Placer County (and more) Resource Guide




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Electricity (General)

Project Go Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance

Assists homeowners and renters in residential homes with past due electric bills. Also includes an “energy audit” which may result in home improvements such as insulating doors and windows, installing ceiling fans, and replacing old appliances (refrigerators, microwaves, etc) with newer energy efficient models. To Qualify: Call Project Go 1-888-524-5705 and leave message.

Roseville Electric:

Electric Rate Assistance Program

Provides a 15% discount on electric rates to households meeting financial eligibility guidelines. To Qualify: Total Household income for 1 person must less than or equal to 20,050, for 2 people 22,900, for 3 people 25,800, etc. To apply call (916) 774-5270.

PG&E: PG&E offers two energy assistance programs, plus the Reach Program

California Alternate Rate for Energy (CARE)

The CARE program provides low-income consumers in California a 20% discount on their gas and electricity bills, and CARE participants are exempt from recent electric rate increases. To Qualify: An annual income of less than $22,000 for a household of 1 or 2 persons, 25,900 for 3 persons, and 5,200 for each additional household member. To apply call toll free 1-866-PGE-CARE.

Medical Baseline

Provides a rate reduction on up to 500 kilowatt hours of electricity and/or 25 therms of gas per month. To Qualify: A licensed medical doctor must certify that a full time resident of your home has a medical condition that requires special heating or cooling equipment/conditions to sustain the patients life. To apply call 1-800-743-5000

The REACH Program Through the Salvation Army

A one time energy assistance program (for PG&E) to help low-income customers, particularly the elderly, disabled, sick, working poor and unemployed, pay for their energy needs. Assistance is available once yearly, but exceptions are made for seniors, the physically challenged and the terminally ill. To Qualify: Applicants income must not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (i.e., monthly income after taxes should not exceed $1,451 for a family of two, $1,829 for a family of three, and $2,206 for a family of four). To apply call or visit your local Salvation Army Office: Auburn (530) 889-3990, Roseville (916) 784-3233, Colfax (530) 346-2722.

Pacific Bell

Universal Life Line

Provides a reduced rate for local unlimited service, currently 5.34 monthly. To Qualify: Family must meet the following income guidelines—1-2 persons $18,800, 3 persons, 22,200, 4 persons 26,700, and for each additional family member add 4,500. To apply call 1-800-310-2355.


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Rent Assistance

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Formerly called Section 8)

Provides rental subsidies to low and very low-income households throughout Placer County, except in the City of Roseville. Not currently accepting applications, their web-site does say that they will be taking new applications in 2002. Check local newspapers or call the Housing Choice Voucher Program message machine (530) 889-7971 for new application dates.

Salvation Army

Provides emergency rental/housing assistance to low income families. For contact information see above “REACH” listing.

The Salt Mine

Provides emergency rental/housing assistance to low income families (when funds are available). Call (916) 645-3778.

St. Vincent de Paul

Provides emergency rental/housing assistance to individuals and families living in Placer County. Call (916) 781-3303

Roseville Housing Assistance

(For more information or to apply for any of the following programs call (916) 774-5270 or visit their website:

First Time Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program

Designed to promote home ownership for low income, first time buyers (no home ownership in the last three years, except mobile home not fixed to a permanent foundation), displaced homemakers, and single parents.

City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program

Provides low-income homeowners up to $40,000, through a combination of low interest loans and grants, to make health and safety repairs to their home.

Section 8 Rental Assistance Program

Provides approximately 70% of rental costs for low-income families. Also includes the Homeless Program for homeless families actively participating in the Home Start Program (transitional housing) and the Family Self Sufficiency Program which provides assistance to households who are working to become free of any type of public assistance (includes a five year contract).


