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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
Location is 935 South State Highway 49
Jackson, California 95642-2646
Call (209) 223-1485 for intake.
Berkeley Community Action Agency
Address – 2180 Milvia Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Telephone number – (510) 981-5416
This non-profit serves the needy in Alameda County California.
Calaveras, Mariposa Community Action Agency
Mail address is P.O. Box 99
Mariposa, CA 95338
Phone number – (209) 966-3609
Campesinos Unidos, Inc.
Brawley, California 92227
Telephone: (760) 351-5100
The southern California region and counties of San Diego and Imperial are supported by this community action agency. Assistance programs offered include weatherization, electric bill assistance, job training, food, and much more.
Central Valley Opportunity Center of Stanislaus County
Winton, California 95388
Telephone: (209) 357-0062, or to get more information
City of Los Angeles Community Development Department
Main address is 1200 W. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Telephone number – (213) 744-7300
Resources are offered for all of Los Angeles County.
Colusa-Glenn-Trinity Community Action Partnership
Main address is 420 E. Laurel Street
Willows, CA 95988
Telephone: (530) 934-6514
Residents of Colusa, Glenn, and Trinity can call this location. While the focus is on job and employment services, they also run a food bank for California families and have other support.
Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
2255 Del Oro Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
Community Action Agency of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
Both Monterey and Santa Cruz County are supported. They offer services for immigrants, rent grants from RAP, and more. Another focus is on assisting day laborers as well as youth with their employment needs.
Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County
Main address is 5638 Hollister Avenue, Suite 230
Goleta, CA 93117
Telephone number (805) 964-8857
Apply for HEAP energy assistance. Receive referrals, case management, and poverty fighting programs and services.
Community Action Marin
29 Mary Street
San Rafael, California 94901
(415) 485-1489. For information on services,
Community Action of Napa Valley
Office location – 2310 Laurel Street, Suite 1
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 253-6100
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, Inc.
1030 Southwood Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Primary telephone: (805) 544-4355
Community Action Partnership of Kern
300 19th Street
Bakersfield, California 93301-4906
Telephone number – (661) 336-5236
Assistance is offered in other languages such as Spanish. Resources are offered for low income families, the working poor, seniors, and others. Food, case management, and self-sufficiency is provided by social workers from this community action agency.
Community Action Partnership of Madera County
1225 Gill Avenue
Madera, CA 93637
Telephone number is (559) 673-9173
Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Inc.
11870 Monarch Street
Garden Grove, CA 92841
Main telephone: (714) 897-6670
Helps families, individuals, disabled, and seniors across all of Orange County California.
There are a few main sites/offices in the area. The locations are.
- El Modena Resource Center, Address: 18672 E. Center Street, Orange, CA 92869, Office: 714-532-3595
- Anaheim Independencia Resource Center is based at 10841 Garza Ave., Anaheim, California. 92804. Call 714-826-9070
- Orange County Food Bank, 11870 Monarch Street, Garden Grove, California 92841. Telephone: (714) 897-6670 ext. 3601
- Community Action Partnership of Orange County – Monarch Office. Site address is 11870 Monarch Street, Garden Grove, CA 92841. Telephone – (714) 897-6670.
Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102
Riverside, California 92507
Main telephone: (951) 955-4900
Housing assistance, energy bill funds, and other financial aid is available. Or look into employment and job training programs.
The primary Community Action Partnership of Riverside County offices are below.
Hemet Service Center, 749 N. State St., Hemet, CA 92543, (951) 791-3567
County Administrative Center, 260 North Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225, phone (760) 921-5080
Workforce Development Center, 44-199 Monroe St., Suite D, Indio, CA 92201, phone (760) 863-2664
2038 Iowa Ave. Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507, telephone (951) 955 – 4900
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC)
696 S. Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0610
Telephone number to dial is (909) 723-1500
Thousands of low income families, seniors, and other turn to the non-profit. Food, information on job training, grants for rent or utilities and other aid is available.
Community Action Partnership of San Diego
1700 Pacific Highway, MS P-509
San Diego, CA 92101-7439
Telephone (Toll-Free): 1-866-262-9881
Assistance offered included Head Start, ESL, job programs, and limited financial aid. Get information on emergency rental assistance, and resources offered by PGE for paying utility bills.
Community Action Partnership of Solano
Address: 1545 N. Texas Street, Suite 201
Fairfield, California 94533
Community Action Agency and Partnership of Sonoma County
1300 N. Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401
Main telephone number to call for help is (707) 544-6911
Numerous assistance programs are available. They include LIHEAP, information on government benefits such as Cal-Fresh, employment programs, and more.]
