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Fresno County rent assistance programs.

Locate information on Fresno County long term as well as emergency rental assistance programs. Several charities, churches, and government social service offices in the city as well as county provide help. There may be grants or loans to pay back rent, moving costs, security deposits as well as other housing expenses in Fresno.

Many of the agencies also give referrals and information on local rental services or housing assistance programs. However some of the Fresno County organization may be able to provide direct financial assistance for paying rent. Or they offer low income tenants, families and the vulnerable a host of other eviction prevention services as well as free counseling.

For those that are currently homeless the agencies may have information on transitional housing units or security deposit help as well. Also learn about federal government housing as well as other rent assistance programs that focus on the low income, such as section 8 housing vouchers. There is also support for people on the verge of homelessness, including general Fresno area low income housing.

Fresno Citadel Worship Center - The non-profit family service center helps the low income and working poor meet needs through offering emergency rent assistance, food, energy and utility assistance; transitional housing, and low income housing. Fresno, CA (559) 233-0139

Sanctuary Transitional Living Centers 1 & 2 - Work with case manager to get access to supportive services to assist youth in finding permanent low income housing and achieving self-sufficiency over long term. 1046 T Street Fresno California, 93721 Phone: 268-1045

Catholic Charities
149 N. Fulton St.
Fresno California, 93701 Phone: 559-237-0851
This agency provides social services and various forms of assistance to those people in need of help, including information on rent help. Services include senior care programs and they are a great place to call for information and guidance. More on Fresno County Catholic Charities.




Sanctuary Youth Shelter
Address - 1545 N Street
Fresno California, 93721
Phone: 800-820-4968, 498-8543
Basic services provided by this shelter to qualified individuals include emergency shelter and housing, food, clothing, counseling, and general crisis intervention support.

Fresno County United Way (559.244.5710) runs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The program was created as a result of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the program can provide rent assistance, shelter, free food and housing supportive services for the nation’s people in a hardship or facing an eviction, or who are having general housing difficulties.

Evangelicals for Social Action Love INC has limited funds, and will pay at most 10% of the balance of rent due. Payments are made directly to a landlord or apartment community. There may also be referrals to services and financial assistance for needs such as shelter, non-profits for paying rent, employment, and more. In some cases a loan may be issued for homeless prevention programs. Dial 559-224-9599.

Marjaree Mason Center
1600 M Street
Fresno CA 93721 Phone: 233-4357 (HELP)
Call this hotline for information crisis intervention, assistance, referrals to housing and rent programs, and legal support.

Fresno County Children and Family Services (559-253-9560) as well as Planning and Development / Housing Division ((559) 621-8358) offers rent help from the government Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.





Salvation Army
811 S. Parallel Avenue, Fresno California, 93721 Phone: 490-7020
1854 Fulton Street, Fresno, CA 93721, phone (559) 233-0139
The Salvation Army of Fresno offers various forms of financial and non-financial assistance and support. Housing expenses, emergency rent assistance, and resources to prevent evictions are all provided by the charity organization. Get help with bills, rent, and other forms of financial and non-financial support and forms.

Family Centers are located across Fresno County. There is the North Star, West Fresno location, and others. Everything from loans to counseling, money for housing (rent or mortgages), food, energy, and other expenses. Call this location at (559) 233-0138

Kingsburg Community Center of Kingsburg California ((559) 897-7961) offers Rental Assistance for Kingsburg resident only. Other financial aid including food and utilities may also be available.

Fresno City and County Housing Authorities. The main office is at 1331 Fulton St, Fresno, California 93721. This is a government agency that administers public housing, homeless prevention programs and also the California section 8 housing assistance programs. There is often a waiting list. There are section 8 homes for the low income, families in poverty and others. Dial 559-443-8400 for information on section 8 vouchers for the City/County as well as other housing resources.

Homeless Prevention Programs are operates across the region. Using federal government grants, assistance ranging from rent help to legal aid, emergency shelter, and case management is provided. Support is for Fresno County families with a source of income so they can pay future rental costs and applicants can be veterans, single parent, seniors, or others. More on homeless and eviction help in Fresno.

Turning Point of Central CA
Phone: 233-2663
Provide counseling, a 30 bed shelter, and other forms of housing guidance. Case mangers from the non-profit work with people for long term self-sufficiency.

Refugees or Asylum seekers only can apply for financial aid, housing, shelter, rent or security deposit help at Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM). They also offer other support, such as PG&E bill programs, furniture, clothing and other supplies. The goal is to help refugees stay housed, stop homelessness, and give rent help. Address is 1940 North Fresno Street, CA 93703, Phone - 559-487-1500.

Fresno Department of Social Services (DSS) provides information on low cost housing, shelters, and homeless prevention. CalWorks can be used for paying rent or mortgages. There may be emergency, free hotel vouchers. Or learn about government grants for utilities, back rent, storage costs and more. DSS address is 3500 Never Forget Lane, Clovis, CA 93612. For intake call 559-600-1377.

Fresno Rescue Mission
310 G Street
Fresno California, 93716
Phone - 268-0839
The rescue mission provides access to emergency shelter for families and children, men, and the services focus on those with an emphasis on faith based assistance. For those exiting homeless and seeking permanent housing, the charity organization may have referrals to loan programs to pay first months rent or a security deposit on a new apartment in Fresno County.

Society of Saint Vincent Fresno County has volunteers that raise money from the community and sale of goods. There may be emergency rent or energy assistance, vouchers to buy furniture, free households supplies and other housing support. People of all ages, ethnicities, and ages can get rent, deposit help, basic needs, and access to help. Continue with St. Vincent de Paul Fresno County rental assistance.

Central California Legal Services has free pro-bono lawyers, attorneys, and legal staff. They help the low income, immigrants, and seniors. Services include free eviction defense, help in applying for section 8 housing rent subsidies, legal aid to address housing discrimination and more. The free legal office is at 2115 Kern Street, Fresno, CA 93721. For details on the free help, call (800) 675-8001.







Fresno County Bar Association - Offers some clients a free, 30 minute or so session on their legal needs. An attorney who has expertise can address housing or other civil matters. There will also be free legal clinics in Fresno County. They can offer information on stopping evictions as well as home buying programs. Telephone number is 559-264-0137.

California Rural Legal Assistance helps low income families, including immigrants, migrant farm workers and Spanish speakers. They can assist with evictions, housing discrimination, accessing benefits such as section 8, and more. Also free get representation or legal aid for resolving rent or landlord disputes. The CRLA firm is at 2115 Kern Street, Fresno, California, 93721. Call 559-441-8721.

Seniors or disabled in Parlier may get help with rent from the local non-profit center. It only supports that town, and emergency aid or grants may be offered to qualified low income families. 559-646-3545.


By Jon McNamara

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