ones include utility bill assistance from LIHEAP, early child development for children from Head Start, and also energy conservation measures from free weatherization services. Staff can also generally refer qualified low income residents to other Contra County resources. More on programs from Community Services.
Rent help from Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing. Dial 925-313-6124. The program, which is abbreviated as HPRP Rapid Re-Housing, may be able to provide referrals and information that can lead to funding to assist Contra Costa residents. There is support for families living in poverty to those on the verge of homelessness.
Government grants can assist tenants who are living in rental housing but are in jeopardy of losing their current home or apartment or that may be facing an eviction. Mortgage assistance is not available through the HPRP. It focuses just on rent, utility, legal aid or water bills, and deposits. Clients must be facing imminent eviction, and show that they are facing a short term hardship but can get back on track with paying rent over the long term. Read more Contra Costa eviction or rehousing.
Churches and St. Vincent De Paul - This charity relies heavily on donations from the community and the time of volunteers. While financial assistance is limited, they may have some funds for paying rent or housing expenses if someone is faced with an eviction. However the other resources they offer include free food and meals. Basic medical care is offered by clinics. Food, senior assistance, shelter, and immigration services are all offered as well. Read more.
During the holiday seasons, many lower to moderate income households in Contra Costa need help with obtaining Christmas gifts for their children. Others need a meal or companionship (such as seniors or the homebound) and there are many charities that can assist. They provide free gifts, food, and more at the major holidays, including Thanksgiving. Continue Contra Costa County holiday programs.
Monument Crisis Center provides basic needs and offers medical or dental care. There is school assistance for children from a Backpack Drive, free dental check ups, and also help for senior citizens in Contra Costa County. A pantry is also on site, and more Monument Crisis Center.
Low income and transitional housing services are available. Dozens of non-profit organizations, charities, churches, and shelters can assist families facing eviction and people that are homeless. Some of the resources available in Contra Costa County Californoa can include emergency shelter, low income apartments, and help with finding and paying the security deposit on a new, permanent home. Employment programs and other social services are offered too. Click low income housing Contra Costa.
Basic needs such as clothes are distributed by churches, clothing closets, thrift stores and other charities. The lowest income families in Contra Costa may qualify for free goods while others may need to shop for reduced priced items. Some of what may be provided includes school supplies, professional work attire, diapers, cribs, shoes, and Christmas items. Learn more on clothing closets in Contra Costa.
Housing Authority of Contra Costa County administers low income housing programs and more. There is often a waiting list. The vouchers, when available, can help pay a portion of your rent. Public and government housing is handled by the Housing Authority Pittsburg, Oakley, North Richmond or Rodeo offices. The phone numbers are below.
Contra Costa Bay Area Legal Aid - While not offering direct financial assistance, the non-profit provides advice and referrals for a number of issues. The center offers free legal help for issues such as eviction prevention, housing discrimination, and section 8. Receive advice if you are denied public benefits or access to health care. Learn how to access assistance programs such as Medi-Cal, Food Stamps and Denti-Cal, Medicare. 1025 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, California 94801. Phone (510) 250-5270. Click here.
California Human Development can help the homeless and/or very low income. There are also programs for immigrants and farmworkers in Contra Costa County. Qualified low income applicants may be able to access affordable apartments or transitional housing programs. However, CHD also provides case management such as citizenship services, educational support, and job placement programs. Learn more on services offered from California Human Development.
State and federal programs are available in Contra Costa County. There are a few offices in which low income residents can apply for cash and public assistance, food vouchers from CalFresh, energy bill help and other services such as job training. The county can even provide aid for those that are currently looking for a job and that are unemployed. Read more information.
Get information on other assistance programs that can help both northern California residents, and that also assist families and individuals throughout the state.
Several local community health care clinics in the Contra Costa County area include the following. Call any of them to make an appointment or to learn more. While services provided and costs may vary, in genenral they will try to provide medical care to all who need help.
Brookside Community Health Center - Richmond - 510 215-5001
Berkeley Free Clinic - 800-625-4624
BAART Community HealthCare-East County - 925-522-0124
These facilities provide health and maybe dental care on a fee/sliding scale, and some may be able to offer free medical care. If those centers can’t provide the medical or dental assistance you need, locate additional clinics in Contra Costa.
These con-profit centers have resources and staff on hand that can help the unemployed find a job or even provide assistance for those who are currently employed, such as job training and career counseling. Work with a counselor to search for a job in California, prepare a resume, and register for training or classes.
Child Care Job Bank - 925-676-5442.
Experience Unlimited - Call 925-602-0166. Provides counseling, information, and other support services.
A One-Stop Center is located in Concord. Call 925-671-4500
Workforce Services - (Rubicon). Telephone number is 510-412-1700
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the East Bay, including Concord and Oakland - Work with a credit or HUD certified housing counselor to receive personal credit counseling. Other services include debt management plans, housing advising services including foreclosure prevention counseling and advice, bankruptcy counseling, financial education services, credit report analysis, and online money management counseling. Counselors can also refer clients to programs offered by banks, such as Chase assistance programs. Phone 866-889-9347.
The following non-profits provide free food or other types of aid. Some of what may be offered includes free groceries, perishable food, and holiday meals. Or learn about government programs such as CalFresh.
Other charities and government agencies provide food assistance. There are staff that will offer free groceries, USDA commodities or provide meals. Other aid ranges from baby formula to Christmas baskets or applications to CalFresh food stamps. Find the addresses, hours and phone numbers of dozens of other food distribution centers. Locate more Contra Costa food pantries.