Community Action Partnership of Ventura County
621 Richmond Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
Telephone: (805) 436-4000
Supports migrants and working poor. Food assistance, CalWork, housing, and career counseling are some of the services offered. Loans may pay for home repairs. Housing assistance may be offered too, including rent and security deposit assistance from the Homeless Transition Center.
It is easy to apply. Application locations for HEAP in Ventura County are:
- Address: 2700 Ponderosa Camarillo California 93010, 805-987-6486
- Address: 485 Old Telegraph Rd. Fillmore CA 93015, telephone number is 805-933-9800
- Salvation Army is based at 1407 Los Angeles Ave #P Simi Valley California 93063, telephone: 805-527-1070
- Address: 799 Moorpark Ave. Moorpark CA 93021, call 805-517-6260
- 1001 W, Gonzales Rd. Oxnard CA 93030, Primary phone: 805-988-9100
- Help of Ojai is based at 108 Fox St. Ojai California 93023. Telephone 805-640-3320
- Santa Paula 1st Five – Address: 217 N. 10th St. Santa Paula CA 93060, phone: 805-933-0701
- Ventura Avenue Adult Center is located at 550 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura CA 93001. Main phone: 805-648-3035.
- Simi Valley Senior Center helps the elderly and others. Address is 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley CA. Call 805-583-6363
- Project Understanding, Address: 43 E. Vince St. Ventura California 93001, 805-652-1326
Community Services and Employment Training (C-SET)
312 N.W. 3rd Avenue
Visalia, California 93279
Telephone number is (559) 732-4194
This non-profit supports Tulare County.
Contra Costa County, EHS, Community Services Bureau
40 Douglas Drive
Martinez, CA 94553
Telephone: (925) 313-1551
Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco
1426 Fillmore Street, Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone number is (415) 749-3971
Assistance for housing, rent, and homeless prevention. Also apply for public aid, including food stamps or health care. Many programs are administered for the northern California region.
El Dorado County Department of Community Services
3057 Briw Road, Suite A
Placerville, California 95667
Telephone number is (530) 642-7300
Supports residents of Alpine and El Dorado
This government agency also serves as the regional community action agency. Clients can apply for California programs such as CalFresh, section 8, home repair loans and other aid.
For more details or to apply for help, call a center near you.
Placerville Office is at 3047 Briw Road, Placerville, CA 95667, dial (530) 642-4850
South Lake Tahoe Office, 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, call (530) 573-4330
801 Vernon Street, Roseville, California 95678, Main telephone: (916) 782-3443
Foothill Unity Center Inc.
Primary location is 415 W. Chestnut Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
Telephone number – (626) 358-3486
Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
Address is 1920 Mariposa Mall, Suite 300
Fresno, CA 93721-2526
Telephone number – (559) 263-1010
Call for information on low income assistance and case management.
Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. Offers programs in Alpine, Inyo, and Mono.
P.O. Box 845
Bishop, CA 93514
Kings Community Action Organization, Inc.
1130 N. 11th Avenue
Hanford, CA 93230-5998
Telephone number is (559) 582-4386. Call for intake and an appointment.
Lassen-Plumas-Sierra Community Action Agency
P.O. Box 319
Quincy, California 95971
Families of the counties of Lassen, Plumas, and Sierra can apply for assistance from this non-profit.
Long Beach Community Action Partnership
Address: 3012 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90807
Telephone number is (562) 216-4600
This non-profit supports the immediate Long Beach region. Emergency assistance and social services may be available.
Long Beach Community Action Partnership has many referrals and relationships with partner groups. Some of the main ones are as follows
Long Beach Community Rental and housing assistance:
Beyond Shelter. 1301 W. 12th Street, Long Beach, California 90813, 562-733-1147
City of Long Beach Housing Authority, Department of Community Development is located at 521 E. Fourth Street, Long Beach, CA 90802. Call 562-570-6985.
Long Beach Community -food, clothing, and basic needs:
Catholic Charities, 123 E 14th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813, call 562-591-1351
Goodwill Industries, 800 West Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, California 908 telephone 562-435-3411
Long Beach Community Shelters and transitional housing
New Image Emergency Shelter, 401 E. Ocean Blvd, Suite 705, Long Beach, California 90802, 562-983-7289
Project Achieve Emergency Shelter, 123 E. 14th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813, telephone 562-218-9864
The goal of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership / Family Services Department is to help with a short term crisis and offer long term support. Among other things, they organize social supportive services, income tax assistance (VITA), job training opportunities, one-day workshops, access to government benefits, , volunteer community resources and referrals. The main center is at 3012 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90807, (562) 216-4600.
