Several agencies throughout Sonoma County assist low income residents, who have been living in our county for 6 months or more, with one month’s rent or mortgage, security deposit and utilities. In some cases, assistance is available for critical needs like medical equipment costs. Eligibility varies from program to program. Funds are generally paid to the landlord or service provider. Many agencies also assist with food stamp applications.
FOOD STAMPS (CALFRESH):
Countywide (Santa Rosa location)
CalFresh (Food Stamps): 565-2715 or 800-331-2278. For elderly, disabled or low income individuals & families. You do not need a physical address to be eligible for food stamps. Walk-ins M-F 8am-4:30pm. Apply for services M-F 8am-3pm. 2550 Paulin Dr. (map). Se habla español. For more CalFresh info, call 1-877-699-6868, visit www.sonomacalfresh.org or apply online: http://www.benefitscal.com
Calfresh/Food Stamp Assistance: The following agencies also help with applying for Calfresh/Food Stamps. Se habla español.
Catholic Charities will help you with your application at the SR Farmer’s Market, Veterans Memorial Bldg, East Parking Lot, 1351 Maple Ave. (map) from 8:30am-12 noon, first Saturday of every month.
- Catholic Charities (SR): 284-3850.
- Community Action Partnership Sonoma Co. (SR): 544-6911
- Healdsburg Day Labor Center: 433-6652
- La Luz Center (Boyes Hot Springs): 938-5131
- North Sonoma County Services (Healdsburg): 433-6161
- Petaluma People Services Center: 765-8488
HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE:
Countywide (Santa Rosa location)
Catholic Charities: 284-3850. Helps with Covered California applications and enrollment in Medi-Cal for children under 21. Se habla español. www.srcharities.org
Healthy Kids Sonoma Co.: 800-427-8982. firstname.lastname@example.org Bilingual, bicultural staff helps parents enroll children to age 18 in affordable medical, dental, vision & mental health insurance plans, including prenatal coverage for pregnant women. Se habla español. www.healthykidssonomacounty.org
California Kids Healthcare Foundation (CalKids): 1-818-755-9700. Low cost medical & dental insurance for children. Se habla español. www.californiakids.org
Covered California (California Health Benefit Exchange): 916-445-4171. Affordable health care coverage. Sliding scale. May be eligible for free coverage through Medi-Cal. Enrollment assistance offered at Santa Rosa Community Health Centers. (See Health Care section for locations.) https://www.coveredca.com
Medi-Cal: 1-877-699-6868. Medi-Cal pays for eligible medical, dental & emergency services & medicine for low-income individuals, children & disabled individuals. M-F 8:30am-3pm. May apply over the phone. 2550 Paulin Dr. (map). Se habla español. www.sonoma-county.org Benefits CalWIN (BCW): Apply online at: https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org or https://www.coveredca.com.
Countywide (Santa Rosa location)
General Assistance: 565-2715. Temporary cash assistance for low income, unemployed or disabled individuals. Walk-ins M-F 8am-5pm. Apply for services M-F 8:30am-3pm. 2550 Paulin Dr. (map). Se habla español. www.sonoma-county.org
Social Security Benefits (SSI & SSDI): 1-877-870-6384 (local)/800-772-1213 7am-7pm. Assists people with disabilities with applications for financial assistance. Can apply online. Many community clinics & service agencies also offer application assistance. Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-3pm, Wed 9am-12 noon. 2099 Range Av, Bldg A (map). Se habla español. www.socialsecurity.gov
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): 565-5500. Cash and child care assistance for families with dependent children. Walk-ins M-F 8am-5pm. Apply M-F 8:30am-3pm. 2227 Capricorn Way #100 (map). Se habla español. www.sonomaworks.org
RENT & UTILITY ASSISTANCE:
Countywide (Santa Rosa location)
Catholic Charities: 542-5426. Helps low-income people with rent & utilities, Section 8 housing & motel vouchers, affordable housing search, foreclosure counseling & consumer credit education. Documentation & appointment required. M-F 8am-5pm. 987 Airway Ct. (map). Se habla español. www.srcharities.org
Community Action Partnership Sonoma Co. (CAPS): 544-6911. Rent, deposit & mortgage assistance for Sonoma County residents. Rent & Mortgage assistance may be available to qualified applicants for up to 3 months, providing the family meets all the criteria and works with a financial coach to better their financial situation. Money does not have to be paid back. May also assist qualified applicants with partial deposit assistance in the form of a micro-loan paid directly to the landlord. Deposits are returned to the agency after the applicant moves from the residence. To be eligible for a deposit, applicant must have a signed lease or a letter of approval from the owner/landlord of the property.
