San Bernardino emergency assistance.

The low income, seniors, and disabled in San Bernardino California can receive emergency assistance from a number of services. Programs and social services administered include the General Relief Program, food stamps, medical and health insurance, housing and rent, and more. Below are details on the various programs available to people who need help.

Families with little or no income, or single individuals who are struggling through a difficult period, may be able to get help from the Food Stamp Program. The local social services in San Bernardino administer the program, accept applications, and determine eligibility. The resource is a nutritional assistance program that was created to assist people across the county, whether they are single or if they have families with children. It is funded by federal government dollars and grants. The county will provide participants in the food stamp program with an EBT Card, which is used just like a bank debit or credit card at most local food stores or grocery stores.

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) helps low income families and individuals deal with a housing emergency. The government organization runs self-sufficiency programs, facilitates affordable and safe housing and apartments, and can direct people to emergency rental assistance. They also help individuals apply for public housing such as section 8 housing vouchers and housing for the disabled. Dial 909.890.9533 for emergency rent and housing assistance.

Receive financial assistance in paying for child care. A resource known as the TAD Child Care program provides cash to child care providers in San Bernardino, and it is funded by the state of California Social Services. The focus is to provide money for parents who are in need and who are also in an approved job training or work program. This will help parents focus on the job they have and training vs. needing to worry about the child care bills and expenses. Payments are reimbursed for child care services provided and are paid directly to the provider and not to the family.

San Bernardino General Relief Program can help with a number of bills and expenses. Apply for low interest loan assistance, and help is offered for working poor, low income and indigent individuals and families, and aid is focused on people who need financial help for rent or housing, free food, and/or transportation. General Relief is directly managed by the county and not by any state or federal government programs.





Health care and medical bills can be paid for by the The Medi-Cal program. The statewide program pays for health care for certain uninsured and needy residents of California. While the focus is on children and pregnant women in San Bernardino, medical assistance is also offered for public assistance recipients. Medi-Cal is supported by federal government and state of California taxes.

Emergency Cash Aid Program for Immigrants – San Bernardino immigrants who are disabled, blind, or elderly may qualify for aid from this service. Since these immigrants are not generally eligible for the Federal SSI/SSP program due solely to their immigrant status, this cash assistance is intended to help them by offering cash grants for bills, housing, utilities, food, and more. This resource runs by itself, and is run independent of other government social services.

Financial assistance for bills and Welfare-to-Work services can be obtained from the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program. This is a time-limited program that provides financial assistance and cash grants to families with children. The family needs to be struggling due to reasons such as an unexpected job loss, the death, incapacity, unemployment/underemployment, or continued absence of one or both parents. Funds can help pay rent, energy bills, medical costs and food, and more. Also Homeless Assistance and prevention services are included in this program.

Call the San Bernardino County social services at (909) 388-0245 for more information on these or other emergency assistance programs.




By Jon McNamara

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