Helpful Outside Resources For People living with HIV/AIDS

Placer County (and more) Resource Guide


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 (1888) 524-5705 and leave a 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 at 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 patient's life. To apply, call (1800) 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 Lifeline

Provides a reduced rate for local unlimited service, currently 5.34 monthly. To Qualify: The 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 (1800) 310-2355.


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. Check local newspapers or call the Housing Choice Voucher Program message machine
(530) 889-4000 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 homeownership for low-income, first-time buyers (no homeownership 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 homes.

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).


Food Banks

AuburnWest of AuburnEast of Auburn
New Faith Community Church
11546 D Ave Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 887-5477
Every 4th Sat. 8-10 AM
Community Resources Council
133 Church St. Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 783-0481
M-Th 10am-3pm
Sierra Reach Ministries
18015 Applegate Rd., Applegate
Th 10am-1pm
Food & clothing
Interfaith 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 Society
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
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

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.

Counseling/Support Groups


Communality Access Center

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

Placer County Access

Placer County Mental Health Services provided on a sliding scale basis. Accepts Medi-Cal. Call (530) 886-5401.

Support Groups

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, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95825.

For info call Carolyn McCoy (916) 440-0889 x 30 or fax (916) 440-1208.

Social Groups

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

Counseling and Support

Sacramento LGBT Community Center
Jose Emmanuel Vega, Director of Health Services



Sunburst Projects

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

Helpful Links

The Internet has made it much easier to find confidential information about HIV and AIDS. Here are just a few of the websites offering help and information.

One Community Health
One Community Health offers HIV & STD testing, healthcare, mental health services, dental services & a pharmacy

Project Inform
Project Inform is a national nonprofit, community-based organization working to end the AIDS epidemic and provide information on prevention and treatment.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood offers information on HIV/AIDS including a question and answer section.

CDPH Office of AIDS
The CDPH (California Department of Public Health) Office of AIDS has links to information on treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

HIV Insite
Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
The CDC has a wealth of information regarding transmission, prevention, and treatment.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
A wealth of information regarding treatment, prevention, and much more. This site can be viewed in either English or Spanish.'s AIDS Treatment News
AIDS Treatment News has information about the basics of HIV infection, the cause, myths, and how to help friends and family infected with HIV