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Mendocino County assistance programs.

Housing and rent assistance

Mendocino County's Health and Human Service Agency is being awarded almost $1.7 million in federal government  economic recovery funds. The money will be used to help homeless families and individuals who are at risk of losing their housing or being evicted. Dial the agency at (707) 962-1000.

These federal government recovery funds will provide wide ranging financial assistance and other services intended to help individuals and families retain and find stable housing in they are in danger of losing their homes, or if they are homeless. The money can be used to provide short- or medium-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services including mediation, housing search, or outreach programs to property owners, credit repair, help with paying security or utility deposits, utility payments, rental grants and assistance, other homelessness prevention or rapid re-housing activities, and moving cost assistance.

This funding will be targeted at people who may lose their home, traditional homelessness plus people who may be recently homeless due to the housing crisis. In addition to this program, a separate, "neighborhood stabilization" program will also provides funding for people who are in danger of losing housing because of the mortgage credit crisis. Another assistance program from a 2006 voter initiative in California provides additional funding for housing assistance. This recovery act and the funding being provided is new to the state and Mendocino County.

This funding being provided to the county is the largest state allocation of any county in California.




Find help with food, housing, and electric bills in Mendocino

Willits Community Services - Runs an extensive number of assistance programs for the community. Housing and shelter is provided from the Motel Voucher Shelter Program, which is currently targeted towards low income resident households with minor children. People can get up to 5 nights of assistance.  REACH / HEAP provided utility bill assistance. Other aid includes free Food, Blankets, Information and Referral, Transportation, Prescription Medications, Baby Items for Willits and north county residents, and other low income programs. 229 E. San Francisco Street, Willits, California, 95490, phone 707-459-3333





The Salvation Army Reach Program can offer material support and financial aid, including rent, housing, and more. However their primary service is utility bill help. Qualified applicants can get up to pp to $350 in cash grants or Emergency Funds, and at most once per year. Senior Discounts and Monthly Low Income programs can be administered as well as part of Ukiah Cares. This local centers is also involved in offering free school supply shopping sprees, a summer camp for kids, and also toys from Adopt an Angel. More on the Mendocino County Salvation Army assistance programs.

When it comes to a grant from the Salvation Army church groups, the financial assistance is available only as long as there is funding and applies to electrical bills only. Keep in mind there is an application process, and contacting the Salvation Army does not guarantee assistance or prevent disconnection of service. Arrangements with the City of Ukiah Customer Service Department, (phone 463-6228), must be made too. 714 South State Street, Ukiah, CA, 95482, dial 707-468-9577 or 707-468-9577. Or find more Salvation Army programs in California.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) is offered from two locations. This resource can offer rental and housing assistance for those at/below 50% of the local median income level. The program can provide rental subsidies, utility assistance, loans or funds for security deposits, and other assistance for stabilization. Call or stop by.

  • Safe Passage Family Resource Center, 208 Dana Street, Fort Bragg, CA, 95437, 707-964-3077
  • Ukiah Community Center And Food Bank, 139B Ford Street, Ukiah, California, 95482

Anderson Valley Food Bank is run by St. Vincent De Paul Society. This charity will distribute free bags of food to low income persons on the third Tuesday of each month. Hwy. The address is 128 At Manchester Road, Boonville, CA, 95415, call 707-895-3887




Seventh-day Adventist Church - Ukiah also provides food, groceries, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and more. 151 Cherry Street, Ukiah, CA, 95482, telephone 707-459-4040

St. Vincent De Paul Society has another location at 900 South Oak Street, Ukiah, California, 95482, call 707-462-1431. Not only may groceries be given, but they also offer information on Cal-Fresh food stamps and holiday meal sites.

By Jon McNamara

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