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Assistance programs San Francisco County and city.

Find financial assistance with housing (rent, security deposits, and utility bills) along with free stuff or social services in San Francisco. Churches, the Human Service office, and charities (among other groups) help low income families. They also provide free food, clothes, transportation, and more. Get financial help near you in the city and county of San Francisco.

Assistance is available for people of all backgrounds, including the homeless, immigrants and in languages including Chinese and Japanese. Charities also give out free stuff, ranging from job placement services to school supplies, computers, or even Christmas gifts to children. There is also details on transitional housing programs for residents with a low income, SNAP Cal Fresh food stamps, and work from home jobs in San Francisco County. More details are below.

Emergency financial help for bills, housing and basic needs

The Salvation Army San Francisco - There are several locations of this charity in the county that can offer assistance, including electric bill help, free food boxes, housing, and case management. The Salvation Army and their emergency assistance as well as Family Services departments in San Francisco are committed to helping the low income.

  • Other programs include free meals from a soup kitchen as well as for homeless people. There are Christmas toys or holiday assistance, vouchers for medications or a tank of gas for work, and more. Students from low income households may also be give free school supplies, backpacks, shoes and other goods.
  • This agency provides social services, including rent help, funds for energy bills, food, and other resources. Or get free BART or SFMTA passes from the San Francisco Salvation Army.
  • It also offers disaster relief and youth services to the public, and refers people to other local charities and on-profits. Locations include.
    • 1450 Powell Street in Chinatown, call (415) 781-7360
    • Mission Corps at 1156 Valencia Street, phone number (415) 648-0260
    • 242 Turk Street is housing, call (415) 345-3414 or (415) 345-3400
    • 360 - 4th Street, phone (415) 777-2677
    • The main number is (415) 553-3568. Read more Salvation Army San Francisco assistance programs.




Lutheran Care for the Aging, which can be reached at (415) 441-7777, provides information about housing programs. There resources and services are for seniors, including those on social security or with disability payments. The agency can also offer limited emergency financial assistance for paying rent and other housing needs and temporary rental subsidies for qualified seniors and elderly.

  • There is also the Lutheran Social Services of San Francisco and Northern California is involved in offering self-sufficiency to tenants, the homeless, and people struggling with paying their rent. The organization also partners with a program known as Direct Access to Housing (DAH) in order to refer clients to affordable low income and/or transitional housing units in the San Francisco County area. A major focus is on single mothers or fathers, the elderly and disabled adults. Read assistance programs from Lutheran Services.

Rental and housing assistance is available. The government along with non-profits have funds to help those in need pay for housing costs. Money can come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), United Way, FEMA and others. The money is provided to help pay the rent or even utility or water bills for those on the verge of eviction. Get details on other San Francisco rent assistance.

  • The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) offers a housing assistance program to assist some of those families with staying off the street, but there is a limit to that help. The program is currently designed to offer short-term assistance. Those families who apply and are accepted into the program are helped with everything from computer training, credit repair, help finding a job, and even counseling. More long term help may soon be available. Call 415-701-5500 for more information or to apply, or click here for additional rent programs.
  • Locate Rapid Rehousing and help with an eviction - Another service is available across the county. Families that live in otherwise affordable housing, but they are facing a short term crisis, can be candidates for money for rental or utility costs. Another service, rehousing, will help families locate and move into a new affordable home. Find eviction prevention and rehousing in San Francisco County.





Eviction Defense Collaborative  - Low-income families, veterans and single parents facing eviction, this organization may be able to help. It provides free help with filing answers, motions and stay-of-evictions to elderly and low to moderate income tenants facing eviction. In addition, they may also be able to provide cash grant payments of past due rent thorough loans and grants as well as details on local apartment. The non-profit is at 976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Call (415) 947-0797, or look here for apartments that take evictions.

Free transitional housing for adults, women facing DV and people that were formerly substance abusers. In addition to the government or charity funds being used to pay rent, the money is also meant to be used to help get homeless off the streets quickly and into an employment opportunity. There are also transitional housing programs for the low income.

Call Primrose Center  - This agency can provides cash grants and financial assistance for both utility and rental expenses. It covers the southern part of San Francisco County. Also access emergency food assistance and information and referral services for both federal and California government programs. Phone number (650) 342-2255

Financial help San FrancisoSt. Anthony Foundation - A faith based charity that can be reached at (415) 241-2600. The organizations connects low income, homeless, undocumented, low income and working poor families and individuals to local programs. People can apply for immediate financial resources and services that can stabilize and improve the quality of their lives.

