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San Joaquin County assistance programs.

Low income families and those in crisis can get financial help and other aid. Churches, non-profits, and state government programs offer everything from emergency utility bill to rental assistance along with free food, medical, funds to pay security deposits or dental care. There are also debt and foreclosure counseling services in Stockton, low cost loans for paying bills, case management services across San Joaquin County, and also help for immigrants and migrant farm workers.

Information on programs and resources that can help you pay bills

The Human Services Agency, located in Stockton California, has several programs that will help local families with paying their bills and dealing with expenses. The agency will also work with people to ensure they have the skills necessary to become self sufficient over the long term. They are located at 333 E. Washington Street, Stockton, CA, phone number is (209) 468-1000. Call them to learn more about programs listed below, or to apply.

California Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)  - This program provides once a year cash grants that are to be used for assistance with utility and heating bills for low and moderate income individuals. The amount of cash assistance provided will be based on the number of people who live in the household, the cost of energy within the county, total household income, and money available from this federal and state government program.

The Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) - Gives utility bill assistance to low and moderate income families and individuals who are experiencing a crisis, if they have received a 48-hour notice of losing their service or if they have a shut off notice. People who are interested in applying need to call for an appointment. They will be required to attend an Energy class and bring appropriate documents to show their hardship in order to receive immediate help with paying their utility bill.




Weatherization Assistance Program - This will provide utility, energy, and heating saving measures and also repairs to homes, apartments and mobile homes. People who live in these households will qualify for weatherization measures if someone in the household receives Food Stamps, Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), SSI or SSP, Veterans and Survivors Pension or if the total household income does not exceed a certain threshold as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Some of the energy savings measures offered to applicants include glass replacement, ceiling insulation, sash repair, minor home repair, door weather stripping, low-flow shower heads, caulking, water heater blanket, duct wrap, switch and outlet gaskets, refrigerators, microwave ovens, freezers, and much more. More on weatherization programs.

California Medi-Cal Program - On site staff will determine your eligibility for low-income persons in need of medical care and prescription medications. Benefits that are available to eligible persons include: inpatient and outpatient hospital care; check ups; treatment by health care professionals; convalescent home care; prescription drugs; prosthetic devices; and dental care.

Families and individuals may be eligible for this health care plan if they are disabled, pregnant, under 21 years of age or 65 and older, in a skilled nursing care facility, or if they are part of a low-income family with dependent children. Also, learn about community clinics.

Food and Nutrition Services - There are eight (8) community centers located throughout San Joaquin County, and these community centers have been providing a wide variety of resources, both direct and referral services, to families and individuals. Services offered by these center include,  but are not limited to, rent assistance, foreclosure counseling, food aid, and more.

Emergency Food Assistance: Every single community center has a food closet in which food aid is provided to needy families and individuals on an emergency basis. People can either walk-in basis or make and appointment. Any individuals who are in need of food assistance are encouraged to contact the community center nearest to their place of residence to see what services they have. More on food assistance.





San Joaquin programs that cover all of California

Various assistance programs all people all across California, including in San Joaquin and Stockton. Get help preventing a foreclosure, rent assistance, free food, and other aid.

Medical and health care

A clinic that provides services to low income as well as the un and underinsured is Delta Health Care. They provide a wide ranging and variety of services, including numerous high quality and affordable health care services and resources to the under- served members of our community. (209) 444-8585.

San Joaquin County and Stockton Public Health Services is the local health Department, and provides care such as clinical services, child and adolescent health care, and more. Dial 209 468-3400 for intake.

