Northern California and the Bay Area is one of the most expensive parts of the county to live in. Many families who live in this region are struggling to make ends meet. The good news is that there are numerous places to turn to for help. Charities, non-profit organizations, and even the United Way can offer assistance, or refer people to assistance programs and other resources. Find information on some of the agencies that can help, and the services they offer.
Dixon Family Assistance offers several services and resources. They have a program that can help pay energy bills, provide renters and homeowners with funds for rent help, and they run a food bank that is located on site that can help people struggling to pay for their next meal. 707-678-0442
The Salvation Army of Fairfield provides assistance and grants, as well as other basic social services to hundreds of families throughout Solano County. People can receive holiday assistance, meals, money to pay rent and utility bills, and even money for an overdue mortgage, as funding allows. Call them at 707 426-6244 to apply for aid or to learn more.
The La Clinica de La Raza offers residents free medications. The La Clinica organization is one of the very few low-cost or free health resources and providers in the Vallejo area, and demand for their services is steadily growing as the local economy worsens. The Pharmacy Assistance Program that they administer will provide medication to primarily either under or uninsured families, and other low income patients with chronic diseases in Vallejo. They provide this service by partnering with the national pharmaceutical companies programs for distributing free medicine. Read more on these prescription assistance programs.
If you are having difficulty with medical and hospital bills, the Solano Coalition for Better Health offers the
SKIP - Solano Kids Insurance Program. This resource is focused on increasing the percentage of Solano County residents who are consistently enrolled in a health insurance plan or some other type of health care program. Insurance can help them with paying for expensive medical bills. In the current state of the weak California economy, the SKIP program is seeing demand for their services increase as families are laid off, have their incomes reduced and who may otherwise be struggling to make ends meet. Contact SKIP for help with your medical bills or health care costs.
Dixon Family Service - Provides comprehensive primary health services. Fees are based on a patients income. Call (707) 635-1600
Sutter Solano Medical Center, located in Vallejo ((707) 554-4444) is another option for low cost medical care. Bills are on a sliding scale and applicants income.
Find phone numbers, address, and locations of additional Solano County clinics.
Catholic Social Services
They administer a Case Management and Housing Assistance Program. This can help Vallejo residents who have short term housing needs. It aids people including families facing hardship or low income families with minor children, people who are currently homeless, senior citizens who are aged 60 and over, permanently disabled and persons temporarily disabled or receiving Worker's Compensation or SSI/SSR. The rental assistance program is available periodically depending on funding for the program, and aid is limited to once in a lifetime. Call them at 707-644-8909.
Families in Transition in Benicia provides rent assistance and homelessness prevention services to Benicia area families who suddenly suffer an unexpected economic setback due to a medical emergency, unemployment, health, job loss, or family problems. (707) 645-3000
The Benicia Community Action Council, which can be called at (707) 745-0900, offers several different assistance programs for youth and seniors and they also administer emergency services for low-income families to help them with bills and expenses.
St. Vincent De Paul Society of Benicia is another local non-profit agency that provides emergency food and when resources allow financial assistance to low income and other struggling residents in Benicia. The agency can provide partial utility bill payments, and housing aid. Call them at (707) 746-1773.
Dixon Family Services (phone number (707) 678-0442) is yet another option. They offer emergency financial assistance, general counseling, case management, information on mortgage and foreclosure programs, and the Family Resource Center to residents of Dixon and the surrounding rural areas of Solano County. Also, debt and credit card counseling may be offered from time to time. Read more on debt counseling.
Rio Vista Community Services offers qualified families rent help, they provide emergency homelessness prevention services including transportation, free food, shelter, utility and heating bill payment assistance and even prescription drug expense assistance and vouchers. (707) 374-5706.
There are multiple agencies that cover the entire Solano county. For example, St. Vincent De Paul Vallejo also has a Vallejo branch. This organization also offers emergency financial aid and social services. Their number is (707) 556-9846.
Healthy Start Family Resource Network - The non-profit provides assistance obtaining temporary financial assistance for paying utilities. They help people file for the federal government Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). They also help families and individuals obtain assistance through a network of churches and charities as funds are available. Also help people find jobs, offer resume reviews, and computer access. Fairfield California. (707) 421-3224
Salvation Army - They have various locations around Solano County, including Vallejo, Dixon, Fairfield, and Vacaville. Dial (707) 784-8050. The agency has a multitude of assistance programs, including money for rent, utility bills, free food, holiday meals, prescription vouchers, and other aid. Thousands of families benefit from their social services and assistance programs. Continue Solano Salvation Army programs.
