Stanislaus County assistance programs.

Find how to get, and where to apply for assistance with bills below. There are places to turn to for rent, utility bill, or mortgage help. Locate charities, churches, and non-profits to apply at in Stanislaus County. The financial help is combined with free food, gasoline vouchers, job programs, free foreclosure or credit counseling in Modesto and more. The resources help the low income, seniors, and working poor in a crisis.

The following services and programs are offered by the Central Valley Opportunity Center as well as other local agencies. This non-profit community action agency can be reached at (209) 537-9217.

Education and scholarships

For almost the last 40 years, the Central Valley Opportunity Center has awarded educational grants and scholarships to academically deserving students who live in Stanislaus County. The agency feels that it is  particularly rewarding to help these bright young people realize the dream of a good education and a higher income, and to provide them the ability to meet that goal. At minimum five scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduating seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, the potential for success, and financial need. Click here to find additional free scholarships.

Job finding assistance

The CVOC community action agency also provides local residents with job placement assistance. Counselors and job development staff will help people with locating entry-level positions in the employment fields desired by the customer and available in Stanislaus County, Modesto, and the local service area. The primary objective of this jobs program is to secure meaningful and productive employment for customers, and help them become self-sufficient. All people who are are provided Job Search and Survival skills will be able to develop personal and vocational skills necessary for customers to secure and maintain employment, and improve their career prospects.





Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP)

If you are facing the disconnection of your heating or utility service, this program provides a one time cash grant payment per year to low-income customers that have received a 48-Hour Shut Off or Disconnection Notice. Additional aid is provided to a senior citizen or a disabled person if they have received a 15-Day Shut Off Notice. In addition, this assistance program also provides help to customers in obtaining heating oil, propane and firewood for heating or repair or replacement of heating sources, such as repairs to their furnace. Click here to read more on heating system repair programs.

Home Energy Assistance Program

This federal government funded program provides one payment per year to low-income persons in California to help them pay energy bills. You do not need a disconnect notice for assistance. Call Central Valley Opportunity Center at the number above.

Emergency food program

Catholic Charities, which can be reached at 209.532.7632, administers the Emergency Food Program. This will provide people in need with a temporary solution to hunger. The program supplies a box of nutritious food and groceries to over 250 families each month.

Rent and financial assistance

The Stanislaus County Housing Authority provides low income families with help paying rent as well as safe and sanitary housing. They also manage a Minor Home Repair Program. They can be reached at 557-2000.

Community Housing & Shelter Services (527-0444) offers qualified individuals with rental assistance, temporary shelter, and housing counseling for families in a crisis or emergency situation.

Central Valley Opportunity Center provides emergency housing and rental assistance to families with paying their rent and/or emergency shelter. Call 537-9217, or find more details on Central Valley Opportunity Center programs.

Stanislaus Community Assistance Project - This agency runs the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program. The HPRP program provides limited cash grants and funding, short-term financial assistance (rent, security deposit or utility bill assistance, moving costs) for those who have lost housing, are facing an eviction or who are at risk of losing housing. Modesto California. (209) 572-2437




Salvation Army Modesto Corps - Several assistance programs are offered, including the REACH Program. This is a non-entitlement, non-tax supported program that provides the low income and others with the payment of household crisis energy bills for low to moderate income individuals who have no alternative form of energy bill assistance. Some of the other assistance offered includes Emergency Food Assistance, Christmas Basket, Income Tax Preparation, and Housing Aid. Call (209) 522-3209. Also find additional utility assistance programs.

Salvation Army Turlock Corps Community Center - Serves the emergency needs of the low income and struggling in the community through a variety of assistance programs including TID Utility Assistance, Low Income Tax Preparation Assistance (VITA), EACH Utility Assistance, Rent Help, Emergency Food Baskets, as well as Referral and Information Assistance. 893 Lander Avenue, Turlock, California 95380, phone (209) 667-609

Other programs are offered by the Modesto area Salvation Army centers. Additional details.