Because of the high demand for assistance, the day of the Financial 101 Workshop, applicants pick up raffle tickets to attend the workshop beginning at 9 am on the first Wednesday of every month. Tickets for the English workshop will be distributed between 9 am until 1 pm. Tickets for the Spanish workshop will be distributed between 9 am and 2:30 pm. Please let the receptionist know if you are applying for deposit assistance or rent/mortgage assistance. Drawing for the English workshop will be at 1:15 PM. Drawing for the Spanish workshop will be at 2:45 pm. Applicants must be present at time of the drawing to remain eligible for a seat in the workshop. (Workshop attendance does not guarantee assistance.) Remaining workshop dates for 2015: Nov 4, Dec 2. 1300 No. Dutton Ave. (map). Se habla español. www.capsonoma.org
Council on Aging Services for Seniors: 525-0143. Rent & deposit assistance for seniors 60+ (except Petaluma & West County). M-Th 8:30am-5pm; Fri 8:30am-3:30pm. Also see Food: Meals, Legal Services & Senior Services sections. 30 Kawana Springs Rd. (map). www.councilonaging.com
Disability Services & Legal Center Housing Program: 528-2745. Helps disabled individuals & family members with housing search, rental deposits or late rent. Must attend orientation Mondays 1:30pm. First come, first served. Office hours: M-F 8am-12 noon, 1pm-5pm. 521 Mendocino Ave. (map). Se habla español & ASL. Also see Disability Services section. www.disabilityserviceandlegal.org
Face to Face/Sonoma County AIDS Network: 544-1581. Helps with rent, utilities, critical needs & benefits applications for people with HIV/AIDS. Tue-Fri 9am-5pm. 873 Second St. (map). Se habla español. Also see Health Care, Transportation & Permanent Supportive Housing sections. www.f2f.org
North Bay Veterans Resource Center (Div. of Veterans Resource Centers of America): 578-8387 (VETS). Provides utility payment, security deposit & rental assistance to low income vets. M-F 8am-5pm. After hours appointments available. 200 Montgomery Drive, Suite C (map). www.vetsresource.org
The Salvation Army: 542-0998. Helps with rent, utilities, food, clothing & unexpected financial hardship. Apply by phone. M-Th 1pm-3pm. Photo ID & birth certificates for children required. 93 Stony Circle (map). Se habla español limitada. www.salvationarmysantarosa.org
Wallace House Community Services: 894-2727. Helps with rent, security deposit, PG&E & water bills, bus passes, food, clothing & gas vouchers for Cloverdale & Geyserville residents. M-F 9am-12 noon. 126 No. Main St. (map). Se habla español. Also see Emergency Shelters, Permanent Supportive Housing & Transitional Housing sections. www.wallacehouse.org
Community & Family Service Agency: 823-1640. Season of Sharing: one time help with rent or deposit & other critical needs (no car repairs). By appointment. 16390 Main St. map. Se habla español. Also see Emergency Shelters, Counseling & Mental Health, Food and Senior Services sections. www.cfsa-sonoma.org
Healdsburg Day Labor Center (California Human Development): 433-6652. Helps with rent, utilities & food stamp applications. M-F 7am-12pm. 405 Grove St. (map). Se habla español. Also see Employment & Training section. www.californiahumandevelopment.org
North Sonoma County Svs: 433-6161. Helps with rent & security deposit for Healdsburg, Windsor & Cloverdale residents. By appointment. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm. 209 Matheson St. (map). Se habla español limitada. Also see Emergency Shelters & Transitional Housing sections. http://northsonomacountyservices.wordpress.com
COTS Rapid Re-Housing (RRH): 765-6530 x 113. Provides security deposit and/or rental assistance to homeless individuals & families. Must be homeless at time of application. Applications must be received during open application periods only. See rapidrehousing.wikispaces.com for more information. www.cots-homless.org
Petaluma People Services Center: 765-8488. email@example.com Provides one time grant for people at risk of losing their home. Applicants may be rejected for not meeting program guidelines, or if there are no funds available. Grant does not cover an entire security deposit or rent for applicants on Section 8/HUD Voucher. No walk-ins. 1500 Petaluma Blvd So. #A (map). Se habla español. Also see Alcohol & Drug Recovery, Counseling & Mental Health, Employment & Training, Food, Legal Services, Senior Services & Paratransit sections. www.petalumapeople.org
The Salvation Army: 769-0716. Helps with rent, utilities & critical needs. Apply by phone. Mon-Thu 1pm-3pm. Se habla español. www.tsatoday.org
Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH): 996-0111. One time assistance for rent, deposit or utilities. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Also see Food & Transportation sections. www.friendsinsonomahelping.org
La Luz Center: 938-5131. Helps with rent, utilities & emergency assistance. Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Se habla español. 17560 Greger St. (map). Also see Employment & Training, Food & Health Care sections. www.laluzcenter.org
North Sonoma County Svs: 433-6161. Helps with rent & utilities for Windsor, Healdsburg & Cloverdale residents. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm. 209 Matheson St. (map). Se habla español limitada. Also see Emergency Shelters & Transitional Housing sections. http://northsonomacountyservices.wordpress.com
UTILITY ASSISTANCE ONLY:
North Coast Energy Services: 463-0303 or 800-233-4480. Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides one time payment per calendar year. Depends on income, household size & funding. Households facing shutoff (15-day or 48-hour notice) may receive immediate help. Call 800-233-4480 for current locations & hours. M-F 8am-4:30pm. Se habla español. www.northcoastenergyservices.com
Windsor Service Alliance: 838-6947. Helps with late gas & electric bills. Photo ID & proof of Windsor residency required. 8987 Windsor Rd. (map). Se habla español. Also see Food: Emergency Groceries section. www.windsorservicealliance.org