Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County.

Needy and struggling families can turn to the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County. The non-profit can provide some short term, emergency aid and refer clients to other resources in California. Everything from housing and rent issues are addressed up through education. Case mangers work with clients to put them into position where they can help themselves.

Rent assistance and housing programs

Homeless prevention is offered from the HCA - Rental Assistance program. It operates county wide and can help with paying both monthly rent costs and security deposits. As funding allows, the maximum grant available for rent and deposits are $600 and $1,000 respectively, however those amount can change. More information, including on the application process, is available at the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, 1300 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, California. There are a couple sessions per week in which people can get information.

Proof of hardship is needed when applying, including copy of Rental Agreement, Proof of income (TANF, check stubs, SSI, unemployment, etc.), ID, and the completed HCA Rental/ Security Deposit application.

Path to Housing Stability, or PATHS, is a resource that coordinates short-term shelter for women at Sloan House. The non-profit also offers transitional housing for low income families and case managers offer community outreach to the homeless and people facing imminent eviction. Comprehensive case management support is provided to all Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County clients.

Other services

Educational support from Workplace Family Literacy Program is offered in partnership with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce WHEEL program. The focus is on assisting low-income, Spanish-speaking residents and showing them the importance of reading.





Youth Programs are offered in close partnership with non-profit community-based organizations and schools in the county of Sonoma. CAP provides Youth Programs which build life, support academic success, and offer leadership skills. The agency will help out-of-school youth get back on track to finish their high school GED diploma and get ready to enter the workplace. The key Youth Programs partners include the City of Santa Rosa, John Muir Charter School, Santa Rosa City School District, and the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Dental assistance and Pediatric Oral Health will assist in fighting the problem of uninsured and low income pediatric dental diseases. It is offered as a preventative oral health program to the low income and poor. It is available in collaboration with community clinics as well as the Sonoma County Women, Infants and Children program. It offers parent education in dental screening, oral health, cleanings and treatment referral for very young children.

Individual Development Accounts (IDA) were created to serve as special savings accounts and they were designed to assist low income people and those facing poverty. The extra savings and funds can help them get on a path toward asset ownership through financial education and matched savings. The IDAs reward the monthly savings of people who are planning to improve a small business, buy their first home, or pay for college.

These Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP) coordinated IDA programs help people to save money. The creation of assets will help them move out of poverty, buy a home, or start a business. Cash savings enable people to plan for the future, achieve stability, and rebuild credit. The Individual Development Accounts do a great job in offering financial education and offering an incentive to save and create personal assets.





Financial Literacy and Money Management is offered as a free class. It provides clients with the practical tools, guidance and information to make sound financial decisions. Advice will help them reduce debts and improve their financial situation. Participants will be able to track their expenses, set financial goals, assess current spending habits, and review their credit reports. This is offered for the low to moderate income in Sonoma County California.

Personal Money Management Course is another option for youth and adults. It is a seven-week session on understanding and managing personal finances and budgets.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, offers Sonoma County families with free income tax assistance. This is both preparing and filing their state and federal taxes. Learn about programs such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as well.

Federally funded Head Start / Early Head Start centers serve as the regions child and family development programs. It is for children under the age of 5 and their parents. Funding comes from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

The main goal of the Head Start program is to promote school readiness by enhancing the cognitive, educational and social development of children. This is done by the provision of educational, nutritional, health, social and other services.

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County also partners with other local non-profit community agencies and resources to provide comprehensive services to the children and low income families in areas such as free health care, dental, nutrition, social, mental health, special education for the disabled. Parent participation is also key in Head Start.

Location of Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County is 1300 N. Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401. Call (707) 544-6911.



By Jon McNamara

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