Oroville assistance programs.

Home repair and upgrades assistance

Homeowners in the city of Oroville California can receive low interest city loans of up to $60,000 to make necessary improvements, updates, and repairs to their homes. The low interest loan program is called the Oroville Housing Rehabilitation Program, and it can help people with a varity of situations, including it will assist homeowners who may be facing either health or safety problems, or if they have code violations that need to be repaired.

In addition, the low interest loans can help homeowners save money on their utility and energy bills by upgrading to new energy-efficient doors, windows, hot water heaters, adding additional insulation, and also upgrading their heating and air-conditioning.

In order to qualify for this assistance, the home has to be located within the city limits of Oroville, and be the home also must be owner-occupied with sufficient equity in the home. The Housing Rehabilitation Program offers a wide choice of flexible repayment plans that are based on the borrower's income. The repayment plans are available at a low 3 percent interest rate.

One of the leading places to turn to for help is the local Community Action Agency of Oroville. It is located at 2640 S. Fifth Ave., and can be called at (530) 712-2600. Examples of some of the services offered, as funding allows, are listed below. If you are going through a difficult period do not hesitate to call them for support.

  • Senior food programs include free or low cost meals. The agency, working with other organizations, can provide individuals with a healthy, noontime meal Monday through Friday. It is also offered for spouses as well, regardless of age. Not only is food served, but people also get a chance to meet others, enjoy recreational activities, and even have occasional workshops such as health checks.
  • If you can’t make it to a center, home delivered meals are available to those seniors who are disabled or ill. There are no income requirements to participate, and all Oroville residents are 60 years of age and older may participate. This may include special holiday assistance too.





  • While more limited, Utility Payment Assistance Programs may be provided by the agency or from government aid such as low income energy assistance. The Oroville Agency provides emergency utility bill payment assistance to income-eligible residents. The program can pay for heating or cooling source expenses including natural gas, wood, electric, propane and other fuel oil bills.
  • Other utility assistance is offered to. Residents can apply for weatherization, or maybe save 20% on their PG&E bill from the CARE Program! Specialists from the agency can help with all of these options and more.
  • Also get information on or apply for the CalFresh Program/ Food Stamps in Butte County. This is the state of California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and it can add to someone’s food budget. Working poor, low income families and children will be able to receive healthy food, perishable items, and more.
  • Information and advice is available. The community action agency is a great place to turn to for support and general advice. Staff work with those who are struggling or unemployed, and who are trying to regain a solid financial footing. Learn about, or apply for, homeless prevention services, public aid, and resources such as section 8 housing.
  • Another assistance program offered is operated by the Environmental and Energy Services Department. They oversee resources that that are both federal government and utility company funded. Assistance is available to people across Oroville and the county. Examples include weatherization and more.




By Jon McNamara

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