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Assistance programs Modesto and Stanislaus County

Find how to get, and where to apply for financial 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.

Resources are from charities as well as government assistance programs. Whether it is free legal eviction prevention defense help or lawyers that address immigrant needs (or housing discrimination), or gasoline vouchers or free school supplies or Christmas toys, assistance is offered including financial help in Modesto and the county.

Rent, free items and emergency financial assistance in Stanislaus County

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 are available in the Central Valley area. 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. There are also ESL classes offered. 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 as well as free career counseling is offered by the Central Valley Opportunity Center. There is also help for Spanish speaking residents as well as immigrants (documented or not) and migrant farm workers.
    The CVOC community action agency also provides local residents with job placement assistance. Counselors and career development staff will help people with locating entry-level positions in the employment fields desired by the customer and available in Stanislaus County, Modesto, as well as 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. There is information on all sorts of income opportunities in Stanislaus County. All people who are are provided Job Search and Survival skills will be able to develop personal as well as vocational skills necessary for customers to secure and maintain employment. CVOV will help them improve their career prospects. Or pursue other non-traditional opportunities, including online product testing jobs or marketing opportunities.
  • Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) can stop disconnections.  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 is a free grant based resource. 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 is available in the county. This also includes migrant farm workers as well as immigrants from Mexico. 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. Both pantries and soup kitchens are offered. The program supplies a box of nutritious food and groceries to over 250 families each month.





The Stanislaus County Housing Authority provides low income families with help paying rent as well as safe and sanitary housing. Section 8 HUD vouchers are run by the agency. They also manage a Minor Home Repair Program. They can be reached at 557-2000. Or find more details on section 8 rent subsidies in California.

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. Loans, grants, or even free legal aid can be given.

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 social services are below. Other programs are offered by the Modesto area Salvation Army centers. They include a homeless shelter, back to school supply giveaways, case management, free Angel Tree Christmas gifts and more. Additional details on Modesto and Stanislaus County Salvation Army.

  • 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. Resources include TID Utility Assistance, Low Income Tax Preparation Assistance (VITA), EACH Utility Assistanc. The charity may also offer one time Rent Help, Emergency Food Baskets, as well as Referral and Information Assistance. 893 Lander Avenue, Turlock, California 95380, phone (209) 667-6091.

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. They also help migrant farm workers in Stanislaus County find affordable short term housing. 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 more on Catholic Charities Stanislaus County assistance programs.

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.

  • Information on legal aid for tenants and homeowners, including those facing homelessness, evictions, or foreclosures. More on free legal eviction defense help.
  • 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 Stanislaus Community Services Agency.

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.







Low income holiday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas assistance programs help both (1) families as well as (2) children. Struggling households in Stanislaus County can be given free food, Christmas presents, gifts, and more. Thanksgiving turkey giveaways as well as even Easter baskets may be given out as well as food and other items. More on Stanislaus County free holiday assistance programs.

Stanislaus County free 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.

There are many other free community health centers in the state and region. There is free medical (and sometimes dental) care for the low income, immigrants and uninsured. Children and adults can get help. Get free general medical check ups, dental cleanings, lab work, cancer screening, vaccinations and so much more. Find free community clinics in California.

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 as well as general Eviction Assistance. Dial (800) 750-2227

The non-profit credit counseling agencies can also help clients access low cost loans. The funds can be used to consolidate debts or maybe refinance car loans. Or pay everyday bills. Learn more on loans for borrowers with poor credit.

Free 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. There are also soup kitchens for free hot meals year round. Or find more Stanislaus County free 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

First Choice Health Services is based at 2801 Coffee Road, Modesto, CA 95355. They can help low income families (and woman) with pregnancy testing, counseling and more. There may be free stuff or food as including, including diapers, baby wipes, information on WIC or CalFresh, formula and more. Education is also offered as well as other services. Dial 209-353-3247

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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