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Assistance programs San Bernardino County.

Find how to get financial help in San Bernardino County. Everything from grant money to help with paying rent to free food, medical care, electric bill help and much more is available. Low income families will get assistance from a charity, church or government agency, even with their mortgage or a security deposit. Get financial help near you in San Bernardino County CA below.

Immediate financial help is available along with free stuff. The programs include free health care clinics for people with no insurance, groceries to stop hunger, places that provide back to school supplies or Christmas gifts as well as low income housing units or furniture. Transportation is also a major need in San Bernardino County, and some agencies offer free cars or gas vouchers.

Community Action agency grant programs for financial assistance

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) offers social services, financial resources, and hardship grant programs that you can use to get help. Get help with paying energy or electric bills. There are free grants to assist with rent, food programs, and they can even help you develop skills to get a job. They also partner with other local organizations to provide even more aid. A sampling of what they offer is below, but contact them directly for more information or to apply.

  • Energy, education and conservation program are offered. This program is run by the CAPSBC agency and it will focus on lowering homeowners utility bills by installing free upgrades to your home. The program  can also provide direct cash grants to pay utility bills.
    • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)- This program provides a ~30% discount on your monthly electric or gas bill.
    • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)- Offers cash grants to helps relieve emergency and non-emergency situations. Community action programs free grant money to pay gas, light and utility bills for eligible customers. The funds can be used to ensure your service is not disconnected, or to just pay a regular monthly bill. Emergency HELP is also offered i nSan Bernardino County.




    • Weatherization Services Program - Your home will receive free energy saving improvements that will help lower your utility bill. The free updates include installation of applicable weatherization measures such as insulation, duct repair, filter replacement, heating units, etc. There will also be free window replacement grants. The result is that your home will be more comfortable and of course lower the cost of your monthly utility bills.
    • Internet programs - Community Action helps kids from low-income families get free internet for school or distance learning. There are government and corporate programs, and look here for free Internet for students by the government.
  • Rent Help is available to stop homelessness. The San Bernardino County Community Action Agency offers hardship funds and other services. They can offer section 8 housing, and also administer the federal government Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) or give referrals to local charities and housing agencies. If you are struggling with paying your rent, facing an eviction, need help with a security deposit, or even need assistance paying a utility bill, community action offers support.
    • The HUD funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program which can provide support ranging from moving cost help to Housing First, first months rent payment and eviction prevention. Funds can also be used to pay an energy bill, if the unpaid utility bills would otherwise result in you losing your home. Locate additional ways to get help with back rent.
  • CAPSBC Food programs. The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Food Assistance Program serves tens of thousands of low income families, homeless and people with no money each month. Get grocery boxes, produce, baby formula, eggs, gluten free food and more.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance - Grants, loans and funds are provided to people who are experiencing with an unexpected crisis situation from CAPSBC. Emergency assistance provided includes one time rent payments, food vouchers, shelter or mortgage assistance, bus passes, help from medical debt collectors, and more.

Contact the San Bernardino County Community Action Agency at 696 S. Tippecanoe Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408, and the phone number is 909-723-1500. They offer more services and assistance programs then is listed here. Get more details on the San Bernardino County Community Action Agency.





Help with utility bills, rent, and mortgage payments.

Catholic Charities covers the county. The charity is involved in helping residents (including migrant workers and single moms or dads) in San Bernardino County. Get free food aid, employment help, job training, power bills or rent assistance, and other services for locals. A goal is to stop evictions and foreclosure. Find other ways and get more information on mortgage help.

  • As funding allows, the charity has money to qualified local residents who are in need for rent help or access to low income, private apartments.
  • Also, low income people include seniors or the disabled can get utility and electric bill payments, including help for gas, water, light, heating and propane bills. A hardship program can provide immediate financial assistance with paying utility bills to prevent disconnection, or money is offered to reconnect services. Learn more on immediate hardship relief program.
  • Free motel and hotel vouchers, including for tonight, are sometimes offered from Catholic Charities in San Bernardino County. The program is  for those families and individuals who are facing eviction or are at risk of becoming homeless

Though most of the help provided is s a one-time fix, the grants and payments paid out, which the charities send directly to a bank, landlord, mortgage or utility companies are meant to help families on the brink of losing their homes, shelter, or prevent a utility shut off. Other resources for low income families includes free school supplies, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals and gifts, as well as assistance for immigrants. Location is 1859 Western Ave N, San Bernardino, CA 92411. Call (909) 880-3625, or click here for details on Catholic Charities in San Bernardino.

