There are a variety of assistance services and programs offered to the local Sacramento community, ranging from counseling, foreclosure prevention, rent and housing assistance, to providing residents with clothing and food. Here are a sampling of the charities, organizations, and other agencies.
Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center - As a result of the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Homeless Prevention Project, this organization provides utility bill assistance, help with paying rent, and even hotel and motel vouchers to eligible families and individuals who may be facing foreclosure, eviction, or homelessness. (916) 455-2160
Roseville Home Start Inc. - Helps transitions the homeless, including families and children into sustainable, affordable, and long term, permanent housing and also provide them with self-sufficiency tools. (916) 782-6667
NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center - Sacramento Region - This national agency runs assistance programs that provide so called post-purchase counseling for delinquency problems or foreclosure prevention. These, and other services, are also provided through the Sacramento branch of the Home Ownership Center. Read more.
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Roseville Area Conference, Inc. - This organization helps people who are seeking shelter, supplemental groceries, food, diapers, hygiene and other basic medical supplies. This is one of the leading charity and church organizations in northern California. They may have some limited emergency financial for basic needs such as prescription medication, electric bills, or rent. Volunteers and social workers can also provide guidance, counseling, and spiritual support. Click here, or call (916) 781-3303.
River City Community Services - Offers housing assistance. They have a Rental Assistance Program to assist families with avoiding an eviction from their home or apartment. (916) 446-2627
Women's Empowerment - Counseling to homeless women is provided, and it directs them to resources and services that are available. They also provide basic direct services and aid including food, bus passes, and free clothing.
United Christian Centers of the Greater Sacramento Area, Inc., which, through its Transitional Housing Program, addresses the housing needs of economically disadvantaged, homeless families in West Sacramento by providing a safe and supportive environment for the clients.
Salvation Army Del Oro Division – This is in the Sac Metro/Sac County area. It helps people secure a safe place to live while providing emergency financial assistance and help with bills, including housing, meals, laundry service, toiletries, referrals and counseling to those in need of help with bills. 916-563-3700
Center for Fathers and Families -Provides food and help with paying utility bills to families who are actively enrolled or if they have graduated from a Center for Fathers and Families program. 916.568.DADS (3237)
Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada - This program helps local residents move out of transitional housing and long-term shelters and into permanent housing by helping them file applications, meet eligibility requirements, and the organization can also provide financial support for help with paying security deposits and first month’s rent for their housing. Click here.
Community Services Block Grant Program is run by CIMC. This resource can provide emergency, short term financial assistance for paying expenses such as rent and security deposits. Other aid includes utility bill assistance to prevent disconnection, education and employment-related assistance, and food vouchers. Resources are offered to low-income American Indians. Case managers also offer budget-making and counseling as well as free information and referral. 738 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834. Call (916) 564-4053 for intake.
Water bill assistance program is available. This is only for customers that have City of Sacramento Water. Tenants need to show a lease that proves they are responsible for the payment, or homeowners also need proof as well. For information, dial 916-678-4010 X2.
In addition to all of the agencies, non-profits, government programs, and other resources listed on this page, Sacramento families can contact other financial assistance programs that can help anyone in California. They are listed below.
California Emergency Foodlink - Gives food aid. They are a distributor of emergency food throughout the Sacramento area and they use local agencies that serve specific zip codes. 1-800-283-9000
Health for All, Inc. - Las Palmas Community Clinic - Receive health care based upon your income. Fees are on a sliding scale. Dial (916) 924-6703. Find additional clinics in Sacramento.
Community Resource Project - The Housing Division at Community Resource Project, Inc. works to both provide grants and funds for paying utility bills, and also to improve the energy efficiency of homes and to reduce the impact of energy bills on peoples budgets. They make energy saving improvements to homes (such as insulation, appliances and more), provide direct payments for utility bills, manage weatherization programs, and offer people direct credits on their utility bills. Learn more about LIHEAP and weatherization in California.
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (formerly ByDesign) - This non-profit credit counseling organization offers debt reduction, personal finance education, confidential individual credit repair and repayment and debt counseling, debt reduction and management plans, pre-purchase counseling and foreclosure prevention counseling to Sacramento area homeowners and consumers. 877-422-9045, or call to learn more about debt assistance programs.
