Madera County assistance programs.
In an effort to help low income and working poor families, there is emergency financial help (rent, mortgages, or security deposits), free programs (health or dental care, food, clothes), job placement, credit counseling and more. Struggling Madera County families can turn to churches, charities, or non-profits for the assistance they need, whether it is a loan, grant, or free support.
Programs offered by the Community Action Partnership of Madera County
The first destination you should turn to is the Community Action Partnership of Madera County. This non-profit organizations runs several programs, and it also partners with other local charities and non-profits.
- Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) - This program helps people pay energy bills. It will help PG&E customers pay utility bills who are in a crisis situation, such as they have received a 48 hour disconnect notice or 15 day notice. It will also assist someone if their service has already been disconnected.
- Rent and housing assistance - The Community Action Partnership of Madera County partners with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and together they provide emergency assistance in the form of rent and eviction prevention vouchers. It can also provide shelter vouchers for individuals or families in need of help.
- Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) - This service provides federal and state government surplus commodities and groceries to low-income households. All food items distributed are nonperishable items and may vary from distribution to distribution. There are a total of six distributions that occur throughout the year, which is every other month.
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) - This is a federal government funded energy bill assistance program that is administered by the California Services and Development and local agencies throughout the state.
- Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) - If you need help find a place to bring your child for day care, or need to learn about how to pay for it (including California and federal government aid) this resource may be able to assist you. Work with a counselor to explore your options.
Health insurance and medical care - The community action agency runs the Healthy Families Program. This medical/health insurance program provides dental, health, and vision insurance to qualified children who do not have health or dental insurance and if they are not eligible for no-cost Medical from the state of California. The program helps parents get comprehensive and affordable health, dental, and vision insurance coverage for their children.
The Community Action Partnership of Madera County can be reached at (559) 673-9173. Call the agency to learn more about the programs offered or to apply for help.
Free food, groceries, and improve nutrition
The Madera County Food Bank is the place to go if you are struggling to feed your family. They distribute food to people in need using a variety of programs and sources. Get access to emergency food pantries that support ow income and unemployed. Another service offered is holiday food boxes, which take care of meals around the holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. Another program is in place for seniors, known as the brown bag program. You can dial the food pantry at (559) 674-1482 to learn more about the different options that you may have.
Emergency financial aid and social services
Salvation Army Centers offer a wide variety of assistance programs, resources, and referrals to low income and struggling families. In general, the applicant needs to be on the path to self-sufficiency in order to get assistance from the Madera County non-profit. As the Salvation Army has very limited resources and it doesn’t pay money out as a charity type program.
Those that are qualified may receive basic needs such as free food, clothing, or shelter. Other financial assistance can pay rent, utility bills, or maybe provide a medication. There are also free Christmas gifts for kids in Maderas County as well as back to school supply giveaway programs. Case managers also offer social services and case management. More information on Salvation Army assistance in Madera County.
Charities help during the holidays by offering everything from free food to meals, Christmas toys, gifts, and more. The assistance can come from a local church or non-profit, and there are also businesses and individual donations that help children get Christmas gifts or families get food. Find a list of Madera County free holiday programs.