Financial help in San Bernardino CountySan Bernardino County Salvation Army provides emergency help. There are programs for the unemployed, low-income, substance abusers, homeless and others. Hardship funds, free clothes, food, gas vouchers and more is offered.

  • They help low income and struggling families is the San Bernardino area.  As funding allows, this charity agency will also help as many individuals in need as possible. Some of the assistance programs offered including financial help for back rent and utility bills
  • Items passed out include free holiday gifts and meals, access to a food pantry, vouchers for medications, and much more. Some appliances programs are offered for free too, and look here for non-profits that help with appliances.
  • They also operate homeless shelters, can provide free back to school supplies or books, and offer motel vouchers among many other programs.

Also try the Ontario California Salvation Army for assistance (Dial (909) 986-6748), Salvation Army - Redland ((909) 792-6868, or the Salvation Army - Pomona ((909) 623-1579). Or try (909) 888-1336 or (909) 792-6868). Read more on these various programs at the Salvation Army San Bernardino assistance programs.

Family Service Association of Redlands (phone (909) 793-2673) offers people basic life services for low-income, unemployed and other qualified individuals, including homeless families or single adults. Some of the services and financial assistance offered include Case Management, food, rent help, or vouchers for clothing,. There is also referral to no wait list housing and limited medical bill assistance. The non-profit is at 612 Lawton St, Redlands, CA 92374.




Inland Valley Hope Partners is a partnership of local churches, business, and non-profits that have combined services to provide people with help. Among the resources offered include rent and mortgage payment assistance, money for utility bills, and free food. They cover all of San Bernardino County, including  Pomona and Ontario California. Call (909) 622-3806. Find more details on Inland Valley Hope Partners assistance programs.

Operation Provider ((909) 337-8585) offers basic needs assistance. A major focus is on helping seniors, veterans and the disabled keep their power on. There are applications including access to the Electric and Gas Assistance Fund (EAF & GAF). The charity is at 26525 Pine Ave, Rimforest, CA 92378.

Samaritans Helping Hand, which is based in Victorville, provides assistance to San Bernardino families. They provide utilities payments for homes, local bus day passes, food and meals, greyhound tickets, prescription medications, and clothing. Free motel six or Red Roof inn rooms are available too. The location is 15527 8th St, Victorville, CA 92395. Call the non-profit at (760) 243-5933, or learn more on programs from Samaritans Helping Hand.

Loans and cash - Find lenders that focus on everyone from low income families to moderate income households. Both non-profits and private companies, such as payday lenders, may provide money to help pay bills and other expenses. Clients can include Spanish speakers, the disabled, single parents, and others. Find emergency cash loans in San Bernardino County.

Family Development is a program that can offer both emergency financial support as well as extensive case management. All resources are limited and conditions apply, but there may be government grants for bills and other basic needs. The San Bernardino FDP program may offer.

  • Transportation, including gasoline vouchers or bus passes. They can also help people get help with car loan payments, including traffic tickets. Locate programs to help pay off traffic tickets.
  • Eviction prevention in the form of funds to pay a partial mortgage or rent payment.
  • Transitional Housing for the homeless and assistance with security deposits.
  • They direct commuters to free cars from charity organizations.

Much more is offered too, such as free Christmas assistance, job placement, savings including Asset Building and other aid. Read more San Bernardino Family Development.

Hearts and Lives - This Blue Jay California located agency provides emergency food vouchers. Or get money for utility bills, information and referral to federal government programs, case management and other social services. Call (909) 337-9922.

Community Development and Housing - San Bernardino County (phone 909-382-3983 or 909-501-0600) runs the homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. It is funded by federal dollars, and can help families avoid an eviction from their home or apartment. They also help people, including those with past evictions or bad credit, find a place to live or rent in San Bernardino County.

  • The government agency can also arrange transitional housing along with emergency funds for vulnerable, such as disabled or single parents in the area.  The location is 560 East Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0043. Read San Bernardino Community Development and Housing.

