Finance

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES Human Services Department

1400 Emeline Avenue, Building K, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-4101

1-866-580-4357 Available 24/7

Provides services on behalf of elderly and dependent adults who are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect or exploitation. www.santacruzhumanservices.org

 

BIRCHBARK FOUNDATION (831) 471-7912 – Help Line (831) 471-7255 – Office

Helping pets and their families through medical crises by providing financial support to low income families. Also, offers a free support group to family members who are grieving the loss of their pet. www.birchbarkfoundation.org

 

CALIFORNIA LIFELINE PROGRAM

1-877-858-7463 Already enrolled

1-800-288-2020 To apply

Reduced rate telephone service to qualifying low income customers.

www.californialifeline.com

 

CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy)

1-866-743-2273 PG & E

Provides discount on monthly PG&E bill to qualifying low income customers.

www.pge.com/care

 

CATHOLIC CHARITIES Diocese of Monterey

656 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

(831) 722-2675

(831) 393-3110 Seaside

Immediate assistance for people facing rent/eviction situations, utility shutoff if funding available, CalFresh and Medi-Cal enrollment. By appointment only.

 

ENERGY SAVINGS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Programs of PG & E

1-800-933-9555

Offers weatherization and other energy improvements to

qualifying low income persons at no cost.

https://www.pge.com/energysavings

 

ENERGY SERVICES

Central Coast Energy Services

1-888-728-3637

P.O. Box 2707, Watsonville, CA 95077-2707

Offers the following programs to eligible low-income

households:

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.

HEAP: Once per calendar year financial assistance for gas and electric, propane or firewood costs. Also budget counseling.

Weatherization: Work done on homes, apartments, and mobile homes at no cost to owner to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy bills. www.energyservices.org

 

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP) Senior Network Services

1777-A Capitola Road Santa Cruz 95062 (831) 462-5510

Assists with all Medicare concerns: education, claims,

and the prescription drug benefit. Evaluates supplemental insurance policies, Medicare Advantage plans and long term care insurance.

www.seniornetworkservices.org

 

HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Watsonville: (831) 768-3080

Loans for low-income homeowners. Funding availability varies. Call your local community development department housing division for more information. www.cityofwatsonville.org/165/housing

 

MONEY MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL (formerly Surepath Financial Solutions)

14141 Southwest Freeway, Suite 1000

Sugar Land, TX 77478

1-866-515-2227

A non-profit service that provides budget and debt counseling and education workshops at no cost. A Debt Management Plan is available to help clients repay creditors, for which there is a monthly fee when applicable. Counseling in Spanish is available.
www.moneymanagment.org

 

MONEY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Senior Network Services

1777-A Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 462-1433

Assists seniors in their homes with paying bills, balancing bank statements, budgeting finances, organizing records and medical insurance claims.
www.seniornetworkservices.org

 

PEACE OF MIND DOG RESCUE

615 Forest Avenue

P.O. Box 51554, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

(831) 718-9122

We find homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them. We provide volunteer and financial assistance so seniors can keep their pets with them as long as possible. We also make pre-arrangements to take in dogs should their guardians become unable to care for them.

www.peaceofminddogrescue.org

 

PUBLIC GUARDIAN'S OFFICE Health Service Agency

1800 Green Hills Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

P.O. Box 1895, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

(831) 454-4160

1-800-952-2335 Emergencies after 5 pm

Court ordered county program offers supervision of mental health and probate conservatorships. (Help for elderly individuals unable to handle their own affairs.)
www.santacruzhealth.org

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (831) 423-0878

Emergency assistance, including help with food, rent and utilities.

 

THE SALVATION ARMY

721 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 426-8365

214 Union Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

(831) 724-3922

Provides crisis/emergency aid, including food and clothing.

www.salvationarmy.org

 

SENIOR CITIZENS LEGAL SERVICES

501 Soquel Avenue, Suite F, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 426-8824

114 E. Fifth Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

Free legal advice and representation. (See Legal and

Consumer Services).

www.seniorlegal.org

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

1-800-772-1213 Toll free

169 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

1-800-593-8523

180 Westgate Drive, Suite 301, Watsonville, CA 95076

1-800-521-3385

Call for office hours.

www.ssa.gov

 

SPCA SANTA CRUZ

2601 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

(831) 465-5000

Several pet support programs available.

Blackie's Senior Friends Matches senior pets (over 6 years of age) with senior people (over 62 years of age) through adoption at a discounted rate as monies allow. Also provides veterinary care assistance to low-income seniors. Call for information and guidelines.

Heather’s Food Bank – Distributes food to economically challenged and senior dog and cat owners every Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Proof of spay/neuter required. www.spcasc.org

 

TAX COLLECTOR

Santa Cruz County Tax Collector

701 Ocean Street, Room 150, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-2510

www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us

 

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION

Oakland Regional Office

of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

1301 Clay Street, Room 1400 North Tower, Oakland, CA 94612

1-800-827-1000

www.va.gov

 

VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE Human Services Department

Mon – Thu 842 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-7276

Mon – Thu 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

(831) 763-8868

Advocates for veterans. Helps determine benefits and services. By appointment only. www.santacruzvets.com

 

VOLUNTEER TAX ASSISTANCE Project SCOUT

114 East Fifth Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

(831) 724-2606

Serving Santa Cruz County. Assisting with income tax returns for seniors, disabled, low income individuals, and families.

www.seniorscouncil.org