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Rental assistance in Modesto and Stanislaus County.

Several non-profit organizations, churches and government programs focus on providing rental assistance in Modesto and Stanislaus County. The terms and eligibility of each program will vary, and some provide direct financial help with paying a security deposit or back rent to stop an eviction. Other programs can help individuals apply for low income housing, free hotel vouchers, or government aid such as section 8 HUD housing vouchers or government grants.

Most of the agencies also offer case management, counseling, and information as well as financial help. This is mostly done by all Modesto area agencies as money available for rental expenses is limited. Tenants can therefore learn about many government programs, such as public assistance and section 8 housing vouchers. As the counselors at these non-profits want to ensure that families and individuals in Stanislaus County California become self-sufficient over the mid to long term.

Below is a listing of the primary agencies and charities to call in the Modesto area for rent help or low income housing. Either loans or grants may be issued. Their hours and funding will be limited, so it is always strongly suggested that someone calls in advance. Also be sure to call for help as early as possible if you need rental assistance. Oftentimes it is too late if someone has already received an eviction notice.

Community Temporary Shelter Services - Both farm workers and other very low income persons can get renters assistance, transitional housing and case management. Assistance programs administered include low income Housing Services, Section 8 vouchers, homeless shelter for families, and also emergency rental or security deposit assistance. The non-profit will also offer general housing counseling. Address is 708 H St, Modesto, CA 95354, dial ((209) 527-0444.

Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center can help low income tenants, immigrants, and others. Based on funding, emergency short term rental assistance is offered from the office at 631 W F St, Oakdale, CA 95361. They also refer clients to low income apartments, housing, and grant programs. Call (209) 847-0420

Newman Family Resource Center is for residents of the town. They are based at 1300 Patchett Dr. Newman, CA 95360. Phone number is (209) 862-0295. The non-profit may have funds for rent, utilities, security deposits, or a mortgage payment. Case management is given too.




California Rural Legal Assistance gives free legal aid, including in Stanislaus County housing court to stop an eviction. They deal with housing discrimination of lower income families, including of immigrants and Spanish speakers if applicable. Or get help in applying for government aid from CRLA, like Section 8 rent subsidized housing or vouchers. The office address is  1020 15th Street, Modesto, California 95354. Free attorneys are at (209) 577-3811.

Central Valley Opportunity Center - Modesto - The non-profit offers emergency financial assistance to families and single parent families when funds are available for rental assistance. In addition, call to ask them about emergency shelter (shelter), transportation, eviction prevention and homeless assistance. The address is 1801 H St Suite A4, Modesto, CA 9535. Call, (209) 577-3210. Or learn more on rental and housing assistance from Central Valley Opportunity Center.

Stanislaus County Salvation Army - There are several locations around the county and Modesto. They may have limited rental assistance, clothing, shelter, case management, and a number of other housing programs and services. Dial (209) 577-3600. Another center is at 625 "I" St, Modesto, CA  95354, and call (209) 522-3209 for that location.

Community Sharing Christian Center - Eviction prevention and homeless programs. Oakdale, California 95361. Phone number - (209) 847-3401. There are also more national and regional services, and learn more on how to get rent help. The list of resources to the low income and working poor is extensive.

Access Center focuses on the currently homeless, substance abusers and mentally ill. Call (209) 272-8800. There is information on permanent housing as well as motel or hotel vouchers. Or meals as well as funds for firsts months rent, utility or security deposits. Address is 912 DStreet, Modesto, CA.

Community Services Agency offers many government benefits around housing, cash aid, welfare and more. The address is 251 E. Hackett Road, Modesto, CA 95358. Whether rent grants from Welfare to Work, low-income apartments, in-home services or something else, the government agency tries to help. Call (877) 652-0734.





Family Promise offers homeless prevention and rapid rehousinbg, including for veterans and the working poor. Get everything from emergency, immediate rental or utility help (to stop evictions) to money to pay for moving costs, free furniture for an apartment, or mortgage assistance. There are also free housing locater services, shelters, case management and other resources from 2301 Woodland Ave, Modesto, California 95358. Telephone is (209) 549-9454.

Stanislaus Housing Authority - Housing Services - Direct rental assistance for low and moderate income individuals and families as well as other subsidized low income housing is available. In addition, the government supported Housing Authority administers a number of Section 8 rental housing voucher assistance programs for low-income families and individuals.

The main objective of these resources is to provide adequate homeless prevention as well as low income housing solutions for families. This is done mostly by subsidizing a family’s rent in a privately owned rental home or apartments. In a crisis, there are emergency section 8 rent vouchers in Modesto for the disabled and/or elderly. The address is 1701 Robertson Rd., Modesto, California 95351, (209) 557-2000

Community Impact Central Valley offers various housing solutions, ranging from emergency loans for back rent to shelter and motel vouchers, which are limited. There is help for the disabled as well as residents with AIDs. Other resources include funds for security deposits and referrals to charities in Stanislaus for additional rental assistance.

Another service is the Stanislaus Community Assistance Project. Community Impact Central Valley offers housing and landlord/tenant programs are run. Location is 817 10th St, Modesto, CA 95354, phone (209) 572-2437.

Project Sentinel is a HUD agency. They can arrange free legal aid to stop evictions, ensure safe housing and apartments for seniors and the working poor, and offer support to tenants. There is advice to people behind on their rent or that need help with deposits and more. Dial 209-236-1577.

Homeless Prevention - Rapid Rehousing is available in Stanislaus County. Referrals can be given to agencies that help with rent, security deposits, or that even have free motel vouchers for children or single moms. A combination of government agencies as well as non-profits provide eviction or rental assistance to tenants. More details on Stanislaus County eviction and rehousing assistance.





The Wilton office of CVOC is another option. Single mothers or fathers can get rental assistance. There is also free legal aid and landlord/tenant mediation. Or motel vouchers may be combined with rent or utility help as well as a homeless shelter. All are focused on providing a home for kids, including immigrant or migrant workers. Address is 6838 Bridget Ct, Winton, California 95388. For information dial (209) 357-0062.

By Jon McNamara

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