Desert Sanctuary Inc. - Services offered to those who have experienced domestic violence includes legal advocacy, housing and shelter, food, child care, clothing, and job finding services. They also help women who were trafficked or asylum seekers. Location is 703 E. Main St., Barstow, CA  92311. Dial (760) 256-3733







Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board can help with housing concerns. It is a Housing and Urban Development approved agency that can advise on the section 8 rent assistance program, offer home loan default counseling and information on reverse mortgages, and other support.

  • The non-profit can help the less fortunate in the community. They refer people to the Rapid Re-housing and Homelessness Prevention program. This provides immediate rental assistance, home ownership counseling, short term case management, and referral assistance. Get information on local emergency shelters, free food pantries, and legal assistance in San Bernardino. Address is 1500 S Haven Ave, Ontario, CA 91761. Call 760-256-7779 or  (909) 984-2254 for details.

Hearts and Lives – A San Bernardino County non-profit that offers healthy family and Medicaid programs (Med-Cal). There is also limited free food and gas vouchers, and emergency rent help. Other resources may be WIC assistance, referrals and also case management. They may facilitate low interest rate loans for paying rental costs. Location is 24028 Lake Dr., Crestline, California, 92325. Call 909-338-3222.

Family Service Agency San Bernardino - Offers Utility Assistance Fund (EAF & GAF) as well as food. They also help the entire family, including new parents, but such services as given them referrals to free baby supplies near them. Or get free baby furniture, cribs, car seats and diapers in San Bernardino County. The office is at 1669 N. E Street, San Bernardino, California 92405. Call (909) 886-6737.

Mary’s Mercy Center administers many services for families in poverty, immigrants, and the homeless. Most of the resources include hot meals or boxes of food. However the St. Joseph's Clothes Closet may have free diapers, baby formula, and school supplies too. The faith based charity may also direct clients to short term transitional housing, or offer money as a form of emergency financial support. More on Mary’s Mercy Center resources.

Desert Manna provides assistance in San Bernardino County. For those that qualify, funds may be available for paying utility bills for Edison Electric customers only. Other assistance programs available from the charity include a clothing closet for those who can’t afford items on their own. Groceries may be offered from a pantry or the USDA food commodities program. An emergency shelter and shower facilities are located on site. Call 760-256-7797 for details and hours of these resources.

United States Veterans Initiative is for military members, veterans and their immediate family members. Resources offered address homeless prevention and try to ensure housing stability of low income families. Financial assistance may be offered for security deposits, rent, utilities, moving costs and more. There are applications to SSVF and HUD-VASH in San Bernardino County too. Call this Colton California based agency at 951-999-9115 or (951) 877-3993.

SVDP has two locations in San Bernardino County. One Society of Saint Vincent has a thrift store which sells gently used items to the public. There is also a free food pantry, volunteer walks to help the poor, financial aid, as well as resources for immigrants, Spanish speakers as well as others. There are thrift stores, free clothing and furniture banks and grants. Read more on assistance from Society of Saint Vincent San Bernardino County.





San Bernardino Department of Aging and Adult Services can provide information as well as financial assistance to the disabled and senior citizens. Government benefits, senior or care giving programs and more.

Other resources include in home support, housing, and much more. Or find free money for the government for seniors over the age of 60. The elderly, their spouses and physically and/or mentally disabled can use the Adult Services. Office address is 784 E Hospitality Ln, San Bernardino, CA 92415, phone 909-891-3900. Or read help for seniors in California.

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino oversees many federal and state of California government housing resources. These include the Tenant Based Assistance Program (TBA) as well as section 8 vouchers. They can also coordinate Senior and Public Housing, the program known as Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH). Call 909-890-9533 for information, or read more on the housing authority of San Bernardino.

  • Low income housing resources are extensive. Those that were evicted, facing a crisis, or the homeless can use an emergency shelter. Other resources in San Bernardio County include low income housing and so called transitional housing programs. Families can also work with a case manager on locating and paying the rent on a new home r apartment as well. Continue with low income and transitional housing in San Bernardino.

Family Assistance Program is a resource that provides a number of services, one of which is emergency help with paying rent. Note that funding is limited. Other resources include English As A Second Language and the possibility of natural gas and electricity bill assistance. The center is located at 15075 7th St, Victorville, CA, 92392. Telephone 760-843-0701.