San Joaquin General Hospital may have a sliding fee scale for the low income and uninsured. It offers acute care, ancillary and specialty services including radiology, mammography, surgery, short stay surgery, rehabilitation therapy, and intensive care. Outpatient services include prenatal, pediatrics, dental clinic, a dialysis clinic, and general medicine. Fees and bills vary. 209 468-6000

Community Medical Centers, Inc. also has variable rate billing scales. Medi-Cal is accepted too. Offers medical and health care for people of all ages, including Pharmacy, Radiology/X-Ray, and Internal Medicine. Stockton California based. 209 944-4700

California Human Development of Stockton - The statewide, non-profit human service agency focuses on addressing housing needs, coordinating help for immigrants, the working poor and ex-prisoners. They run several low income housing units and apartments in the region. Self-sufficiency services, employment, and other case management services are also available from CHD. The organization also has information on free energy conservation measures, and food programs. Read more on California Human Development programs.





Food aid

The Emergency Food Bank (phone (209) 464-7369) helps hundreds of people per month by providing them with free food, groceries, and other household needs. They operate several pantries across San Joaquin County California that distribute food and more.

Community Development Department - San Joaquin County - This department provides the low income and people facing a short term hardship with rent and housing assistance. The aid is part of the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). Get help with rent and other housing expenses such as security deposits, utility bills, moving costs, and more. Call (209) 4683065

Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank can be called at 209 464-7369. The distribution center provides emergency food to individuals and families, and operates over 10 smaller pantries across the county.

Lodi Community Service Center – Resources administered include Health care options, Employment Development Department, emergency food, Medi-Cal application site, and Healthy Families. 415 S. Sacramento Street, Lodi, CA 95240 Phone: 209 331-7516

Second Harvest Food Bank offers three main programs and can give a referral. 704 Industrial Park Drive, Manteca, California 95337, telephone: 209 239-2091

Senior Gleaners, Inc. – Offers surplus food to the elderly, seniors, and homeless, and all aid is offered for free. They partner with local charities and churches in the region. 916-925-3240

Brown Bag Program is a partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. Food is only offered for senior citizens age 60 or older. 704 Industrial Park Drive, Manteca, CA 95337, dial 209 239-2091.

Building Blocks can distribute up to 1 bag of food per week. Furniture and clothing may be offered. 701 N Stockton St, Lodi, CA 95240, 209 334-3225

Commodity Food Program offers USDA, FEMA, and donated food to 14 community agencies in the region. 2736 Teepee Drive, Stockton, California 95205, dial 209 468-8066

In an emergency, there are dozens of free food pantries in the area. Many of them are focused on a certain area, such as the families that live in a specific zip code. However, there are centers in Stockton, Lodi, and other towns. The locations will help by offering groceries or maybe a Meals on Wheels service for senior citizens. Very low income families can also apply for Cal-Fresh food stamps at many of the sites. More on San Joaquin food pantries.

Emergency and crisis assistance

The Salvation Army, Stockton and Lodi Corps (phone (209) 948-8955) offers counseling, limited financial assistance for paying bills and rent, holiday programs, and information on various federal and California state government programs. The Stockton Salvation Army supports needy and low income families with emergency food, clothing, and more. The Salvation Army also provides assistance with paying for PG&E utility bills through its REACH Program. Call 209 948-8955, or more Stockton Salvation Army financial assistance.





Another Salvation Army center is in Lodi. It provides free hot meals, emergency lodging and clothing. A shelter is on site. A workshop known as Overcoming Roadblocks will help people overcome challenges they face that may be a cause of their struggles. 209 367-9560

Neighborhood Preservation Division is involved in administering numerous housing and rental assistance programs. Some are run in partnership with other San Joaquin County non-profits, such as Lutheran Services. Others rely on government grants, including the various Supportive Housing Programs. The department can help the homeless, poor, disabled or seniors find some type of solution to their housing crisis. Restrictions and income limited are in place. More on San Joaquin Neighborhood housing programs.