Community Presbyterian Church - Good Samaritan ((707) 448-5055) - Offers assistance on a limited basis for Vacaville California residents who may be experiencing an immediate emergency need for vehicle gasoline, utility bills for gas, electricity or water expenses.
Greater Vallejo Family Resource Center - The non-profit center offers, among other services, job training and supportive services to help maintain healthy families in a healthy community. Some of the basic services include home visitation for families that do not have access to transportation, information and referral to financial assistance programs and other local services, and community organizing. In addition, counselors can also provides qualified individuals with assistance in filling out and submitting utility bill payment assistance (HEAP) applications so they can get help with electric and energy bills. 505 Santa Clara Street, Floor 3, Vallejo, California 94590,(707) 648-5230. A second office is at North Vallejo Family Resource Center, 146 Rainier Avenue, Room 43, Loma Vista Elementary School, Vallejo, CA 94590, phone (707) 553-7345.
California Human Development offers vouchers to buy food and may distribute emergency rental assistance. Most of the aid is for very low income and/or migrant and seasonal workers. Address is 459 Marvin Way, Dixon, California, 95620. Call 707-678-3266.
Lutheran Care For the Aging can assist senior citizens and Solano County residents over the age of 55. Among other programs include a very small emergency fund that can provide limited financial assistance with paying rent and other housing needs. Other programs include Meals on Wheels, information and applications for government assistance such as Medicare, and prescription assistance programs. Call 415-441-7777 for information.
Vacaville Family Resource Center provides a number of services. This includes utility bill and rent assistance, food vouchers, and free gasoline vouchers to not just low income families with minor children, but also individuals. Workshops and parenting classes are held too. Address - 312 Cernon Street, Vacaville, CA, 95688, 707-469-6608
Toys, holiday meals, and food baskets are available to struggling as well as Solano County families living in poverty. For those that register (and qualify) they may be given free toys for their children, gift certificates, a Turkey at Thanksgiving, or other help at Christmas. The programs, such as Angel Tree, help hundreds of families per year. Click more information.
Benicia Housing Authority oversee public housing in the Benicia region. Another resource, the Conventional Housing Program, is for the disabled. The Leased Housing Program administers the Section 8 voucher/rental assistance programs which allows residents to select their own private housing or apartments to live in. 28 Riverhill Drive, Benicia, California, 945102725. Telephone number is 707-745-2071.
Solano County emergency eviction, foreclosure, and homeless assistance - Financial help is combined with public aid and case management services. Non-profits including Continuum of Care affiliated agencies provide support to tenants and homeowners.
Programs available include funds for paying bills such as water, electric, and heating as well as back rent. Resources are focused on single mothers or senior citizens as well in order to help them avoid a homeless situation. Read more.
Solano County Health And Social Services Employment & Eligibility Services Division – Other agency that can offer job finding services, career counseling, case management, and other forms of support. 365 Tuolumne Street, Vallejo, California, 94590, call (707) 553-5681. More on Solano public assistance.
Housing and rent assistance - Residents have several services available to them. Meet with a case manager to learn about and get help applying for programs such as Section 8, emergency cash grants for paying rent, and eviction prevention services. Programs in Solano County are run by church’s, non-profits, and government organizations. Learn more.
Food Bank of Solano County - Works with local churches, non-profits, and pantries. Call (925) 676-7543 for information on food assistance, or click here for details on government programs
Mission Solano - Offers shelter and food. (707) 422-1011
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, which is located in Fairfield ((707) 422-4741), offers groceries and clothing to anyone in need of aid.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church - Offers food and groceries. (707) 448-2390
Many other resources and pantries can help the less fortunate. Locate Cal-Fresh application sites, locations of soup kitchens, and even Meals on Wheels for seniors. Find more food banks in Solano County.
Bay Area Foreclosure Assistance Collaborative - The organizations hosts foreclosure information workshops, prevention tactics and free seminars both distressed homeowners and renters whose landlords are facing foreclosure. Housing advocates, counselors and legal experts cover the foreclosure process, for free, and provide information on tenants' rights, foreclosure rescue scams, mortgage refinance issues, and more. (510) 271-8443
Pacific Community Services - Counselors from this HUD agency provide free or low cost confidential counseling to families who are in danger of losing their homes through a foreclosure filing. Counseling and advice offered includes forbearance agreements, reinstatement, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, refinancing or recasting the mortgage and sale of the property and assignment of the Mortgage to HUD. Phone (800) 914-6874