California Human Development assistance programs.

Operating across the state, California Human Development (CHD) is an active nonprofit, community-based organization that helps low-income residents of California. Resources are available for immigrants, farmworkers, and other working poor residents.

The focus is on northern California, but other support is provided in different regions of the state as well. Almost 50 different programs are offered and are funded by a combination of government grants and private donations.

The organization will help clients secure the training, education, and access nearby job opportunities. Case managers work on improving social conditions and help people people in position to live independently. They do all this will working to ensure greater human dignity is achieved.

CHD provides a broad spectrum of human services programs serving limited English-speaking populations, farmworkers, immigrants and other low-income families in the state. Support is also for public assistance recipients as well as those who are homeless, disabled, unemployed, sick, or involved with the criminal justice system.

The core services of the CHD include affordable low income housing, community services, job training, criminal justice services, and overall integration for individuals with disabilities. The non-profit will also create opportunities for clients through coordinating social services that are offered by dedicated staff and many non-profit community partners.

California Human Development housing centers

California Human Development manages three dormitory-style Farmworker Housing Centers in the greater Napa County region. The sites provide affordable and quality housing for unaccompanied farmworkers.

Each center has numerous bedrooms with multiple residents per room. At some housing units, free breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Saturday. Residents also get bagged lunch-to-go if they are working. On weekends, often including Sunday, a continental breakfast is often served to residents. All facilities have services for residents such as pay telephones, recreation rooms, coin-operated Laundromats, and offer guests a variety of recreational activities and other resources.




Calistoga Farmworker Housing Center - This is a seasonal site for qualified guests and immigrants. The Calistoga Center is generally open January through October and is exclusively available only to residents of the three Centers. This facility has large barbeques on the rear deck, a TV in the activity room, kitchens and a covered carport for performing minor car repairs. Availability information, including details on if there are any spaces available can be obtained by calling 707-942-9279 or 707-696-1132.

River Ranch Farmworker Housing Center is generally open from the Spring through the winter. The administrative office, which is open all year round, can answer questions on availability and the application process. The River Ranch Center consists of a cluster of buildings and apartments in Napa County. Dial 707-963-7496 or 707-299-9064.

The Mondavi Center is generally open February through October, so during the warmer California months. It is also for immigrants and the working poor in the community. Availability information can be obtained by calling 707-265-7629 or 707-821-8832 or by visiting the River Ranch Center.

Parkway Plaza was created to help the elderly. The California Human Development (CHD) center was designed for adults with disabilities, mental illness and low income seniors. There are almost 100 self-contained, low income apartments designed for independent, transitional living. Some units are accessible to the disabled. HUD, or Housing and Urban Development, works with California Human Development on offering these low income housing units.

Those are just some examples of the housing units or shelters offered. There will more than likely be other units, including in different parts of the state. A local office, as referenced below, will have more information on low income housing and other facilities.

Energy conservation programs

The Energy Savings Assistance Program from PG&E provides income qualified customers with free weatherization measures, energy education and utility-efficient appliances. This is done in an effort to reduce gas and electric usage of families.

In addition to the program above, other free weatherization measures from CHD and the federal government may include weather-stripping, installation of showerheads, caulking, free compact fluorescent lamps, and extra attic insulation. All of these energy-efficient refrigerators may be available free of cost.





Anyone who rents or owns their own home may qualify for the Energy Savings Assistance Program. They do need to apply and provide documents proving participation in one of the following State or Federal public assistance programs -  Medi-Cal, LIHEAP, Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Food Stamps, TANF (AFDC), SSI, NSL Free Lunch Program, WIC, Healthy Families Category A or Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only).

CHD self-sufficiency type resources

ESP - Educational Sentencing Program is for convicted offenders. Clients will be  required to participate in this if they want help from CHD. The program provides guidance, education, employment assistance and general support to those willing to make positive changes in their lives.

California Human Development's Prisoner Re-Entry program, or PRI, delivers transitional services. The program is intended to reduce the chance for future crimes by providing guidance, support, and opportunity to newly released inmates. The Sonoma County community service is a key partner and the agency offers financial assistance, advocates, court and jail personnel.

Free citizenship services are offered from California Human Development. The non-profit provides consultations and support for immigrants and others. Assistance is for those who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. They can get help with completing the applications and referrals to public aid too.

Some of what may be offered is free materials for study to help clients pass their citizenship exam. In addition, referrals are made to local ESL providers and job training sites. Hopefully this will allow applicants to improve their English in order to pass their citizenship interview.

Immigration assistance from CHD, or the California Human Development, assists people in completing affidavits of support, obtaining legal status, finding work permits, renewing green cards, and help people immigrate family members to the U.S. This assistance is offered at a minimal cost to clients.

California Human Development (CHD) Locations

Brentwood Farmworker Services is located at 281 Pine Street, Brentwood, California  94513, phone number is 925-427-8871
Chico Farmworker Services - 1249 Mangrove Ave, Chico, CA 95926, call 530-899-0624 for information.
Dixon Farmworker Services, 459 Marvin Way, Dixon, CA 95620, 707-678-3266
Lakeport Farmworker Services is based at 55 First Street, Box M, Lakeport, CA  95453, call 707-262-0440
CHD Farmworker Services, 150 Camellia Way, Galt, CA  95632, telephone number is 916-216-4375
Farmworker Services, WorkNet/WorkStart Youth, 631 East Oak Street, Lodi, CA  95240, call 209-331-2081
Santa Rosa Farmworker Services / ASET, 1015 Center Drive, Suite B, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Telephone number is 707-523-1155




One Stop-Napa-619 - 650 Imperial Way, Ste. 101, Napa, CA 94559. Call: 707-253-4648
Ukiah Farmworker Services, 631 South Orchard Avenue, Ukiah, CA 95482, call 707-467-5959 or Toll-free: 800-570-1377
Central MIS Admin Office, 2730 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, California 95833, telephone number is 916-371-8220
Woodland Farmworker Services, 117 W. Main Street, Suite 1B, Woodland, CA  95695, 530-662-9601
Yuba City Farmworker Services, 1719 Franklin Road, Yuba City, CA 95993, dial  530-673-4120
CHD Family Support Services, 286 M Street, Crescent City, CA 95531, Phone number is 707-464-8347
Disability Services are run from 1695 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, California 95403, call: 707-542-5609
Redwood Empire Industries (REI). Address is 1695 Piner Road, Suite A, Santa Rosa, California 95403, call Mary Biggs at phone number 707-542-5609
Community Services - Citizenship & Immigration Services, 3315 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, Phone: 707-523-1155
Healdsburg Day Labor Center - 405 Grove Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, Telephone No: 707-433-6652
Santa Rosa ASET Center - 1015 Center Drive,  Santa Rosa, CA 95403, main number is 707-523-1155
Sonoma County Hispanic Community Services - 405 Grove Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, dial 707-433-6652 for applications on programs
Anthony Soto Employment Training Centers (ASET), 1468 Sky Harbor Drive, Olivehurst, CA  95961 telephone 530-741-2924
Stockton ASET Center, 2895 Teepee Drive, Stockton, California 95205, 209-235-2070

By Jon McNamara

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