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Financial assistance from Sacramento County Salvation Army.

A brief summary of the financial resources and emergency assistance programs provided by the Salvation Army in Sacramento are listed below. Everything from funds to pay rent and utilities, free food, to vouchers for medication or gasoline is offered. There are also seasonal resources in Sacramento County CA, ranging from free school supplies to summer camp for kids, Christmas gifts and Thanksgiving turkey boxes. Find more details on Sacramento County CA Salvation Army assistance programs below.

Priority is given to the most vulnerable in the community, including children, seniors, and the disabled. As unfortunately the Sacramento County Salvation Army can’t meet demand on their own. As most of the assistance is the result of money raised from the thrift Store, or donations.

Free food, emergency financial aid, and Salvation Army Social Services

Free food boxes are provided at most centers, however there will be limits. For example, most of the Salvation Army corporation centers in Sacramento limit the boxes to 6 times per year with 30-day waiting period between applications. The amount of food will also vary, and some boxes may contain a few days worth of groceries, rice, breads, and other perishable food items. Some locations will only provide contents that are non-perishable items.

The eligibility criteria will also vary. An applicant will normally need to bring a photo ID, proof of income, and Social Security card, all of which are generally required for any Salvation Army social service programs. An individual will usually need to walk in for service, and also the number of food boxes provided varies with number of people in household, and the ages of those members too.

The Salvation Army of Sacramento also provides Christmas as well as Thanksgiving holiday programs. There are free toys at Christmas from Angel Tree, Thanksgiving meal boxes, Easter celebrations and more. Each one will focus on children and/or senior citizens in the community. Read more Salvation Army Christmas help.

Rental assistance can include move in, security deposits, and eviction avoidance resources. The Sacramento agencies will often require, among other things, that an applicant has a 3 day pay or quit notice from their landlord and also bring a copy of their complete rental agreement. So the individual needs to have some type of hardship documentation in order to have any chance to qualify for rental assistance.




Utility bill assistance is offered as well from programs including REACH PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric). Similar to above in that applicants need to have a current disconnect notice including a documented hardship, and the notice needs to be dated within the past 60 days. The Salvation Army application site in Sacramento will also require the applicant to have a monthly income and 2 pay stubs required. Any individual who receives section 8 housing vouchers will only receive utility assistance if they have elderly or disabled residents who live in the home.

They also offer assistance programs from local companies such as Energy HELP SMUD, and also Sacramento Municipal Utility District. In order to get aid for these companies, the customer must usually have a notice of termination of service or medical rate disconnect letter. Any monies paid out cannot be used towards paying reconnection fees or a deposit. More details California energy bill assistance.

City of Sacramento Water, Sewer & Garbage expenses can be paid for too. Applicants need to be a City of Sacramento resident/homeowner. They will need to prove that they are responsible for paying the utility bill, and copies of the bills and past due notices are required too.

Emergency disaster assistance is offered too. Victims of events such as fires, earthquakes, or floods can receive emergency food, clothing and incidental services, and the total amount paid out will usually be based on the number of people in a household. Applicants will need to be per-registered with Red Cross/FEMA, and any forms of financial assistance may be in the form of vouchers for these items.

Back to School uniforms, backpacks, shoes, and supplies are available in some seasons. The Salvation Army center in Sacramento collects donated items and partners with stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, and others to help students from families living in poverty. When the items do not meet the needs of the applicant, then vouchers maybe used to pay for clothing or items. Get details on how to apply for and find school supplies for free.

Sacramento Salvation Army transportation assistance may include Gasoline Vouchers or bus tickets or tokens. In order to apply for a gasoline voucher, the applicant needs to show current proof financial responsibility, they need to have California driver's license and also current auto registration.





Housing resources in Sacramento County from Salvation Army

Emergency Lodging/Shelter can include vouchers for Motels in Sacramento. Normally the stay is for a very short period of time, such as 1 to 3 nights. An individual applying needs to have a transition into housing pending or a referral from another community agency in the Sacramento area. In other words the person needs to have a plan in place for more stable housing. The Salvation Army will also only assist residents who live in the County of Sacramento.

Seniors and the elderly can access housing programs. There are of course income based housing (section 8) in California as well as supportive housing, that not only puts a roof over the elderly person’s head but also give them food, care, and companionship. Some of the housing in Sacramento may be low cost and the others may be free from the Salvation Army.

Sacramento County CA Salvation Army Family Service Centers

There are multiple locations around the county. Everything from financial help to thrift stores, cash aid, food, meals and more are offered. Case management is also arranged.

  • The Salvation Army Sacramento Family Services has another location too at 3213 Orange Grove Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660. The office number is (916)678-4010
  • 4350 Raley Blvd, Ste. 200, Sacramento, California 95838, dial (916) 678-4010
  • Salvation Army Little Lambs Growing Place, Child Development Center as well as Ray Robinson, Oak Park Community Center, 2550 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, California 95817, phone number is (916) 469-4600
  • Another site is at 10370 Old Placerville Rd, Mather, CA 95655. Call (916) 896-5926

By Jon McNamara


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