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Housing and Utilities Assistance

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)


GENERAL INFORMATION

The state Department of Community Services & Development administers the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in California. The federal Department of Health and Human Services distributes funds to states annually to assist with energy bills and offset heating and/or cooling energy costs for eligible low-income households. California’s share is now approximately $200 million annually which CSD distributes to contracted community energy service providers.
CSD strategically leverages its LIHEAP funding with the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Weatherization Assistance Program.

ASSISTANCE TYPE

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides a direct payment to an eligible client’s utility bill to help offset the cost of heating or cooling their home.
  • Weatherization  provides free energy efficiency upgrades to the dwellings of low-income families to lower their monthly utility bills.
  • Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides assistance to low-income households that are in a crisis situation. Examples include a household that has received a 24- or 48-hour disconnect notice or service termination by their utility company or an energy-related crisis of life-threatening emergency exists in the applicant’s household.

Chronicle’s Season of Sharing

Assistance from the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund is available to senior citizens (60+), disabled individuals and low-to-moderate income families with dependent children who have a one-time critical need and who reside in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma. Funds also are distributed to food banks in these counties.

Critical needs assistance is provided in the form of grants that are paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord or medical equipment provider. Assistance also is provided through Bay Area food banks. Individuals do not receive direct grants.

In order to receive services, you need to contact the county coordinator in your county. The county coordinator will assist you with the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund application process and determine if you are eligible for services. Please note that all services are provided at the county level.

If you or someone you know needs short-term assistance and might qualify for a grant, pleaseclick here for a list of county coordinators and their phone numbers.

 


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HOMELESS AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE

At Dixon Family Services, Case Managers can assist families and individuals in Dixon who qualify for housing assistance programs. Each program has guidelines and documentation requirements. ALL housing assistance programs require the recipients to verify their ability to maintain their housing costs in future months once the program has helped them. NONE of these programs are for emergencies. Assistance applications can only be processed when all requested verifications have been submitted. The process of screening and possible approval of assistance takes time.

 

Verifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Proper Identification for all family members
  • Proof of Residency
  • Income Verification for all members of household
  • Rental Contract, or landlord/tenant agreement
  • Applied for Section 8?
  • What else has been done to resolve this problem?
  • Ability to contribute towards delinquent rent or move-in costs
  • Complete Budget, including all incomes and all debts, expenses in recent months
  • Willingness to address Underlying Causes of problem
  • Willingness to participate in on-going Case Management to achieve Self-Sufficiency
  • Willingness to participate in Workshops and Trainings that can help, such as: Budgeting and Balancing, Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities, and others
  • Verified Need
  • Ability to Maintain
  • Employment History
  • Rental History

 

To schedule an assessment appointment, please call (707)678-0442.

It is recommended that homeless families and individuals use their existing resources of family and friends to maintain temporary shelter. Persons who are homeless, or semi-homeless, with no clear possibility of moving into, or maintaining permanent housing, will be referred to Solano County Homeless Shelter programs, and/or Shelters in other counties.

 

Shelters in Solano County include:

Mission Solano, Fairfield 422-1011                            Heather House, Fairfield 427-8518

Christian Help Center, Vallejo 553-8192                    Opportunity House, Vacaville 447-1988

 

Other referrals include:

Safe Quest for Victims of Domestic Violence                425-3422 or 1-800-656-4673

AFDC Homeless Program, Cal WORKS                             469-4500

St. John’s Shelter for Women & Children                        916-453-1482

Habitat for Humanity                                                             422-1948

Vacaville Family Resource Center                                    469-6608

Vacaville Salvation Army                                                     449-8046

Davis Shelter                                                                               530-753-9204

Section 8 Housing                                                                     449-5675

Fairfield Salvation Army                                                       426-6244

 

Dixon Family Services cannot guarantee if the above referrals will be able to assist homeless persons. This is just a list of other helping agencies in and around Solano County