Greater Sacramento Urban League - If you need help finding a job, or ways to develop your skills, this agency can help. The organization offers a wide variety of employment services, including tuition free education, computer job skills training, information on scholarships and grants, job placement and training, and access to after school programs. They are also preparing adults, adjudicated youth, and ex-offenders for economic self sufficiency and new jobs.
The non-profit also can be a resource center for people of all races and backgrounds. The location may have information on housing solutions, programs that offer food as well as government benefits. Call 916.286.8600, or find more Sacramento Urban League programs.
Government assistance - Department of Human Assistance is for the very low income, disabled, and seniors. This organization provides applications for both federal government and state of California benefits and cash assistance. Examples of the programs administered include the following. However there are many others.
Legal Services of Northern California - This non-profit law firm provides access to lawyers who provide free legal assistance and advice. The support is for low to moderate income persons and individuals in the areas of health, housing, foreclosure prevention, education, family law, rent assistance and eviction prevention, income maintenance, employment, civil rights, and debt counseling. Learn more.
Centro Guadalupe - Catholic Charities - This agency offers tax preparation assistance, case advocacy, information and referral, counseling, utility bill assistance for residents of the City of Sacramento, limited rent help, and seasonal special events. Programs can also support immigrants in the area.
Many families also need help around the holidays, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. So the Sacramento County Catholic Charities has meals and free gifts for children and families from programs such as Adopt-A-Family. Click here for more details on their services, or dial (916) 443-5367
River City Food Bank - The primary service offered is a three-day supply of emergency food once a month to people in need. They can even provide baby food and formula, which can be obtained on a drop-in basis or by referral. From time to time funds may be available for rent help. Phone (916) 446-2627.
Sacramento Home Loan Counseling Center - Homeowners who are struggling with paying their mortgage can contact this Sacramento agency for free foreclosure prevention counseling. Counselors will provide free foreclosure help for borrowers who are having trouble making their monthly mortgage payments. Results offered from the agency include short sale, loan modifications, forbearance, repayment, , and they can even offer deed in-lieu of foreclosures. Call (916) 646-2005.
Information from helpline - Referrals are available from this clearinghouse. Anyone can try the service, whether they are low income or just facing an emergency. Examples of solutions are.
Programs that focus on rent help are available in Sacramento. A combination of non-profits, including churches and charities, may offer funds along with government agencies. There may be grants for paying back rent to stop an eviction. Or the homeless in Sacramento can look into short term funds, even including loans, to pay a portion of a security deposit. Click here.
Asian Resources, Inc. is a non-profit that offers social services to immigrants and refugees. They can get help in reaching self-sufficiency, such as information on job training, financial literacy, credit counseling and educational programs. 5709 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, California 95824. Call (916) 454-1892.
Francis House is a charity that offer assistance as part of their Family Rescue Program. There are several components to this, including a limited number of free motel vouchers, Fast Track job services, and assistance with obtaining an ID. There may also be limited financial aid as well, and locate more services from Frances House.
Women's Empowerment is for homeless women. They can get help in locating permanent housing, information on rental and security deposit programs, and resources to build skills for future employment. (916) 669-2307
Assist Local DBA - Roll Down Ministry, Orangevale Food Bank and Projects 4HOPE is for the low income, poor, and homeless. Receive free groceries, clothing, care packs, and more. The case managers help the hungry, elderly, unemployed and homeless. Also learn about local public and low income housing, medical care, and other aid. 6483 Main Ave, Orangevale, 95662, (916) 304-3663.
County Food Bank and Family Services provides several different programs. A client choice clothing closet as well as food pantry are offered on site from the non-profit. This center gives families free groceries and meals, as well as applications to CalFresh / food stamps if needed.
Other resources from SFBFS include educational support, such as GED preparation or ESL classes. There are also services for senior citizens in Sacramento and immigrants, as well as children and the youth. Or clients can inquire into assistance such as free baby formula for new moms or Meals on Wheels. More.
CARES - Center for AIDS Research, Education & Services is for those with HIV/AIDS. Receive information on health insurance plans and government programs including dental, medical, pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse and other related services.
Diogenes Youth Services is for homeless at-risk youth and teenagers. They can access emergency shelter, support groups, counseling, and job training workshops for runaway/homeless youth.
