Finance


ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Human Resources Agency
1400 Emeline Avenue, Bldg. K
Santa Cruz 95060
454-4101
www.santacruzhumanservices.org
Provides services on behalf of elderly and dependent adults who are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect or exploitation.
 

CALIFORNIA LIFELINE PROGRAM
1-800-288-2020 (to apply)
1-877-858-7463 (already entrolled)
www.californialifeline.com
Reduced rate telephone service to qualifying low income customers.

CARE
(California Alternate Rates for Energy)
1-866-743-2273 (PG & E)
www.pge.com/care
Provides discount on monthly PG& E bill to qualifying low income customers.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES
656 Main Street
Watsonville 95076
722-2675
393-3110 (Seaside)
Immediate assistance for people facing rent/eviction situations, utility shutoff, food, and CalFresh enrollment. By appointment only.

ENERGY PARTNERS
Programs of PG & E
1-800-933-9555
www.pge.com
Offers weatherization and other energy improvements to qualifying low income persons at no cost.
 

ENERGY SERVICES
Central Coast Energy Services
1-888-728-3637
P.O. Box 2707
Watsonville 95077-2707
www.energyservices.org
Offers the following programs to eligible low-income households:
HEAP
Once per calendar year financial assistance for gas and electric, propane or firewood costs. Also budget counseling.
CARE – A discount rate program offered by PG & E which gives a monthly discount to qualifying low-income customers.
Fast Track
Emergency energy bill pay­ment for those facing shut-offs or a home-heating crisis.
Weatherization
Work done on homes, apartments and mobile homes at no cost to owner to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy bills.

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP)
Senior Network Services
1777A Capitola Road
Santa Cruz 95062
462-5510
www.seniornetworkservices.org
Assists with all Medicare concerns: education, claims, problems, and the prescription drug benefit. Evaluates supplemental health insurance policies, HMO plans and long term care insurance.
 
HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAMS
www.cityofwatsonville.org
Watsonville: 768-3080
Loans for low-income homeowners. Funding availability varies. Call your local community development department for more information.
 
MONEY MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL (Formerly Surepath Financial Solutions)
14141 Southwest Freeway, Suite 1000
Sugar Land, TX 77478
1-800-308-2227
A non-profit community service that provides budget and debt counseling and education workshops at no cost. A Debt Repayment Plan is available to help clients repay creditors, for which there is a  monthly fee when applicable. Counseling in Spanish is available.
 
MONEY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Senior Network Services
1777A Capitola Road
Santa Cruz 95062
462-1433
www.seniornetworkservices.org
Assists seniors with paying bills, balancing bank statements, budgeting finances, organizing records and medical insurance claims. Services available in seniors’ homes, nursing facilities and residential care facilities. Sliding scale fee.
 
PUBLIC GUARDIAN’S OFFICE
Health Services Department
1080 Emeline Ave., Bldg D (basement, room10)
Santa Cruz 95060
P.O. Box 1895
Santa Cruz 95061
454-4160
Emergencies after 5 p.m. 1-800-952-2335
www.santacruzhealth.org
County program offers supervision of mental health and probate conservatorships. (Help for elderly individuals unable to handle their own affairs.)

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

423-0878, 722-3250
Emergency assistance, including help with food, rent and utilities.
 
THE SALVATION ARMY
721 Laurel Street
Santa Cruz 95060
426-8365
214 Union Street
Watsonville 95076
724-3922
www.salvationarmyusa.org
Provides crisis/emergency aid, including food, clothing and energy assistance (see REACH program below).
R.E.A.C.H. –(Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help) Financial assistance for qualifying low income people who have received PG & E termination notices.
 
SENIOR CITIZENS LEGAL SERVICES
501 Soquel Avenue, Ste. F
Santa Cruz   95062
426-8824
114 E. Fifth St.
Watsonville   95076
www.seniorlegal.org
Free legal advice and representation. (See Legal and Consumer Services).
 
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Toll Free: 1-800-772-1213
169 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz 95060
1-800-593-8523
Fax: 426-1667
180 Westgate Dr., Suite 301
Watsonville 95076
1-800-521-3385
 Call for office hours.
www.socialsecurity.gov
 

SPCA SANTA CRUZ
2685 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz 95065
465-5000
www.spcasc.org
Several pet support programs available.
Blackie’s Friends
Matches senior pets (over 8 years of age) with senior people (over 62 years of age) through adoption at no cost. Call for information and guidelines.

TAX COLLECTOR
Santa Cruz County Tax Collector
425-2510
www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Automated tax information system.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
Oakland Regional Office of the
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
1-800-827-1000
www.va.gov
 
VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE
Human Services Department
842 Front Street (Mon-Thurs)
Santa Cruz 95060
454-7276
18 W. Beach Street (Mon – Tues)

Watsonville 95076
454-7276
www.santacruzvets.com
Advocates for veterans. Helps determine benefits and services. By appointment only.
 
VOLUNTEER TAX ASSISTANCE
Project SCOUT
114 E. Fifth Street
Watsonville 95076
724-2606
For all other areas: 1-877-FRE-TAXS (1-877-373-8297)
www.seniorscouncil.org
Serving Santa Cruz County. Assisting with income tax returns for seniors, disabled, low income individuals and families.