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Assistance programs San Mateo County

Find charities, churches and government organizations that offer financial help in San Mateo County. Get money for paying electric bills or rent, a security deposit or mortgage payment. Or get free gas vouchers, free bus tickets as well as food or other free stuff. Get financial assistance near you in San Mateo County.

The agencies offer grant money along free free legal aid, debt relief, and items for kids, including school supplies or Christmas toys. Case managers in Redwood City also help county residents apply for cash assistance, free SamTrans tickets or get a motel vouchers for a place to stay. The low-income, homeless, seniors and disabled among others will get immediate help in San Mateo County.

Community Action grant programs that help with bills

A leading non-profit agency to turn to for help is the Human Services Agency (which is the Community Action Agency of San Mateo County, Inc). They offer numerous social services and financial resources to people who need assistance. Also find information on other local agencies and charities.

  • Help for utility and energy bills is offered. Receive assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from Central Coast Energy Services. Call 1-888-728-3637 for information on the federal government funded program, which is run by the agency. It will provide free cash grants to low to moderate income people by providing assistance to them in paying their energy costs, utility and power bills. The eligibility is determined by the applicants household income, family size, and other factors. There is also free utility bill help in California.
  • Free food programs for the low income. Free groceries and meals is another service offered by the Community Action Agency of San Mateo County, Inc. The agency will provides eligible families with up to a 7 day supply of food  including canned goods, vegetables, commodities, and more. However, you can only get help once per year. In addition, you can receive holiday meals around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Grants for home repairs and improvements, including roofs or windows, are available. The USDA Rural Development Housing & Community Facilities Program provides grants as part of the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG). The amount of housing assistance that a family can receive is extensive. This housing repair program provides for many updates, and it includes, but is not limited to: repair and replacement of porches, upgrading electrical systems and plumbing work, repainting, doors, or the repair of driveways and floors. Or get free windows, fences, and new roof or repairs.




  • Human Services also helps arrange Free or low cost medical care and health insurance, including from MediCal or people that are homeless or uninsured. Get CalFresh and CalWORKS enrollment.
  • Applications to government benefits are offered. There is CalFresh Food stamps, TANF (CalWorks, and food banks offer nutritional support. Or parents will get free or low cost day care, and locate income based government child care programs.
  • Long term financial stability services are free to clients. Community Action, working with partners, offers help with car loans and classes or refinancing. Or get free credit repair services, details on consolidation debts and other support. Learn more on debt help.

To learn more about the programs or to apply for help, contact the Human Services Agency - Community Action Agency of San Mateo County, Inc. at (650) 802-7500 or (650) 595-1342. Read more San Mateo emergency assistance.

Emergency financial assistance, free stuff and help for utilities or housing

Catholic Charities of San Mateo administers various social services to single mothers, immigrants, the working poor and immigrants. There is housing resources from Homelessness Prevention Programs. The non-profit agency has as one of its many goals the mission of keeping people in their homes and preventing evictions. Clients of the program can receive financial assistance to pay rent, security deposits, or referrals to other government programs or charities.

  • The charity also offers other support. Homeless people can get a free meal or voucher for clothes. There is low-cost legal advice for migrants or women, a food pantry. counseling and other support from Catholic Charities. The address is 36 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403. Phone: (650) 295-2160. Or look here for help from Catholic Charities in San Mateo County.

Other emergency rent and housing programs are available. This may be offered from a grant or other sources of funding. The local government, non-profits, and charities can all help individuals pay their rent or maybe a security deposit, with a goal of preventing evictions. There is also help for homeless people in San Mateo, Redwood City and the county. Find an extensive listing of San Mateo rent assistance programs.





  • San Mateo County Department of Housing Authority provides rental assistance programs, income based apartments, and section 8 applications. The agency will help eligible lower income to moderate income residents through income based rental assistance programs and self-sufficiency support services. There may be emergency section 8 and no-wait list apartments too for a crisis. The location is 264 Harbor Blvd # A, Belmont, CA 94002. Phone: (650) 802-3300. Or look here for immediate no wait list apartments to rent.

A local faith based charity organizations to turn to for help in San Mateo County California include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County. SVDP may be able to offer people assistance with a variety of their everyday needs. The assistance programs focus on the unemployed, seniors, poor, and low income and working poor.

  • While the type and number of services they offer will vary and partly depend on funding, people in need can get free food, including baby formula or Ensure. There is emergency help with paying rent and utility payments to keep individuals and families housed, help finding a job, and the agencies may distribute vouchers to shop, free of charge, at thrift stores. This will allow clients with no income or money to get much needed clothes, furniture, and household products. Or learn about renting furniture with bad credit.
  • St. Vincent offers some or all of those programs as well. While various services are offered in San Mateo, a focus of this charity is on homeless prevention. This includes funds for preventing an eviction or utility disconnection, employment services, or helping those without a home to find a place to live. Food, senior aid, and more is also offered.