Resources for Independent Living assists the disabled in Sacramento County. Get information and referral to resources such as utility bill assistance, food, and rental help. There are also regional personal assistant services, housing services, independent living skills training, information on loans to pay for housing and rental needs.
Basic needs from Love - The Sacramento County charity, its volunteers, and churches all offer support. It is not monetary, but there may be referrals to home repair programs for the elderly, thrift stores, and items for new moms or infants, such as diapers or formula. Other aid is provided too, including at Christmas. More.
Area 4 Agency on Aging - The non-profit helps seniors. What may be available includes employment from SCEP, meals on wheels from volunteers, and local transportation and rides.
The non-profit offers other assistance as well. One key service is on offering counseling for paying down medical bills or accessing care. But much more is provided. The main office is at 2260 Park Towne Circle Sacramento, California 95825. Call (916) 486-1876 for information on elderly assistance, or read more Sacramento County Agency on Aging.
St. John's Shelter for Women and Children is for qualified females including single parents. Free food, hot meals, general clothing, and basic needs may be offered. Or work with social workers and volunteers on permanent housing, including details on rental subsidies such as section 8 housing vouchers.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services - Offers free services that helping clothe, feed, housing assistance, educate and uplift people in need. (916) 456-1980.
Sacramento Self Help Housing assists the recently homeless and individuals locate transitional and safe, low income housing in the county. Some pro-active, eviction prevention guidance and advice may be offered as well. They also offer housing programs for the disabled. Address is 1250 Sutterville Rd, Sacramento, CA 95822. Telephone (916) 341-0593.
The Gathering Inn provides support in limited portions of the county. They offer medical care from a community clinic, and the homeless that are current shelter guests of the charity only can explore Rapid Rehousing. Funds are very limited, but people in the shelter may be able to get help. Support may be for families pay the first month’s rent or a deposit on a new, affordable home. The Community Resource Center has intake for case management type support. Click more information.
Transitional housing and low income apartments are available for people facing imminent eviction and the homeless in Sacramento. When a client is staying at one of these centers they will also be able to meet with a case manager who will work with them on self-sufficiency, including employment assistance and help in finding a new, permanent home or apartment to live in. Also get information on resources in California such as section 8 vouchers and financial assistance in paying rent and security deposits when the time comes to move into the new home. Read Sacramento low income housing.
Capitol Community Health Network - This is a partnership of local health care clinics and medical professionals. They offer information and referrals to health care services and local clinics for low to moderate income persons in Sacramento County. Social support as well as medical care are both offered. Call (916) 447-7222.
Mercy Clinic - Loaves & Fishes - Offers health care for homeless and poor. (916) 446-3345.
Capitol City Adventist Community Services - Serves food to the needy on one Monday per month. Dial (916) 381-5353
Main office of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services - Call them at (916) 451-5920. A number of food assistance programs are offered, including application for CalFresh food stamps. In addition, they work closely with charities, and this agency can also provide clothing, mother baby programs, and other aid. Also click here for more information on food pantries.
Cathedral of Praise & Worship Center - Food Program - A food bag can be provided up to once per month. Dial (916) 568-7606
Meadowview Community Action Inc. - This Sacramento California based agency operates three Head Start centers serving around 200 3-5 year olds per year, as well as a separate Head Start program for slightly older kids. This also administer an Emergency Assistance program offering emergency financial assistance and grants to several hundred families per year. (916) 399-9116
Next Move offers a number of housing programs, including transitional apartments, emergency shelters, and more. Staff from the non-profit charity may also have referrals to pro-active homeless prevention programs in Sacramento County, such as government programs for paying rent, energy bills, and moving costs. Or ask about help with paying for security deposits, which is also often available. (916) 454-2120., or more on housing assistance from Next Move.
Lutheran Social Services of Northern California operates several housing programs in Sacramento County. The organization is committed to helping those facing eviction, the homeless, disabled and youth. They offer shelters and transitional housing resources, among other support. There is no financial or rent assistance available, but rather than are involved in transitional housing programs. More on Lutheran Social Services Northern California.
Travelers Aid Emergency Assistance Agency may have utility bill and rent assistance. Resources include emergency housing services which include motel vouchers, food closet, rent payments to prevent eviction, utilities assistance (SMUD only), and transitional housing for working poor families. Case management is offered too. 2251 Florin Road, Sacramento, California 95822. Dial (916) 399-9646.
