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Financial Counseling and Assistance

  • HOUSING RESOURCE CENTER

134 E. Rossi Street; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 424-9186

Website: www.hrcmc.org

Services:

Provides emergency rent assistance, assistance with security deposits and move-in assistance for low income households. Also provides first-time home buyers workshops, foreclosure education and counseling, and financial literacy/ credit education. Services are in English and in Spanish. All of these programs are dependent upon available funds.

  • VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (VITA) Administered by UNITED WAY OF MONTEREY COUNTY
    Administration office Tel (831) 372-8026

Call 2-1-1 for information on sites, dates, and times of service

Services:

This program helps low-income individuals and families prepare their income tax returns at various locations throughout Monterey County. No fees charged.

  • CENTRAL COAST ENERGY SERVICES
    PO Box 2707; Watsonville, CA 95077

Tel (888) 728-3637

Website: www.enerygyservices.org

Services:

Two energy bill assistance programs for low-income Monterey county residents: HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) provides payment assistance with home energy bills. One time per calendar year. HEAP applicants may also be eligible for free home energy bills. HEAP applicants may also be eligible for free home weatherization services to reduce energy costs. This agency accepts applications for CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy), offered by PG & E, which gives eligible low-income households a 20% discount off their energy bill.

  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES
    1705 2nd Avenue; Salinas, CA 93905

Tel (831) 753-5314

Website: www.catholiccharitiescentralcoast.org

Services:

Limited financial assistance for rent and utilities provided though the client support services program, depending on available funds.

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