Financial help San Mateo County CAAnother support is offered too. The location is 50 N B St, San Mateo, CA 94401. Call (650) 373-0622), or continue St. Vincent San Mateo.

Salvation Army provides help to the low-income, homeless and working poor. The charity offers emergency financial help for everything from housing (rent, partial mortgage or light bill) to food, free gas vouchers for work or a motel room. They may also have FEMA funds.

  • There are also seasonal services including free school supplies or uniforms, summer meals for kids, and Christmas toys from Adopt a Family. The Salvation Army also has locations in Redwood City and Sunnyvale that provide help with bills, rent, and other expenses. Read more Salvation Army assistance programs.

Samaritan House has bilingual community workers on staff. Programs offered are case management, emergency services, and information as well referral to San Mateo agencies. Call for information on rental assistance as well as deposits or help for storage costs.

  • Adult education classes are held, including budgeting and English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • This organization provides access to other Eviction Prevention Services including landlord mediation, free legal representation, as well as credit repair and debt counseling services. There is pro-bono free tenant legal help, and advocacy and/or housing search services







Qualified people can get vouchers for groceries and kids clothing/shoes. Meals and food boxes are offered at Westside Church of Christ, a partner of the charity. Samaritan House also runs free clinics that offer primary and specialty health care, including prescriptions, check-ups, dental cleanings and referrals. The location is 4031 Pacific Blvd. San Mateo California 94403, dial 650-347-3648. More on Samaritan House San Mateo County assistance programs.

El Concilio Emergency Services Partnership offers various human services. This includes emergency rental assistance, deposits, food boxes, casework, housing support, Brown Bag food program, and more. Other resources include employment assistance and senior programs. They also help people get free home Internet connections, including high speed or cable access. Look here for free government internet benefits.

  • The Critical Family Needs Fund for the Menlo Park and East Palo Alto area is administered from this non-profit. 1798 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303, dial (650) 330-7432 or (650) 373-1080

Community Resource Project, Inc. focuses on help with utility bills, including for water costs. There are also payment relief services and weatherization / home repairs assistance for qualified low income families. Budgeting and free tips are offered too. Telephone (916) 567-5220

Transitional housing programs - The homeless, people behind on their rent and the recently evicted can turn to these resources for assistance. A number of housing needs can be met. It includes short term shelter, a longer term home or apartment to live in, meals, and job training/self-sufficiency. Click more details transitional housing in San Mateo County.

LifeMoves (Innvision Shelter Network) operates from several offices around the county. They run transitional and emergency housing programs in the region. The non-profit agency will provide extensive social services to homeless county residents, including veterans and the elderly, and families facing eviction. Referrals are accepted via local charities and community-based agencies.

  • There are centers and housing programs available in Daly City, Menlo Park, San Mateo, and other nearby areas. While more limited, vouchers may be provided for paying for hotel or motels for families and pregnant women. Another resource is the Housing First Program which provide rental subsidies, financial aid and case management. 1450 Chapin Avenue, Burlingame, California, 94010, call (650) 685-5880 for intake.

Sparkpoint At Skyline College partners with non-profits such as the United Way. Self-sufficiency includes credit counseling, debt reduction and management, free tax preparation and more. Also learn about employment services such as English as a Second Language and financial coaching. Call (650) 738-7035

San Mateo County Department Of Housing And Community Development - The government agency works with non-profits to provide low income, subsidized housing, and other support. Home repairs can be paid for by the Rehabilitation Loan Program, which is a low-interest rate loans for qualified working poor and senior homeowners. Another resource is the First-Time Homebuyer as well as the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program. Location is 264 Harbor Boulevard, Belmont, CA, 94002, dial 650-802-5050.




Legal Aid of San Mateo County (call 650-558-0915) has free lawyers for immigrants, the low-income and senior citizens over the age of 65. There is free tenant lawyers for stopping an eviction. Or get help in applying to disability, including SSI, SSDI or FMLA. Other free lawyers help with civil cases, applications to state of CA benefits, and support housing for the disabled. The office is at  330 Twin Dolphin Dr #123, Redwood City, CA 94065, or locate Disability Determination Services centers near you.

Homelessness prevention services are offered by a few agencies. Veterans are the primary beneficiaries, but other lower income families can apply. Programs administered include emergency shelter, rent payment assistance, and money for security and utility deposits. Other resources may offer assistance with mortgage payments, utility and energy bill help, emergency car repairs, and other financial aid. Or receive information and guidance on the section 8 housing program.