  • There may be some free items given away too, including clothes, sneakers, sleeping bags or small furniture items for a home or apartment. The address is 150 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102. Or look here for free furniture giveaways near you.

Glide Memorial United Methodist Church Glide Foundation - Offers numerous services and programs. It offers funds for paying rent and preventing evictions, utility bill help or money for water costs as well as light bill deposits. There is also a free hot meals program, a free health clinic, jobs or free computer training program, and much more. Call (415) 674-6000. The address is 330 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Catholic Charities - The agency helps the homeless, immigrants and working poor in San Francisco. The charity offers short and medium term rental help and transitional homes for women that need a safe place to live. There is credit repair, outreach and engagement, case management, utility bill payments, housing search and placement services, as wel las money for security and utility deposits. Or apply for moving cost reimbursement to families.

  • The non-profit Catholic Charity organization operates several offices around the greater San Francisco area. In addition to provide rent and/or housing assistance, they will also try to address the cause of the homelessness or eviction. So job finding programs, training, and advice and support is provided. Call (415) 972-1200. More on help from San Francisco County Catholic Charities.

La Raza Community Resource Center, Inc. provides information, referrals, and support. Some basic needs such as food, free furniture vouchers, baby formula or clothing may be available. Receive linkage to non-profits in San Francisco, help in applying for government benefits or employment, and register for classes such as English as a Second Language (ESL).

Compass Family Services is an intake agency for the Family Shelter System. The transitional housing and shelters offer a place to stay along with a pathway self-sufficiency. The location also offers interest free loans for security deposits, move-in costs, delinquent rent, debt payment and paying other outstanding bills. A major focus is on Housing First model for homeless people.

  • Additional emergency assistance is for free food, bus tokens, and toiletries. Information and referral to other community resources is available too. Address is 37 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102, call 415-442-5130 or (415) 644-0504.





Swords To Plowshares - Financial assistance for mortgage or rent from the Season of Sharing (SOS) fund. Grant money and hardship funds are for one time needs that can't be met by other government or non-profits. The focus is on veterans in South San Francisco, and the non-profit also clothing from Dress for Success, Chinook Permanent Supportive Family Housing, and government grants for the disabled and struggling military members. Dial 415-252-4788, or more on Swords to Plowshares programs.

Francis Of Assisi Community coordinates federal government subsidized (HUD) housing and apartments. The units are for seniors and/or physically disabled adults that reside in San Francisco County. Lunches, meals, and other basic needs can be satisfied. Some disabled seniors or veterans can be given a free voucher for immediate use in a motel. Location is 145 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, California, 94103, dial 415-621-4092 for information or look here for emergency disabled housing.

Hamilton Family Center administers Homelessness Prevention Services. As resources allow, the agency may have both rent payment assistance and security deposit grant money to families facing eviction or that are currently homeless. Eviction prevention, rental subsidies, and move in programs are all available. They also help people fix their credit so they can get approved for private landlord housing in San Francisco.

  • The center, partnering with a resource known as First Avenues, also operates shelters and transitional housing units in the county. Some qualified applicants moving from a transitional home may qualify for government grants to pay a portion of first months rent or a security deposit. Call  (415) 321-2612. More on housing programs from Hamilton Family Center.

Q Foundation - AIDS Housing Alliance Of San Francisco refers clients to affordable housing, offers application assistance, and some financial aid for paying rent or deposits including into supportive apartments for medical needs. A plan with goals is created and offers tenant's rights counseling. The non-profit also offers hotel vouchers for homeless clients and employment assistance. All services are for HIV and AIDs patients that meet income levels. Call 415-552-3242.

City Team provides housing, food, and educational support. The faith based charity also can help people in recovery, including people with alcohol or drug abuse in San Fran. The goal of the non-profit is to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty, and they focus on single parents, the homeless, and vulnerable in the city and county. Contact the San Francisco charity for information on low income housing, free food, and other support. Click here on City Team services.




Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco supports disabled and mentally ill. The location is 825 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. The Season of Sharing (SOS) fund may have funds for paying rent, energy bills, or other emergency expenses. All grants are only to resolve a crisis. There are no-wait, affordable apartments or houses for adults with a handicap. Call (415) 543-6222

Homeless Services Center administers resources for families behind on their rent, those facing eviction, and the currently homeless. Examples of assistance programs administered include emergency shelter, transitional housing, bus passes, meals, and more. Some of the financial aid can be for paying utility bills in an emergency, rent payments, security deposits, and other expenses. The non-profit tries to prevent homelessness in the San Francisco County community and works toward that goal. The main number is 831-458-6020, or read Homeless Services Center programs.

