Yolo County assistance programs.

Federal government stimulus funds are flowing to agencies located throughout the state. Four local charities and agencies that are trying to provide struggling people with help paying bills, attempting to help the homeless and provide aid for those facing eviction in the Central Valley are receiving some grants from the federal government to offset the cost of rental housing and other housing expenses.

The Yolo Family Resource Center, located at 409 Lincoln Avenue, Woodland, CA, is receiving about $1.6 million. Phone 530.406.7221.

Type of help is offered at Yolo Family Resource Center

The center has several programs. In regards to rent help, the money can be used to provide short- or medium-term rental assistance, money for security or utility deposits. housing search, mediation or outreach to property owners, credit repair, funds for utility bill payments, moving cost assistance and a host of other homelessness prevention or rapid rehousing activities.

Just a sampling of the other assistance programs offered include Economic Self-sufficiency, which is an extensive Self-sufficiency (ESS) Program that tries to bring and maintain families out of poverty and dependency. Participants in this self sufficiency course will receive basic money management skills and financial literacy including basic financial planning, credit counseling, budgeting, advice to deal with credit card debt, ways for opening checking and savings accounts, and how to save.




They also offer a wide variety of other programs, including advice on health insurance, head start, and more. Contact the Yolo Family Resource Center for more information and how to apply.

Help with credit repair, debt, and foreclosure

If you are struggling with paying your debts, or need help preventing a foreclosure, call the non-profit Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions. The non-profit agency is a national non-profit consumer credit counseling organization that operates in the Yolo California area as well. You will be working with a dedicated housing or credit counselor, and they will help you both identify and resolve your financial problems, whether they are unpaid debts or a foreclosure. They refer people to mortgage programs as well. They accomplish this by providing counseling, negotiation, and other free advice and programs. Phone (209) 985-3650 x 3531. Click here for more information on foreclosure prevention programs.





Health care and clinics

CommuniCare Health Centers (phone number (530) 753-3498) is a clinic that provides primary dental and medical care services, mental and behavioral health services, health education, information on government programs, and outreach to the uninsured, low income and underinsured residents of Yolo County California.

Community Medical Centers, Inc. provides family planning and well-child care including prenatal care, immunizations (CHDP physicals), children's physicals, employee physicals and truck driver (DMV) physicals. The community clinic also offers AIDS counseling, mental health and testing and prenatal classes. The two centers are 131 West A Street, Suite 1, Dixon, CA, 95620 as well as 17050 South Grafton Street, Esparto California 95627. Call (707) 635-1600 for an appointment.

Northern Valley Indian Health of Woodland is a nonprofit health care organization that provides dental, medical and behavior health counseling services to American Indians in northern California. A sliding fee scale is in place as well. Some of the medical care offered is prenatal care referral, infant and child care, TB skin testing, immunizations and well-baby care, vision and hearing screening, hospitalization referral, medications, and Pap smears. Dental care is offered too, including fluoride treatment, cleanings, root canals to save diseased teeth, oral surgery, bridges and dentures, and more. Telephone - (530) 661-4400.

Access free food programs

The Food Bank of Yolo County helps thousands of people each and every year. They provide in total 2-3 million pounds of food and groceries annually to dozens of charities and nonprofit agencies and to thousands of low-income households in the region. (530) 668-0690

Another organization to turn to is Knights Landing Family Resource Center. Phone (530) 735-1776. The non-profit can help families with children, seniors, and other needy Yolo residents with obtaining free food, groceries, and holiday meals.




Several other charities and pantries operate in the county. They offer free groceries, items such as clothes or holiday food baskets, and maybe even Christmas meals or small toys for kids. More on food banks in Yolo County.

Low income assistance programs

Those facing an emergency or hardship can contact the county Department of Employment and Social Services (DESS). Dial 530/661-2750. The county may refer you to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee. This organization has been operating for over 40 years, and they offer emergency financial assistance and cash grants to low-income Yolo County residents. Funds can be used to pay for food, rent, clothing, utilities and heating bills, employment and education expenses and bills.

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. James Catholic Church provides emergency, short term assistance. Free food, rental assistance, funds for paying utility bills, and other basic needs may be met by this Yolo County charity. 1275 B Street, Davis, California, 95616, main number is (530) 756-3636, or continue reading.

West Sacramento Active Aging Programs supports Yolo County residents as well. Assistance is for seniors and/or residents over the age of 55. While many social services and recreation services are offered, the agency can also provide information on government assistance such as Medicare, offer Meals on Wheels, and refer individuals to prescription assistance programs, among other services. Dial (916) 617-4620.

Legal Assistance Northern California and Yolo - Find advice for civil law issues. Clients may receive help with housing, foreclosure advice, or assistance with a bankruptcy filing. The lawyers also work to stop evictions and homelessness in the county. Click more details.





STEAC may provide financial help at most once every 2 years to people that qualify. The non-profit can offer interest free loans or even other funds for certain bills. Everything from rent to utilities (water or electricity) may be paid. If the couple hundred dollars available is not enough, then find other sources of government assistance for residents.

There is other support as well. Other housing costs that STEAC may help with include security deposits and there may also be free clothes for job interviews. The staff also provide referrals and guidance. Dial 530-758-8435.

State of California, Community Services and Development Department can process applications for the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP) as well as weatherization and home rehabilitation. Staff can also administer several utility company sponsored reduced rate programs to save money on your energy bills. (866) 675-6623.

Salvation Army of Yolo County provides partial payments of rent, housing, and household energy bills for low-income people. It is for those facing an energy emergency and/or hardship circumstances. Other social services include a free food pantry, job counseling, Christmas assistance, and school supplies. Case managers can also direct clients to shelter and short term transitional housing units. Other aid includes clothing and household goods from a thrift store. Address is 413 Main Street in Woodland, CA, 95695. Call (530) 661-0141. Read more.

Individuals facing an eviction and the current homeless can stop by or contact Yolo Wayfarer Center Christian Mission. This charity organization provides food, clothing, eviction prevention, shelter and treatment to meet the emergency, financial, transitional, and spiritual needs of the homeless and near homeless in the local community. (530) 661-1218





The North Coast Opportunities, Inc. is Yolo counties community action agency. They can be reached at (707) 467-3200 . This agency can also provide low income and others access to limited financial assistance, and are a great resource to use to learn about your various options.


By Jon McNamara

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