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Rent and housing assistance in Merced County.

Several agencies in Merced County provide rental assistance to both families facing eviction as well as housing for the currently homeless. While these are resources that may be able to help, it is important to note that most of them are focused on certain individuals or situations. For example, there may be instances in which only veterans or seniors may qualify for help with their rent, or maybe parents with children can receive a motel voucher.

The non-profits below may be able to assist. If one agency can't help with a request for a security deposit or rent, then the staff at the non-profit may offer referrals to other Merced County programs. Many of them are also part of the Continuum of Care, which is the main homeless prevention organization in the county. The funding for that agency, as well as many others, often relies on federal grants.

Whether someone is homeless or on the verge of an eviction, the primary places for everything from financial aid to emergency shelters are below. In almost all cases, any funds are also combined with staff providing ongoing support to prevent future struggles.

Valley Crisis Center
Mailing address - 1960 P St
Merced, California 95340
Phone - (209) 722-4357
Only victims of domestic violence can use the housing resources, such as shelter. There is support for both women and children.

Catholic Charities affiliated churches
336 West Main Street
Merced,  California
Phone – 383-2494
Funds for rent or housing is very limited, and they may use loans in some cases. Other assistance includes payee services for seniors or disabled, basic needs such as furniture or clothes, and more.

D Street Shelter at Merced County Community Action Agency
Location is 317 E. 15th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Dial 209-725-8188
Another program is the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.




Merced County Human Services Agency
2115 W. Wardrobe Ave
The government agency provide motel or hotel vouchers, grants for rental expenses, section 8 vouchers, deposit help, and referrals. They also support CalWORKS clients. After the residents has found affordable, permanent housing, families can receive one time assistance with a security deposit as well as application fees.

Merced County Rescue Mission
1921 Canal St
Merced, CA 95340
For details, dial (209) 722-9269
Transitional housing is on site.

Central California Legal Services
Address is 1640 N St #200
Merced, California 95340
(209) 723-5466
Free legal aid can help low income families facing eviction.

Shelter for men is at Hobie House (1301 Yosemite Parkway, Merced, call 722-6335) or the women shelter is at Tranquility Village at 559 Mendocino Court in Atwater. Phone – 357-5200.

Aspiranet - Transitional Housing
3360 N. Hwy 59
Merced, CA
They only help Merced County residents under the age of 24.

Resources for Independence
710 W 18th Street Ste 5
Merced, CA 95340
Phone – 209-383-168
The disabled can call for housing programs. Emergency shelter, rent, low income subsidies, and job placement may be arranged.




JMJ Maternity Homes
Pregnant women, including single parents, can apply for housing.

Veterans can apply for HUD-VASH Program
Veterans and their families can apply for government grants and other support, ranging from emergency rent help to case management or legal aid.


By Jon McNamara

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