Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco County assistance programs.

The low income, homeless, and struggling can turn to the Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco County. The community action agency works to help people overcomes their financial hardship and regain self-sufficiency. Some of the main services include child care, food programs, LIHEAP, and of course referrals to other northern California agencies, in particular for housing or rental needs.

The EOCSF agency runs a low cost, child care program. In most years, hundreds of children are able to access these day care type centers. They were set up in order to allow parents to attend work or job training, as the day care will be offered at subsidized rates depending on the applicant’s income levels. The council also offers a preschool program for children throughout the year.

Food and formula is offered for pregnant women, seniors and infants. This is even for those in San Francisco California that are not WIC or Cal Fresh qualified. Commodity foods may be peanut butter, infant formula, non-fat dry milk, egg mix, formula and cereal, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and fruit juices. There are several pantries and distribution sites in the city and county that offer these items.

The food program is also for seniors over the age of 60. The can also get free groceries, bags of food, and more. Some of the same items listed above are also for the elderly. The Commodity Food Program is run from 1426 Fillmore St., 415-749-5600. Call the office for an appointment which is needed. Services are also offered in languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, Cantonese, Russian and more.

Utility programs include LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs) as well as conservation and weatherization. Together these programs will help people pay their utility bills or weatherization will offset the costs of heating and/or cooling bills as it will become more energy efficient.

While LIHEAP will pay out a once per year cash grant for energy bills, on the other hand Weatherization provides free weather-stripping, attic insulation, minor household repairs and related conservation measures. Both can help residents of the county deal with ever increasing utility costs. The long term objective is to help homeowners, and maybe even renters, save money. Phone 800-433-4327.




Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco can also help with applications for the Energy Crisis Intervention Program, or ECIP. While there are several conditions that need to be met in order to get aid, it provides cash payments for weather or energy-related emergencies, such as an upcoming disconnection. Any payments are credited to the applicant’s utility bill and the person seeking help will not directly receive cash. In addition, be prepared to provide PG&E bill and proof of San Francisco residency.

While Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco is not a formal member of the SFHomeless program, they may still have referrals. EOCSF can often direct clients to eviction prevention services, emergency shelters, or programs to pay back rent or a security deposit. They too want to prevent and reverse homelessness in the city and county.

Those are some of the main resources directly administered by EOCSF. So while the focus is on food, child care, and satisfying energy needs, the community action agency can provide referrals and other support as well. In addition, their services can change. The bottom line is the non-profit works to help the less fortunate, poor, and struggling both make it through a crisis and get on the patch to self-sufficiency. The main location is at 1426 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California 94115. Telephone: (415) 749-3971 or 415-749-5600








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