San Francisco Department of Human Services - The leading government organization. Runs a number of state and federal cash and public assistance programs, including cash aid from CalWorks, Aging Services, MediCal and CalFresh among others. They also coordinate local housing and shelter programs, and read more housing assistance in San Francisco.

  • In addition, administers some local resources too including supportive housing or child care. The organization can help people faced with an emergency situation. Address is 170 Otis St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Dial (415) 557-5100. More details on San Francisco public assistance.

St. Vincent de Paul - Services are provided to help the low income and people faced with poverty gain long term self-sufficiency. Some short term emergency assistance may also be provided to families in San Francisco. Most of the support provided is non-financial, and includes items like free clothing, food boxes, and back to school items. There is also a low-cost thrift store for bargains of gently used items, and read more on bargain resale stores.

Larkin Street Youth Services – Young adults can apply for short and medium term rental subsidies ,including temporary apartments. There are funds for back rent, case management, outreach and engagement, housing search and placement services, moving costs, security and utility deposits, and utility bill payments. Location is 134 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 9410., California 94109. Phone (415) 673-0911.

SHANTI – This not for profit provides comprehensive services to individuals living with breast cancer or HIV/AIDS or to enhance their quality of life and health. Address is 730 Polk Street, San Francisco, California 94109. Call (415) 674-4700.

Water bill assistance and savings - Low income customers can receive discounts, free water conservation measures, and cash assistance to pay their water bills in a crisis. The goal is to prevent the shut off of service. Learn more on available water assistance programs in San Francisco.







Bay Area Legal - The non-profit firm focuses on offering free advice in a few core areas. The free lawyers and law firm can help people apply for government benefits, such as SSI disability. There is also free eviction prevention legal assistance, advice for seniors and youth, and other resources offered by attorneys in San Francisco.

  • If you have a civic legal case, this non-profit firm provides free legal services, advice, representation and referrals to low income individuals and families in the San Francisco area. Learn about services from Bay Area Legal.

Debt relief and credit repair is free from local non-profits. The American Consumer Credit Counseling will help people reduce or eliminate credit card, medical, and other debts. Learn about debt management plans, consolidation, budgeting, and other programs. Or get help with a home mortgage or car loan as well, in addition to hardship programs.

  • This is a HUD approved counseling agency. Work with a specialist to explore your alternatives to filing a foreclosure. Find about about mortgage assistance, credit card hardship plans and various foreclosure prevention programs. Click here to learn more about credit card help programs. The address is 505 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111. Phone: (415) 655-6899.

Help finding a job and free job training is offered in San Francisco. f you are looking for a job or want to improve your career and income, the Workforce Development Center  offers a wide variety of free services. San Francisco residents can get help with job search, employment resources, and career development programs. They also work with technology companies and corporations in the region to provide free internet devices, cell phones, computers and training. Learn how to get a free computer from the government.

  • Services for jobseekers and employers including resume review, vocational assessment, job listings, job skills matching, as well as training options. There are also free resume workshops, interview preparation and labor market information. Call (415) 401-4800, or look here for free government job training in CA.

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation helps homeowners and buyers. Phone (415) 822-1022. This government organization offers foreclosure and housing counseling, credit enhancement, foreclosure intervention, as well as free information on mortgage relief programs. There is also free debt reduction programs as well as financial education to help low and moderate income individuals and families achieve financial security through homeownership.

  • They also try to both prevent foreclosure from occurring, and stop those in progress. The office is at 4439 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124. More information on mortgage help.




San Francisco community action grant money

The regional community action agency helps the working poor, low-income and unemployed. Urban Services YMCA or San Francisco offers and coordinates supportive services, housing, employment, nutrition, free government grants and health services. The staff also have job finding programs, education, and other areas necessary to alleviate and eliminate poverty.

