Financial Assistance

Several agencies throughout Sonoma County assist low income residents (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.


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 or apply online:

Calfresh/Food Stamp Assistance: The following agencies help people with applying for 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: 284-3850.
  • Community Action Partnership  Sonoma Co. (SR): 544-6911
  • Healdsburg Day Labor Center: 433-6652
  • La Luz Center (Boyes Hot Springs): 938-5131
  • Petaluma People Services Center: 765-8488


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.

Healthy Kids Sonoma Co.:800-427-8982. 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.

California Kids Healthcare Foundation (CalKids): 1-818-755-9700.
Low cost medical & dental insurance for children. Se habla español.

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.)

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. Benefits CalWIN (BCW):  Apply online at: or


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.

Social Security Benefits (SSI & SSDI): 1-877-870-6384 (local)/800-772-1213 7am-7pm. Assists people with disabilities with applying for financial assistance. Can apply online. Many community clinics & service agencies offer application assistance. Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-3pm, Wed 9am-12 noon. 2099 Range Av, Bldg A (map). Se habla español.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): 565-5500. Cash 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.


Countywide (Santa Rosa location)
Catholic Charities: 542-5426.
Helps low-income people with rent & utilities, housing & motel vouchers, affordable housing search, foreclosure counseling & consumer credit education. Documentation & appt. required. M-F 8am-5pm. 987 Airway Ct. (map). Se habla español.

Catholic Worker: 575-8343. Rent & utility assistance. Priority given to families with children. First come, first served. Tue 9am. 465 A St. (map). Se habla español. Also see Food section.

Community Action Partnership Sonoma Co. (CAPS): 544-6911. Rent & utility assistance for Santa Rosa, Fulton&Larkfield residents. Orientation Mon 10am. Check in 15 min early with photo ID. 1300 No. Dutton Ave. (map).  Se habla español.

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 and Senior Services sections. 30 Kawana Springs Rd. (map).

Disability Services & Legal Center Housing Program: 528-2745.  Helps disabled individuals & family members with housing search, rental deposits or late rent. Must attend orientation Mon 1:30pm. First come, first served. M-F 8am-12 noon, 1pm-5pm.
521 Mendocino Ave. (map)
. Se habla español & ASL. Also see Disability Services section.

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.

North Bay Veterans Resource Center (Div. of Veterans Resource Centers of America): 578-8387 (VETS).  Provides utility, security deposit & rental assistance for low income vets. M-F 8am-5pm. After hours appointments  available.
200 Montgomery Drive, Suite C (map)

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. 93 Stony  Circle (map). Se habla español limitada.

Wallace House Community Services/CCOC
: 894-2727. Helps with rent, security deposit, PG&E & water bill, 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.

Healdsburg Day Labor Center (California Human Development): 433-6652.
Helps with rent & utilities M-F 7am-12pm. 405 Grove St. (map). Se habla español. Also see Employment & Training section.

North County Community Svs: 433-6161. Administers Season of Sharing and HCA Housing Assistance programs for Healdsburg, Windsor & Cloverdale residents. By appointment. Mon, Wed & Fri 11am-4pm. 209 Matheson St. (map). Se habla español. Also see Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing sections.

Petaluma People Services Center: 765-8488.  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. No walk-ins. 1500 Petaluma Blvd So. #A (map). Se habla español. Also see Counseling & Mental Health, Employment & Training, Food, Legal Services, Senior Services and Paratransit sections.

The Salvation Army: 769-0716. Helps with rent, PG&E & critical needs. Apply by phone. Mon-Thu 1pm-3pm. Se habla español.

Sonoma Valley
Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH): 996-0111.
One time assistance for rent, deposit or utilities.  Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Also see Food and Transportation sections.

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 and Health Care sections.

North County Community Svs: 433-6161. Help with rent & utilities for Windsor, Healdsburg, Cloverdale residents. M-F 2:30pm-4pm.
209 Matheson St. (map)
. Se habla español limitada. Also see Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing sections.


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.

Windsor Service Alliance: 838-6947.  Help with gas & electric bills.  I.D. & proof of Windsor residency required. 8987 Windsor Rd. (map). Se habla español.

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