Mountain View Community Church - Get help paying gas bills. There are transportation programs, car ministries and social services from 8833 Palmetto Ave., Fontana, California 92335. Call (909) 357-9377. Get more details on car ministry program near you.

Another Way provides assistance and referrals for the unmet needs for income qualified residents with developmental disabilities. Programs funded include utility bill assistance, grants for paying rent, free food, burial assistance, help for medical/dental services and support for immigrants. 1365 S Waterman Ave, San Bernardino, California, 92408, call 909-890-3045 for intake.




Lutheran Social Services of San Bernardino - The non-profit charity can assist the less fortunate. Outreach, referrals, job placement advice and case management is available. The goal is to get families and those that are struggling back on the path to self-sufficiency.

  • More limited, one-time emergency financial assistance may be offered as well. Some San Bernardino California families will qualify for support such as money for rent, energy bills, clothing, or food. Other housing resources may be shelter, funds for security deposits, and transitional housing for the homeless. Get more details on programs from Southern California Lutheran Services.

DAP Health - Desert Aids Project helps HIV patients and their families. The center may have government benefits and financial counseling, free food, low income housing assistance, or free legal counseling. There is also income based supportive housing and case management. There may also be transportation to appointments, including dental care and other support. Call 760-323-2118.

Inland Legal Aid - Low income families that can’t afford an attorney can apply for help. Paralegals, students, or an attorney will assist with various civil issues. Clients can receive free support in contesting a foreclosure or an eviction. Consumer credit issues, such as illegal debt collection tactics can be assisted. Free pro-bono lawyers will also advise San Bernardino families on appealing disability or unemployment denials, and assist in other ways. More on Inland and San Bernardino legal aid.

HomeStrong USA (call (877) 647-8764) helps low income families and the working poor buy a home. There may be low cost loans, home buying or mortgage assistance, budgeting, counseling and more. The aim is to help people in a financial hardship with homeownership. Office is at 10134 6th St, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.

Assistance from a San Bernardino church - Contact a regional parish to learn about (or apply for) some or all of the following. Rental and energy bill assistance, after school care for kids, free food, clothes, and much more. Churches may also have volunteers that deliver meals or fix cars on their behalf. Click here San Bernardino church programs.

Government and Cash Assistance - The County Human Services departments offers public aid and government resources for low income families. The office runs both state of California and federal government programs, including HEAP, weatherization, Medi-Cal, food stamps, and CalWORKs. Cash and grants can be provided for basic needs as well as longer term job training and self-sufficiency. Continue with public assistance San Bernardino.

  • Social services and financial aid - Several other government funded programs are available for the needy across San Bernardino. Find how to get help with bills and other basic needs from the county. Read more San Bernardino emergency assistance.

A number of non-profits and government programs that offer rent help also operate in the San Bernardino County. Low income tenants, immigrants, the homeless and single mothers (among others) may get emergency funds or loans for paying housing as well as rental expenses. More on San Bernardino County rent assistance programs.

  • HUD grants and Continuum of Care affiliated agencies assist with housing issues. Whether it is direct financial help to stop an eviction, or access to a low income apartment, support is offered. Charities may also offer legal aid, free vouchers for a hotel, applications to section 8 housing, supportive housing units for the disabled, and other resources. Locate various San Bernardino County programs to stop eviction.




Free stuff for low-income families in San Bernardino County

Free Christmas gifts, food and meals are widely available across San Bernardino County. Some churches or charities will even hold holiday parties. Some of the main beneficiaries are children and the elderly or disabled that are homebound. Free toys, home delivered meals and food baskets may be offered. Click more San Bernardino County free Christmas programs.

  • The Salvation Army also has many free holiday programs, including Angel Tree. There are gifts for kids, clothes, Xmas decorations and more. The applications come out early in the season, and locate a Salvation Army angel tree program application.

Students from K through 12 can get free back to school supplies, clothes, and hygiene supplies. Several seasonal programs are run. Immigrants, low income households, Spanish speakers and others can attend an event for school items such as gently used/refurbished laptops, book bags, backpacks and other goods. More on free back to school supplies in San Bernardino County.