Sacred Heart Church offers emergency assistance for paying rent and/or utility bills. Additional services can include food, clothing, and more to the low income and suffering. They also partner with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul charity organization in Stanlius. 529 I Street, Patterson, California, 95363, dial 209-892-9321.

Center For Human Services (CHS) is a One Stop Family Resource Center providing a variety of services to Westside residents. While funding and conditions apply, this can include rent, medications, and more. Other programs include Job Search Assistance, Child Health Exams, Resource / Referral and more. 1300 Patchett Drive, Newman, CA, 95360. Call 209-862-0295

Housing programs, including homeless prevention services, help the working poor and low income. Several non-profits receive government grants each year, and they allocate the money to struggling households. Senior citizens, single mothers, the disabled, families living in poverty and immigrants may all be assisted.

  • Legal aid can help with applications to benefits, including section 8 or CalWorks.
  • Money may assist with utility bills (water, electric, or heating).
  • Other expenses that can be paid include rent, motel rooms, job related expenses (such as transportation or clothing) and more. Continue with homeless and rehousing in Stanislaus County.

Family Promise Of Greater Modesto offers food, meals, shelter, and housing to people facing eviction and the homeless. Case managers will help place people into new housing and gain stability. A number of local churches are part of this charity, and they offer various services to families in poverty. 2301 Woodland Avenue, Modesto, California, 95358. Call 888-955-6455, or more on Modesto Family Promise programs.





Churches and Catholic Charity - In addition to the food program indicated above, this charity organization offers other programs. Examples of them include assistance for senior citizens, immigrants, and families with children. Food, medical care, Christmas meals and gifts are all offered. Additional resources can be provided as funding allows. Click here.

Community Services Agency is involved in offering almost 100 programs across the county. They process applications for state of California public assistance as well as federal government benefits, and can also serve as a source of referrals to non-profits and job placement. Examples include the following.

  • CalFresh food stamps as well as information on Modesto area pantries.
  • Loans for bills or paying rent as part of general assistance.
  • Grants and cash assistance from CalWorks can help with everyday bills and living expenses.

The agency offers much more as well, both on education, job placement, and other financial support. Continue reading.

Non-profit rental and security deposit assistance - The agencies and programs listed above are multifaceted, meaning they can offer a number of different financial assistance programs, resources, and referrals to services such as public assistance. If your need is strictly housing or rent help, then find organizations that focus on Stanislaus County rent assistance.

Stanislaus County health care clinics

Health Services Agency offers telephone service to promote greater access to information and programs about health care providers. They provide access and information on health care related programs; and to provide referrals to community health clinics and social service agencies. Phone 800-834-8171.

Debt counseling, credit repair, and foreclosure counseling

ByDesign Financial Solutions supports the Modesto and Stanislaus County California area. Counselors from this non-profit are dedicated to helping people manage their finances, prevent a foreclosure and solve their debt problems. Some of the services offered include Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling; Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Counseling;  Pre-Purchase Counseling; and Renters Assistance and Eviction Assistance. (800) 750-2227

Food, clothing, counseling and non-financial aid

The following charities, non-profits, and agencies provide some or all of the following. Free food, groceries, produce, clothing hygiene items, and information. They are all great places to turn to for help. However there are additional pantries and government programs that battle hunger. Or find more Stanislaus County food banks.

Inter-Faith Ministries - This location services families in Modesto, Ceres, Empire, or Salida. Receive a 3 day supply of food. (209) 572-3117

Seventh Day Adventist Church - Offers Clothing & Household items, Food Pantry - canned foods cereals, breads, staples, and furniture, among other items. Modesto CA. (209) 523-5221





Westside Food Pantry - Provides groceries and free food for at least 3 days or more if needed. Call (209) 892-8455

Calvary Temple Worship Center - Phone (209) 529-7346. Stop by or call for food.


By Jon McNamara

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