Housing/Rental Assistance/Other Critical Needs
SF Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund
Or "SOS" refers to an assistance program funded through an annual fundraising campaign conducted by the SF Chronicle newspaper. The SOS program provides housing and critical family needs assistance. Critical family needs can include home furnishings, medical equipment, tools for work, etc. Funds are to help:
- Low-to-moderate income Families with Children
- Individuals over age 60
- Disabled Individuals
More information about the program can be obtained at: www.seasonofsharing.org.
HelpLink: We also refer clients who meet these criteria and have additional needs to access the fund through the United Way's "Help Link" line. The phone number is an "800" number accessible from any county:
Toll free: 1-800-273-6222
TDD: 415-808-4440 (for hearing impaired)
TTY: (415) 808-4440 Weekdays 8am to 6pm with answering service after hours and weekend.
Or log onto www.helplink-sf.org.
At HELPLINK, a trained Information and Referral specialist will help you find information on community resources, employment, housing, substance abuse treatment, and more. Call for help.
Other Resources for Assistance with Housing:
FEMA refers to a rental assistance program funded through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. This program provides assistance with the first month's rent, but does not pay deposits. This program assists all populations including single persons and couples who are not seniors or disabled. These funds are available in all six bay area counties, and clients can ask for the agency which provides this assistance in their area by calling the Toll Free United Way "Help Link" line listed above. Helplink can also provide you a list of agencies providing FEMA Food Pantry and Shelter Program services.
As well as other Community and Social Services Programs such as Food, Shelter, Fair Housing Counseling, and assistance with obtaining benefits.
Furniture: Most Catholic Parishes have a St. Vincent De Paul Society which provides some services to those in need within the Parish. Some of these still provide furniture to low-income families/individuals moving in to there Parish. We have seen many of these programs diminish because of the economy, but we've still had some luck referring clients to the local Catholic Church and having them ask to speak with a St. Vincent De Paul Representative.
In Alameda County, the Eden I&R; hotline, (510) 537-2552 provides information on available shelter space and other community services resources in the county.
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