  • Coastside Hope, 99 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, CA, 94018, dial 650-726-9071
  • Puente De La Costa Sur, 620 North Street, Pescadero, California, 94060, telephone 650-879-1691
  • For more information, read eviction and rehousing help in San Mateo County.

Puente de la Costa Sur is based at 620 North St, Pescadero, CA 94060. They offer assistance programs to the low-income and people with no money. There is free food, bus vouchers or a box of groceries. Or get diapers (for adults or infants), shelter for the homeless or immigrants and even holiday help such as toys or meals. Call (650) 879-1691, including for details on homeless shelters open for adults.

Homeless Prenatal Program (call (415) 546-6756) provides financial assistance for security and rental deposits for families with children, homeless individuals, and also low income pregnant women. There is also assistance for single mothers as well, immigrants and San Mateo citizens too. Food, diapers, free card seats or formula and more is offered. More on finding help for single moms.

LSS - Lutheran Care For The Aging can help residents over the age of 55 and senior citizens. The non-profit may have a very small emergency cash fund to provide limited financial assistance with housing needs and energy bills. Supportive housing is also offered, including to people with a stroke. Click here for details on stroke victim housing assistance.

  • The program helps in many ways, and also provides counseling, case management, debt relief, money management and housing advocacy services.  For clients who are interested in the program and who also need support for medical expenses and hospital bills that may not covered by private health insurance or government Medicare/Medicaid, Find details Medi-Cal phone number in California.
  • The agency also offers direct financial assistance and cash grants through the Saint Joseph’s Health Fund. The address is 2400 Washington Avenue, Redding, CA 96001. Phone (916) 453-2900.

San Mateo Homeless Services Center offers help to the currently homeless and people facing eviction/homelessness, including veterans and disabled adults. Receive meals, emergency rent help, shelter, and low income, transitional housing. As resources allow, also offers security deposit, moving cost, money for rent, utility bill payment assistance, bus passes, and referrals. Also get information on job programs. Call 831-458-6020 for information.





San Mateo County Community Centers for emergency assistance

North Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center, Inc. is an agency that provides a variety of resources, social services, outreach, as well as help with bills. There is also free community education and home repair programs to low-income residents in San Mateo County California. Social services offered include emergency food and shelter, assistance with paying rent (first, last, and security deposit), crisis intervention and utility bill payments.

  • They also provide extensive and information and referral services. Last, but not least, the program coordinates the Holiday Program and provides food certificates and toys to families during Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. There may also be some basic health and medical services in San Mateo, including details on how to find medical billing errors. Call 650-583-3373. The address is 600 Linden Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

West Valley Community Services - This non-profit provides free food, clothing, help with rent, housing and security deposit assistance along with case management. They also can offer holiday meals and toys to children. Another focus is on offering low income, below market rate apartments and homes to the low income. Call 408 255-8033, or read West Valley Community Services programs.

La Raza Community Resource Center, Inc. offers resources for Spanish-speaking San Mateo and Bay Area county families. Receive details on assistance programs for health care, free food, legal aid, immigration, emergency rent help and employment. Get help in applying for GED, social services, and other government aid. There is also free day care help, parenting classes, financial literacy and more. Location is 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California, 94103. Or read more on help from La Raza Community Resource Center.

Sunnyvale Community Services - Provides a wide variety of financial resources, hardship grants and free stuff. There are social services to low-income residents of Sunnyvale seniors, working poor, single mothers or fathers and local families. Various programs provide emergency assistance including utility bill payments, free food, rent help, or get medical and dental care. Clients will also get help with a household budget, debt, and foreclosure counseling is available. Phone 408 738-4321. The center is at 1160 Kern Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Daly City Community Service Center offers various emergency material assistance and crisis intervention programs. Resources include free food, winter coats or furniture for a home. The location is 350 90th St, Daly City, CA 94015. There are open homeless shelters, transportation, and gently used clothing. After an interview process, immediate basic needs are addressed by referral to the appropriate local provider or receive direct aid. In addition, a long-term solution service plan is developed. Call (650) 991-8007.

Fair Oaks Community Center offers the Critical Family Needs Housing Assistance Fund for the Redwood City-North Fair Oaks area. Other resources are food programs, affordable child care, deposit or rental assistance, and emergency financial aid. Or get shelter referrals, housing assistance, including a free emergency hotel voucher online.

  • There are also classes including ESL/citizenship, steps to fix credit, legal services and immigration and citizenship assistance. Senior citizen programs are offered to, including food and meals. The location is 2600 Middlefield Road Redwood City California 94063, telephone (650) 780-7500

Pacifica Resource Center. The location provides comprehensive information and referral. Call them for crisis intervention services and emergency assistance, which includes gift certificates for food. This also operates an emergency pantry stocked by Second Harvest Food Bank. A free soup kitchen in San Mateo County is also offered, including to homeless adults, kids or gig workers. Case managers can help people enroll in CalFresh, which is California's food stamps program.