Free basic needs, clothing, furniture or holiday aid - Dozens of non-profits, churches, and community agencies distribute free goods and vouchers to the needy. Receive free work clothes, school supplies, holiday assistance, baby items and more. Or get household furnishings at free furniture banks. Continue to find free clothes, furniture and school supplies in San Bernardino County.

San Bernardino County free health care and medical clinics

There are several different facilities that people can turn to throughout the county for low cost or free medical and dental care. These clinics will usually never turn anyone away, but they do focus on the unemployed, low income, and people with no or poor health insurance. There is also free medical for immigrants, seniors and kids. A listing of some of the agencies and clinics include:

  • Redlands Community Hospital Family Clinics - Call (909) 335-5799. The address is  802 W Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92374.
  • Social Action Community Health System - The location is 1455 E 3rd St, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Dial (909) 382-7100. They also give out free medical supplies, including breathing machines like a CPAP. Learn more how to get a free CPAP.
  • Inland Empire Community Clinic - Call (909) 877-0510 or (909) 708-8158
  • Victor Valley Community Services - Dial (760) 243-9646. Get medical, dental or behavioral health from 16692 Mojave Dr, Victorville, CA 92395.

This is just a sampling. Call them to make appointments, or learn more about their services. They may also be able to refer you to other medical assistance programs, including federal and California programs. Other free medical and dental centers help the uninsured and people on Medii-cal. Or find more on San Bernardino free community clinics.

Crisis assistance for food or meals

Several San Bernardino charities and non-profits can provide emergency food assistance for those crisis’s that can arise, such as a job loss or medical emergency. Contact any of these organizations to learn more about their services, including Cal-Fresh food stamps (SNAP). Learn more on a food stamps office for low income.

  • High Desert Second Chance Food Bank provides groceries and fresh produce to families in need. The location is 16666 Smoke Tree St, Hesperia, CA 92345. Phone: (442) 267-4444
  • Central City Lutheran Mission - A food pantry and soup kitchen are at 1354 N G St, San Bernardino, CA 92405. They feed the homeless, people with no money, migrants and others. Call (909) 381-6921
  • Westside Community Services food distribution center is at 1543 W 8th St, San Bernardino, CA 92411. Call (909) 384-5428
  • Samaritan Helping Hand (High Desert) has a pantry, soup kitchen and meal site. Call (760) 243-5933. The location is  15527 8th St, Victorville, CA 92395.
  • Chino Neighborhood House - All applications are in Spanish too. The address is 13130 6th St, Chino, CA 91710. Call (909) 628-5608
  • Church of the Nazarene - The charity is at 1605 N Sierra Way, San Bernardino, CA 92404. Call (909) 886-8104







There are dozens of other free food pantries or soup kitchens. Struggling families may receive groceries or applications to Cal Fresh, among other support. Or try them for a free Thanksgiving diner meal or holiday food box. Click here to find a listing of additional food banks, pantries, and distribution enters in San Bernardino California. They assist anyone in need. More on free food pantries in San Bernardino County.

Non-profit credit counselors and free debt assistance programs

The Money Fit of San Bernardino County provides free loan, debt, and mortgage payment help. Individuals can learn about debt consolidation programs, solutions that can help people get out of medical debt, and even solutions for bill collectors. There is information on filing bankruptcy, refi of auto loans and more. The agency even has HUD approved counselors that can provide alternatives to a foreclosure filing. Call ((800) 432-0310 for debt help.

Receive foreclosure prevention services from Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Inc. It is a HUD approved agency. The mortgage assistance and home loan programs they offer homeowners provides them with counselors to work with the borrower and the lender to reconcile payment difficulties to a mutual satisfaction. People can explore foreclosure prevention opportunities. The address is 845 Business Center Dr San Bernardino, CA 92408. They can even refer people to new programs like the California hardest hit fund. Call (909)-884-6891

Homeowners in San Bernardino can also contact Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, Inc. for foreclosure help. Among other resources and services they offer include mortgage default and foreclosure prevention. Learn about FHA loans, refinancing, and legal aid too. Phone (909) 988-5979. Many are also part of HUD counseling agencies.

San Bernardino residents need their cars to get back and forth to work. They rely on them for transportation. But some people struggle to keep up with the payments. There are programs available to help, and locate even such resources as assistance for paying car impound fees.


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