Shasta County assistance programs.

Many low income families need financial help or free stuff. There are charities, churches and government assistance programs in Shasta that offer assistance when struggling. Find how and where to apply for emergency rent help, low income utility bill assistance, medical, get grants or loans to pay a mortgage and free food among other programs. Redding area families and those in the county can also get free school supplies for students or clothes for work. There is also free non-profit debt help, foreclosure help or learn about free transportation (gas or bus vouchers for work).

the goal of the charities and government is (1) short term financial help along with (2) long term stability. Of course the main basic needs of housing, food, and health are available, but there is also information on help with all living expenses.

The primary place to turn to for help is the Shasta County Community Action Agency. The agency has referrals only, but have information on several programs that assist residents, and they can also refer people to other local agencies, and provide them information if need be on federal and state of California assistance programs.

Utility bill assistance program - This program will help local residents as counselors will partner with local utility and gas companies. The agency will provide referrals to agencies with funding that will be used to pay past due utility accounts. This financial assistance will allow the low income client to keep their service on and therefore remain in their home or apartment.

By paying the late fees on the customers account, the customer will avoid having their power turned off an avoid eviction notices. Another main benefit of this program is it will allow the family to use their own money for paying for their other essential needs such as medication, food, prescriptions, transportation, gas, rent, and mortgages.

 

 

 

 

Water Heater Replacement program -This program is targeted at low income families, seniors, and the disabled. If a water heater is broken or even outdating or needs replacement funding may be available for the applicant. Or a low cost, low payment loan can be arranged.

Low interest loans for home repairs - Another program that was implemented by Shasta County Housing and Community Action is one that offers a low-interest loan for the repair, modernization or update of your home. The housing program is available in the un-incorporated area of Shasta County. The loans are very low interest, and the loan amounts range from $5,000.00 to $90,000.00. Repairs can include new roofs or repairs, window replacement, water heaters, insulation, and much more.

Rent assistance and eviction prevention - Another resource offered by referrals only from the Shasta County Community Action Agency is the federal government funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. This service provides low income families with both short term and long term assistance as well as possible emergency money for paying rent. The funds are limited and come with restrictions.

 

 

 

 

Remote employment or job center - Shasta County Community Action Agency tries to address unemployment as well as lack of work skills. They may have information on freelance jobs as well as the federal government workforce centers. Learn what employers have jobs or offer help, and find free job training in California.

Qualified applicants can receive up to 18 months of rent payments, as funding allows. Money for utility and heating bills is also available by other agencies in Shasta County. Unfortunately many low-income and unemployed individuals have had their utilities turned off for failure to pay, which then leads to evictions, and this program is intended to prevent homelessness so that expense is covered as well.

Additional rental assistance is available from a combination of local non-profits as well as government programs. An application process is in place, and any type of help for a security deposit or past due rent will come with various conditions. They may include the family needs to move into transitional housing in the Redding area, or participate in counseling. Find rent help in Shasta County.

Other options for low income families from Community Action - The above are just a few examples of what people can get help with. Some other free services offered include  the Section 8 Tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Family Self-sufficiency Program, and much more.

For information or referrals, call the Shasta County Community Action Agency, which is headquartered in Redding, at (530) 225-5160.

Salvation Army may have occasional funds for expenses such as rent or utility bills from Project REACH. They partner with FEAM on this. Other programs may include a food pantry, clothing, or holiday meals. There are also free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, a homeless shelter, as well as free back to school supply giveaway events. Call the center at 530-527-8530.

Rural transportation and other services are offered. They can help people that live in outlying communities get around. There may be everything from free firewood to rides from volunteers to a health clinic or hospital. Home repairs or maintenance, prescription drug deliveries and other resources may be offered in Shasta County in the sparsely populated area. Find rural assistance programs.

Dorcas Community Center operates a pantry. They may have food, clothing, and basic needs in Redding as well. The phone number is 530-824-2753.

Catholic Social Service, phone 530-824-7670, offers many services. There are emergency food supplies and applications to benefits such as CalWorks or low income housing. Job readiness and training is also offered in Shasta County by the non-profit, and referrals are offered.

Church Without Walls is a food pantry located at 857 Washington Street, Red Bluff, CA, 96080. There is a meal after the Sunday service. 530-567-5031.

 

 

 

 

Free food - Dozens of pantries as well as soup kitchens are available in both Redding and Shasta County California. Low income families may receive assistance from a center, if they are qualified and facing a crisis. Everything from fresh fruits or vegetables are offered along with a box of groceries.

Senior citizens may sometimes have a meal delivered to them as well. There are also soup kitchens that offer holiday assistance, such as a Christmas meal, or that will feed the homeless. Read Shasta County free food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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