  • Limited funds are available to help with paying first and last month’s rent and security deposits. Or get money to pay a utility connection deposit or water bills. The center also assists with low-cost health insurance for children.
  • It also offers Earn It, Keep It, Save It, which is a free tax preparation service from February to April 15.
  • Funds are available to maintain or restore energy services and pay PG&E utility bills.
  • Get advice in the areas of employment, housing and immigration law.

Other low-income support is given too. The location is 1809 Palmetto Avenue Pacifica California 94044, (650) 738-7470

The local centers above offer support, but there is other government aid. Get help and access to programs including employment/training information, budgeting, security deposit and rental assistance. Special programs include the Housing Assistance/Critical Family Needs Programs and Holiday assistance. Read more assistance from government.




Free stuff in San Mateo County for low income families

Assistance during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is available. There are several charities, churches, as well as non-profits that will pass out free food, toys, presents, and other items to low income families. Or holiday food (groceries and meals) is available at pantries or soup kitchens. Find other free holiday programs in San Mateo County.

San Mateo regional diaper banks - They can help new moms and dads. The assistance is also combined with public aid and charitable resources. All together there may be the following.

  • Free diapers, baby wipes, and hygiene items.
  • Clothes for the newborn and mom as well.
  • Infant furniture, including cribs, high chairs, and more.
  • Find a hot of other baby supplies in San Mateo County.

Free electronics, iPhones and Google devices are offered to low-income families and people on public assistance. The companies also giveaway free smartphones as well for workers or educational reasons. Find details on a how to get a free iPhone with government benefits.

Free food, groceries in San Mateo County and pantries

Another charity to turn to for free food is the Second Harvest Food Bank. Dial 1-800-984-3663  or 1-800-984-FOOD. If you dial the number you will be put in touch with counselors who will help people and individuals in need of food find resources, pantries, charities, and service. The staff members are multilingual and they will direct callers to local food assistance programs in either Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties California.

  • Saint Anthony's Padua Dining Room is located in Menlo Park and can be reached at (650) 365-9665. The non-profit charity offers meals, food, and more. Other items distributed include free clothes, baby formula, and holiday meals.

Those are just a couple of the local centers. Click here for additional food pantries and distribution centers. They feed the needy. Locate free food banks and pantries in San Mateo County.

Foreclosure prevention and free debt reduction services in San Mateo

Many homeowners also need support in stopping a foreclosure, and the homeless prevention service helps with that as well. The agency also has information on mortgage help in California. Click mortgage help in California.

Consumer Credit Counseling Services is a non-profit that offers debt help, mortgage refis, budgeting and money management. Counselors provide free debt and mortgage counseling for persons encountering difficulties with facing a foreclosure or debt situations. They also help people in medical or hospital debt. Learn more on medical bill consolidation.

  • The agencies may offer money management, credit repair workshops and budgeting skills. The Debt Management Programs and Debt Solver Program is will help repay debts (including credit card and medical) and helping creditors to receive the money owed them. Housing counseling helps with avoiding and preventing foreclosure.
  • Many homeowners also need support in stopping a foreclosure, and the homeless prevention service helps with that as well. The agency also has information on mortgage help in California. Click mortgage help in California.
  • Also assists qualified individuals to develop a workable plan for the orderly liquidation of medical and credit card debts. In addition, call about the availability of free workshops for surviving unemployment, mastering credit for high school students, and first-time home buying.
  • Credit counselors provide support, advice, and counseling on tasks such as budget planning, personal money management, bankruptcy filing and the various uses of credit. Call 800 777-7526 for non-profit San Mateo credit counseling. Or look here for advice in investing for children with apps.





Free health care clinics

Try the following for low cost and maybe even free medical care. Any bills will usually be based on the patients income, and very few, if any people are turned away from these centers. Or find other California community clinics.

  • San Mateo County Health System - 650 573-2757
  • Samaritan House Free Clinic is part of Redwood City programs. Free checkups, physicals, women's health care, vision and more is offered from 114 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063. Dial (650) 839-1447, or look here for free eyecare in CA.
  • San Mateo Medical Center - Has several centers around the region. Call (650) 877-7070. The location is 306 Spruce Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080.
  • Under insured clinics can help those with limited health policies, and find uninsured medical programs in California.

Those are some of the leading medical and dental clinics in the county. Other options are also for the low income as well as uninsured. Physicals, immunizations, prescription drugs and other goods are offered. Click here to find several other locations that may have sliding fee scales for low income and uninsured. Or more details on free community clinics in San Mateo County.


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