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El Dorado County assistance programs.

Assistance from Community Action Agency

The following programs are offered by the El Dorado County Department of Community Services, which can be reached at (530) 642-7300.

Energy and utility bill assistance - A federal government funded program that provides for the direct payment of energy, heating, and utility bills. This utility bill assistance program was created to help low to moderate income eligible families and households in offsetting the cost of paying for their cooling and/or heating bills. If you apply and are found to be qualified, the people in the program may have have specific dollar amounts credited to their utility or energy accounts. Or they may receive free heating fuel.

General assistance program - The El Dorado County General Assistance Program helps the low income, unemployed and indigent. The program is a so called repayable assistance program that was created to provide help to assist indigent families, individuals and adults with meeting their basic needs by providing vouchers that can be used to pay for housing expenses, utilities, rent, personal needs and transportation.

Section 8 vouchers and homeless prevention services - While resources are limited, and there is often a waiting list, there may be rent subsidized, low income homes available. County funds may also be issued to pay a portion of a security deposit, energy bill, or monthly rent payment for qualified low income or formerly homeless families.




The government agency can offer help for other needs as well. It is recommended that Placerville and El Dorado County families call them for information or referrals. However, other services include cash grants from CalWORKs , health and medical care (Medi-Cal) or food stamps. Various job training and placement programs can assist the underemployed as well. Read more.

Help for health care needs and services

Agency for Hearing focuses on people who need help for hearing needs. The non-profit agency provides hearing services to meet the needs of low income seniors, children, and families. They run a hearing aid loan program that provides used hearing aids to eligible low income individuals.





Free legal programs

Legal Services of Northern California provides low income individuals with free legal assistance. Attorneys focus their services in the areas of health, housing, foreclosures, education, family law, consumer debt issues, income maintenance, employment, and civil rights. (916) 551-2150

HUD mortgage counseling

If you are behind or you soon be struggling with paying your mortgage, ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions, may be able to help. Contact the non-profit agency to meet with a Certified Housing Counselor who will sit down with you and thoroughly evaluate and review your personal financial situation. After the session they will provide you with free advice on how to avoid default of your mortgage, a home foreclosure, or bankruptcy. In addition, the counselor may decide your best solution is for them to work together with you and your lender or mortgage holder. If they take this approach the housing counselor will assist you in resolving your mortgage situation. The credit counseling and HUD approved agency will do whatever they can to help you prevent a foreclosure, and get back on track with your mortgage. 877-422-9041

Debt assistance and credit counseling

Meet with a credit counselor from ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (phone 877-422-9041) who will go over your situation for free. They will help you develop a budget, determine your current debt obligations, and put together a plan of action. Some of the options may include a debt management plan, or assistance in negotiating with your creditors.




Basic needs and financial help in Placervillle

Salvation Army Family Services provides various programs in El Dorado County, as resources allow. The resources can include referrals to summer camp for children or emergency utility or housing assistance. The center also has information on regional shelters and transitional housing programs, free Christmas toys and meals, and a food pantry. They may also have information on loan programs for bills, case management services, and other support. More on El Dorado County Salvation Army assistance programs.

El Dorado County Christmas assistance programs - Qualified applicants, who are early enough, may get free Christmas gifts for their kids. There are also services for Spanish speakers and single moms. Other holiday resources include meal boxes, free boxes of groceries, toys, and much more. Find El Dorado County Christmas assistance.

Free food and groceries

Turn to the Food Bank of El Dorado County. This food assistance agency provides emergency food and groceries assistance to low income, unemployed and other qualified El Dorado County residents who are in need of free food. The agency provides its services through a network of 40 local "Partner Charities” and non-profits. 530.621.9950.

Job finding assistance programs

The Urban League provides basic job training and job placement, education, life skills, career development, and other relevant services to the unemployment, youth, displaced adult workers and others throughout the Sacramento MSA. (916) 286-8674




By Jon McNamara

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