  • Electric and utility help is offered. The main emergency financial assistance program from the federal government or state of California is Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This helps seniors, people with a disability or those with no income pay their light, power and gas bills, including from PG&E or other companies. Learn more on help with PGE bills.
  • Free vouchers or grants are available from YMCA Community Resource Center. The community action agency also works to offer emergency financial assistance for paying rent, water bills, car repairs and critical need. apply for even an occasional mortgage payment program. More on vouchers for free in your community.
  • Or there is free stuff, food, groceries and hot meals. Referrals are given to homeless shelter or free motel or hotel voucher programs in San Francisco. YMCA coordinates everything from free translation services in Spanish to groceries or free transportation or rides.
  • Housing programs are administered. The agency will refer those facing eviction or the currently homeless to housing and rental assistance. What may be available in San Francisco includes emergency funds to pay rental expenses. Or the homeless can explore transitional housing and security deposit assistance, which may sometimes be available as a loan. Learn more on YMCA rent assistance programs.

Other services from the council include Commodity foods, low cost child care, and referrals to the SFHomeless program. The community action agency is based at  1486 Huntington Ave # 100, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Call (650) 276-4101. Continue with Urban Services YMCA Community Resource Center in Francisco.

Free stuff for the low income in San Francisco

There is free stuff for new parents as well as pregnant women. The government help by offering WIC vouchers for formula, and charities and diaper bank groups also provide supplies to low income families, many of whom are on CalWorks, Many resources are available, and find free diapers in San Francisco.

Free school supplies, clothes, and uniforms are available in the city and county. Students can get everything from backpacks to Chromebooks, Laptops, personal hygiene supplies, new clothes and more. Parents may also be given gift cards to buy other school items for their kids to ensure they are well prepared. More on free school supplies in San Francisco.





Free stuff and basic needs - Dozens of churches, charities, and non-profits in San Francisco help people address their basic needs. Many clothing closets may offer free clothing, school supplies, or household goods. There are also back to school supplies and Chrombooks for kids, free furniture or appliances, and other personal or household items. Find free clothes in Northern California.

Free holiday programs from charities - Whether the resident is a senior or a young child, if they are from a struggling household then Christmas toys or meals may be provided by volunteers along with other assistance. Free gifts, presents, Adopt a Family services, turkeys at Thanksgiving, and other help may be coordinated. Find more on free holiday assistance in San Francisco County.

Free emergency food in San Francisco

United Council of Human Services - Offers low income, homeless and the unemployed emergency food bag, general clothing and hosts a weekly food pantry. They also run a shelter clearing house, a drop in center. The charity is at 2111 Jennings St, San Francisco, CA 94124. Phone: (415) 671-1100.

Temple United Methodist Church - Partners with local San Francisco food banks to offer aid. Single mothers as well as the unemployed and people with no money will get help. Call (415) 586-1444, and the location is 1111 Junipero Serra Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132.

San Francisco Food Bank - Maybe the first places to call as they are a central clearinghouse. The non-profit that redistributes using donations through partnerships with churches, nonprofit agencies, local charities and eligible congregations. All of those groups then in effect host a variety of food distribution programs to low income. Phone (415) 282-1900.

Providence Foundation of San Francisco (call (415) 206-0263) - This non-profit provides a variety of services and assistance programs for seniors, low income, children, youth, and homeless people throughout the city. Access hot meals, shelter, after school tutoring, senior housing and more.

Find information on other San Francisco County free food pantries. There are a couple dozen other primary distribution centers, free soup kitchen meal sites and food banks that operate across San Francisco.

Medical help, prescriptions, dental and free health care

SFFC - San Francisco Free Clinic provides free basic medical, dental and mental health to the low-income, homeless and people in need. The address is 4900 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118. Get physicals, eye exams, teeth cleanings and other free services. Call (415) 750-9894

Haight Ashbury Free Clinics provides help to all people, regardless of insurance status, race, or religion. Volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses give free or low cost care, including vision and hearing exams. The center is at 558 Clayton St, San Francisco, CA 94117. Call (415) 746-1950, or look here for a list of free dental services at a clinic near you.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance will help connect uninsured families and individuals in the San Francisco area with patient assistance programs. This can also help homeless people or those with Med-Cal in San Fran. Patients may be able to provide these individuals with free or low-cost prescription medications. Learn more about Partnership for Prescription Assistance.




The city of San Francisco and surrounding regions are served by a number of free or income based community clinics. The centers offer the low income, unemployed, disadvantaged, uninsured and others with a number of free programs. Or if a patient doesn’t qualify for those charity care programs, their medical bill can be greatly reduced by these clinics. The locations are committed to helping anyone in need, and will rarely turn anyone away. Read more free clinics in San Francisco.


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