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Food Banks


West of Auburn

East of Auburn

New Faith Community Church

11546 D Ave
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 887-5477
Every 4th Sat. 8-10 AM


Community Resources


133 Church St.

Roseville, CA 95678

(916) 783-0481
M-Th 10am-3pm


Sierra Reach Ministries

18015 Applegate Rd.,


Th 10am-1pm

Food & clothing



Food Closet

12972 Earhart Ave

suite 301

Auburn, CA 95602

(530) 885-1921
M-Th 10am-2pm
last Sat of month

Food (every 30 days)


Salvation Army

102 Lincoln St.

Roseville, CA 95678

(916) 784-3233

M-Th 9am-noon

Food, referrals


Salvation Army

233 S. Auburn St. #110

(downstairs across fr Little Red Hen Restaurant)

Colfax, CA 95713

(530) 346-2722

Wed. 10am-2pm


Salvation Army
Family Services Center

286 Sutter Street
(off Fulweiler via Sterling)

Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 889-3990
M,W,F 10am-2pm

Th senior day

Food (every 60 days),utility bills, temporary shelter, counseling, referral services


St Vicente De Paul


139 Riverside Drive

Roseville, CA 95678

(916) 781-3303

M-F 10am-4pm

Food closet, hot lunch, clothing, showers, variety of services, referrals, thrift shop


Colfax Adventist Community Services

454 Schultz
(off Tokayana Way)
Colfax, CA 95713
(530) 346-8844


7th Day Adventist

Community Svcs. Bldg

1225 Rock Creek Rd.(East of Bell on Hwy 49)

Auburn, CA 95602

(530) 823-0345
Tues 9am-noon

Food (every 30 days), clothing, housewares, furniture, etc.

Horizon Community Church

Horizon Cafe

321 Lincoln, Roseville

last Mon of month


Foresthill Community Services

24340 Main St.
P.O. Box 108
Foresthill, CA
(530) 367-3406

Harvest Christian Church

385 Nevada St.
Auburn, CA 95603
(across from Eiseley's)
(530) 889-8700
soup kitchen
2nd & 4th Friday @ 5PM

Loomis Basin Food Closet

(serving Newcastle, Loomis, Penryn, & Rocklin)

contact Cora Cockrum

(916) 652-5278

Food Closet at Sierra First Baptist Church

339900 Alta Bonnynook, Alta

M-Sat 9am-1pm

(530) 389-2168



The Salt Mine

590 G Street

Lincoln, CA 95648

(916) 645-3778

Tu-F 10am-noon

Food, clothing, nutrition education

Elijah's Jar

(operated by Foresthill Christian Ministerial Alliance)

corner of Main & California St. (behind Dr. Woodson's Dental Office)

(530) 367-3085

Wed 10:30am-12:30pm

Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm


Foothill Food Closet

6414 Brace Rd

Loomis, CA 95650

(916) 652-0469

Friendly Neighbors

contact Etta Gross (530) 637-5359


Counseling/Support Groups

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Communality Access Center

Based out of CSUS, counseling services are provided by advanced graduate students in the Department of Counselor Education. Costs are $65 dollars for one semester (14 sessions). Call 916-278-6252.

Placer County Access

Placer County Mental Health Services provided on a sliding scale basis. Accepts Medi­Cal. Call 530-886-5401.


Support Groups

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Heart to Heart

For Gay and Bisexual men who are living with HIV and AIDS. Meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at CARES. Facilitated by Sean Benedict, MA, MFC. For info call (916) 447-7063 ext 336

Sunburst Projects Women's Group

For HIV positive women, to learn about health, nutrition, legal issues, medication, and support Meets every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 2143 Hurley Way, ste. 240, Sacramento, CA 95825.
For info call Carolyn McCoy (916) 440-0889 x 30or  FAX (916) 440-1208

Social Groups

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Placer County Women’s Group

Support for HIV positive women living in Placer County and surrounding areas. Un-facilitated. Call SFAF for times and locations



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Healing Waters

“Virtually Free wilderness adventures for people challenging HIV and AIDS,” consisting of a “physically and emotionally safe weekend of rafting, sea kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or backpacking.” Trips cost $15 and include transportation, food, lodging, equipment, and beginning level instruction. There are trips available every weekend in 2002. Visit or call (415) 621-7529 for more information.


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PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)

Provides support services to pet owners with terminal illnesses. Services include assistance with pet food, veterinarian services, pet care, etc.
For more information email Miguel at:


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Sunburst Projects

Provides childcare for medically related appointments.
Contact Carolyn McCoy (916) 440-0889 or FAX (916) 440-1208
Address:2143 Hurley Way, ste. 240, Sacramento, CA 95825