Catholic Charities - This non-profit organization supports residents in Stockton, San Joaquin and nearby counties. A number of services and assistance programs are offered, with the possibility of some limited financial aid for bills or rent. However most of the support focuses on offering items such as free food, holiday meals and gifts, and medical care. In addition, the agency provides help to senior citizens, immigrants, and the disabled. Catholic Charities of Stockton also provides information and referrals to other local non-profits and government programs. Continue with San Joaquin County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

New Hope Family Shelter – Serves the homeless, and provides food, clothing, lodging, and counseling. The agency also offers a supportive housing component to help with paying move-in costs and rental assistance for up to 24 months. Single parents are big beneficiaries of this organization. 224 E Sonora St Stockton, California 95203, call 209 463-3648

San Joaquin and Stockton holiday assistance programs - Families in a short term crisis (such as job loss) or those in poverty/low income can receive Christmas help, Thanksgiving meals, or Easter baskets. Find charities that provide free toys, food boxes, and more. Continue with Christmas help in San Joaquin County.

Lutheran Services can help meet housing needs. They have programs for Stockton and nearby communities, including transitional housing. After a family gains stability, employment, and is ready to move into a new situation, then work with a case manager to find permanent housing in San Joaquin or northern California. Also get information on security deposits or rental assistance programs. More on Northen California Lutheran Services.

Housing Authority of San Joaquin County – Administers low income housing. Specific programs include Migrant Family Centers, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, and Family Self Sufficiency. 448 S. Center Street Stockton, California 95203, 209 460-5000. Click here for more information on how to get help from Section 8.

San Joaquin County Aging and Adult Services offers services and programs to serve the disabled, senior citizens, and elderly low-income population of San Joaquin County. Some examples of what is offered includes Nutrition Training, Legal Assistance, Congregate and home delivered meals, as well as Supplemental Food.

Low income disabled residents can get advice on applying for SSI or other government benefits. The non-profit, based on Stockton, can also coordinate short term support. This may be financial help during disability application process. Call 209 468-2202 for information on all services.

Legal aid - Firms across northern California may provide free advice to low income individuals and seniors. While numerous civil cases can be addressed, depending on resources, attorneys do focus on help with housing matters and public aid. This can include help for stopping evictions or assisting a senior or the disabled with receiving government assistance. Much more is available as well. Continue to find free lawyers in Sacramento.

National Veterans Foundation – Get information about the resources and services that are available to you. Learn about crisis intervention, food or shelter, benefits counseling, medical treatment, free legal aid, or job training for employment opportunities. Phone 888 777-4443.

Government and public benefits are administered as a form of short term aid. The county, using state and federal grants, can process applications for CalFresh food stamps, SSI disability payments and low income utility bill assistance. There are other resources in San Joaquin County, ranging from loans as part of general assistance to child care subsidies and free health care from Medically Indigent Services and more. Another focus is on veterans in the county, and various programs are available. More on San Joaquin County public assistance.





Non-profit rent assistance can stop evictions in Stockton and the county. Families that are struggling, or the vulnerable such as seniors or lower income single parents, can apply as well. The funding is limited, but even if not qualified, then other support may be legal aid or referrals to grant programs for rental expenses. Or residents can seek help with security deposits or placement into shelters. More on rent assistance programs in Stockton.

Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) can offer emergency aid with paying utility and electric bills. Assistance is by appointment and only for qualified low income people if they have a 48-hour notice or a shut off notice. The Stockton agency can be reached at 209 468-3988.

Low income services and programs in San Joaquin

Tracy Interfaith Ministries offers resource for low income people. They help people who are faced with an unexpected crisis (such as a car repair), seniors with limited income, the person who lost their job, and others. It is a faith based group for less fortunate families. They do whatever they can to offer these individuals assistance and support. Call 209-836-5424, or continue with Tracey Interfaith assistance programs.

Non-profit credit and housing counseling

Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions is the main organization. Services include free credit and debt counseling. Some fees may be in place for other services. Clients can also receive credit report review, budget and debt counseling, housing default and foreclosure counseling, advice or reverse mortgages, and also identity theft resolution. Read more on California credit counseling, or stop by 2291 W. March Lane, Ste A-110, Stockton, California 95207. Call 209 956-1170 for information.

By Jon McNamara

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