SETA, or the community action agency known as Sacramento Employment and Training, administers several social services for the region. Most of it is focused on education and/or job training, however there may be, in rare cases, limited financial support from the Community Services Block Grant – CSBG. This may be free food, eviction prevention / rent help, loans for home repairs or other housing expenses.
The goal of SETA though is on increasing self-sufficiency, and this is accomplished through employment and job training as well as educational support. Other programs include Head Start child development and more. Continue with Sacramento Employment community action agency.
Broderick Christian Center - HPRP Program may be able to help prevent evictions. In addition, rapid re-housing services are offered for qualified clients who have become recently homeless. 110 Sixth Street, West Sacramento, CA 95605, telephone (916) 372-0200
Free or low cost foreclosure and credit counseling: The county is supported by several non-profit credit counseling and HUD certified organizations. Individuals who enroll with these these various agencies may be able to receive free or low cost counseling and advice. Find listing of Sacramento credit counseling agencies and get details on the services they offer clients.
Financial aid and discounts on water bills are available in Sacramento. Assistance is provided in order to help low income families pay for the ever increasing costs of water in the county. Also, if you service has been disconnected, there may be help for paying reconnection fees or deposits. Continue with financial assistance for water bills in Sacramento.
VLSP - Voluntary Legal Services Program is made of up lawyers, paralegals, and other professionals. The staff all work together to offer assistance and representation to the less fortunate. Housing, access to government aid, and other topics are covered by the Sacramento firm. Learn more.
California Indian Manpower Consortium (CIMC) - Programs are administered for Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Services include job referrals and counseling. Also apply for emergency financial assistance and grants for paying for food, housing, utilities, employment expenses, and education bills. 738 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, California 95834, dial (916) 920-0285
Tenants that are facing eviction can get help. There are also federal government funded programs, such as rehousing, that can place the homeless into a new apartment in Sacramento. The services may be some of the following.
Folsom Cordova Community Partnership runs the Family Resource Center. Helps with needs of entire family. Intervention services administered that are geared toward the connecting low income and needy individuals and families with services and assistance that may be needed such as Safety Net. Get help with paying electric and utility bills, rent, fresh food program, diapers, baby formula, diapers and transportation. They also run the state of California SMUD energy bill assistance program. 10665 Coloma Road, Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, California 95670, (916) 361-8684
Clothing, Christmas assistance, and household supplies - Northern California, including Sacramento, is supported by churches and charity organizations that provide free clothing, household supplies, and more. Some centers may also offer gifts, toys, and school supplies. Click here.
Holiday focused programs (including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) are also available. These are in addition to the services listed above. One key difference is that these Sacramento County agencies often combine free gifts for kids along with food baskets for the entire family. They also offer senior citizens meals or Christmas gifts, support immigrants, and offer other help. More on Sacramento County free holiday assistance.
Powerhouse Ministries - On a sporadic basis offers rent and utility bill assistance. 705 Wales Drive Folsom, California 95630, phone (916) 983-0658
Veterans Resource Center - Veterans or their families can get grants for paying for utility deposits and bills, transportation, and rent and housing. 7270 E Southgate Drive, Sacramento, California 95823, (916) 393-8387
Sacramento Salvation Army (Family Services) - Seniors and disabled can get help with their City of Sacramento water bills. They also run the REACH helps pay for PG&E bills as well as PLEDGE program which helps with SMUD bills. 4350 Raley Blvd., Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95838, (916) 678-4010. A number of other centers are located across Sacramento. Learn more.
South County Services - People in an emergency can get help with food closet. Other programs assist individuals and families obtaining access to medical care and health services. Also get information and referral, emergency food, rental/mortgage assistance, immigration services, client advocacy, community medical transportation, bus/gasoline vouchers, and utility bill assistance. 539 North Lincoln Way, Galt, California 95632, (209) 745-9174
Regardless of your income, religion, or background the county is served by a number of local and national food distribution centers. Whether it is the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or your local church there are a number of places to turn to for free food, groceries, items such as clothing and personal hygiene products, and case management and counseling. Rarely will an individual or their family be turned away if they ask for assistance. Read more Sacramento food pantries and find a comprehensive listing of locations to call or stop by at for help.
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