Los Angeles Community Action Board
Location is 12820 Crossroads Parkway South
City of Industry, CA 91746-3411
Call (562) 908-5715
This is another organization for the unemployed and those faced with poverty in Los Angeles. Get help with finding a job, and applying for programs such as medical care, rental assistance, and other aid.
Programs, available by referrals to other agencies, include Homeless Services that can help stop evictions by issuing grants for paying rent. There are also applications for benefits such as CalFresh, information on weatherization or energy bill assistance, and many employment services
Merced County Community Action Agency
Main address – P.O. Box 2085
Merced, CA 95344
Telephone number is (209) 723-4565
Modoc-Siskiyou County Community Action Agency
Address – 2060 Campus Drive
Yreka, California 96097
Telephone number is (530) 841-2761
Monterey County Community Action Partnership
Main address – 1000 S. Main Street, Suite 301
Salinas, CA 93901
Telephone number is (831) 755-8492
Northern California individuals, seniors, and families with children can turn to this agency for support. The agency supports Monterey County California.
The non-profit Community Action Board of Monterey County administers different programs whose purpose is to combat poverty and the causes of it. They do this through the coordination and administration of various assistance programs. They can refer you to programs that offer emergency services and assistance in the areas of housing, employment, food banks, reentry assistance for recently released inmates, immigration assistance and community building. They may be contacted at:
- 1000 S. Main St., Salinas CA 93901, Toll Free Phone #: 1-866-323-1953
- Seaside Office, 1281 Broadway Ave., Seaside Ca 93955, call 1-866-323-1953
- A third center is at 116 Broadway St., King City CA 93930. Phone – 1-866-323-1953
Nevada County Housing and Community Services
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
Telephone is (530) 265-1388.
The focus is on homeless prevention, home improvements, and similar social services.
North Coast Opportunities, Inc.
413 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Telephone number is (707) 462-1954
If you live in Humboldt, Mendocino, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo County, call this non-profit for referrals and assistance.
Oakland Community Action Partnership-Alameda County
150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4340
Oakland, CA 94612-2019
Telephone number – 888-886-9660 for referrals
Dozens of programs are available for low income, seniors, and the less fortunate. They range from government food programs and pantries to funds for paying for housing costs such as utilities and rent. A key focus is also on self-sufficiency, job training, and credit counseling. The programs are not run directly by the agency but instead partner agencies administer them to the public. Call 888-886-9660
Placer County Adult System of Care/Health & Human Services
Location is 11512 B Avenue
Auburn, California 95603
Telephone is (530) 889-7217
Redwood Community Action Agency of Humboldt
904 G Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Dial (707) 445-0881
Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA)
927 Del Paso Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95815
Telephone is (916) 263-3800
A number of career counseling services, job training, and similar programs are offered. Also get information on housing, emergency energy and rent help, and food programs.
Sacred Heart Community Service of Santa Clara
Location is 1381 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Telephone: (831) 636-4180
The non-profit administers programs for housing and other needs. Low income families may receive rent or security deposit assistance, transitional housing, or shelter. A food pantry, clothing closet, and family support services are available.
San Benito County Community Services and Workforce Development
Address – 1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 108
Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone number is (831) 637-9293
San Joaquin County HSA – Adult Services
P.O. Box 201056
Stockton, CA 95201
Telephone number of this human service agency – (209) 468-2202
Shasta County Community Action Agency
1450 Court Street, Suite 108
Redding, CA 96001-1661
Main phone number is (916) 225-5160
Sutter County Community Action Agency
P.O. Box 757
Yuba City, California 95992-0757
Telephone: (530) 741-6385
Focuses on the struggling and jobless. Emergency assistance may be offered, but most people will mostly receive referrals and/or case management services.
Tehama County Community Action Agency
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Telephone number – (530) 527-6159.
These and other resources are available from the Tehama County Community Action Agency and their centers. The locations are as follows.
310 South Main Street – PO Box 8263, Red Bluff, California 96080, call (530) 527-6159
The Senior Nutrition Office and Food Site is at 1500 S Jackson St – PO Box 8263, Red Bluff, CA 96080, telephone (530) 527-2414.
Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services
25 North Cottonwood Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Main telephone number – (530) 661-2753
Yuba County Community Development and Services Agency
Main address is 915 8th Street, Suite 130
Marysville, California 95901
Phone number (530) 749-5430.
The agency can help low income families. Services include energy assistance, self-sufficiency, employment programs, and application site for government assistance.
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