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The information below is intended to be a resource for federal employees who may still be affected by the shutdown which has now ended. These services and offers may no longer be applicable, so please check with the agencies or companies directly.
The California Employment Development Department is encouraging the federal employees to file an unemployment claim by calling the agency at (855) 327-7056, weekdays between 8 a.m. and noon or apply online anytime. For additional information, see this FAQ provided by the California Employment Development Department.
Additionally, many businesses and community based organizations have also offered assistance in response to the crisis for many federal employees affected by the government shut-down. Below are some of the announced assistance programs and offers.
Note on scams: Furloughed federal employees should be on the lookout for possible scammers while they are seeking financial relief. You can always check on businesses in California with the Attorney General’s office. Payday loans or tax refund advances typically have high interest and unfavorable terms. You should also report Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft by contacting the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP, 1-877-ID-THEFT, or online.
Whether you’re looking for help with your mortgage, car payment, or student loan, it is best to first check with your loan servicer to see what options exist for relief. Please contact the businesses directly as soon as possible as it is always best to request help before missing payments.
This list is not comprehensive and meant to provide a sample list of resources. Other creditors including credit card companies, lenders and loan servicers may also have assistance options available.
Financial Assistance programs:
Wireless providers Providing assistance:
Free offers from Local Businesses
Union Community Resources:
WPUSA – Working Partnerships USA is assisting subcontractors who are affected by the federal government shutdown.
2102 Almaden Road, Suite 112
San Jose, CA 95125
Direct: 408 809-2122
Local Community Assistance Programs for food and other resources:
Community Services Agency
Location: 204 Stierlin Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
Dial (650) 968-0836 ext. 121
Administer a food and nutrition center on site. Receive advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Free food can be provided in an emergency.
West Valley Community Services, Inc.
10104 Vista Drive
Cupertino, California 95014
(408) 255-8033 ext. 102
West Valley Community Services comprehensive programs are offered under one roof and are free of charge to low income and homeless families in the west valley region of Santa Clara County. Services include housing assistance, food, and support services.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
The Downtown Streets Team Food Closet is located at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and serves more than 200 people every week; entry to the Food Closet is at 425 Hamilton Avenue. The Food Closet, open Mon – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., welcomes donations of food, as well as donations of time to help serve clients.
St Francis Center Of Redwood City
151 Buckingham Ave
Redwood City, CA 94063
Provides up to five days of food for needy families in Redwood City or Menlo Park
181 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: (650) 685-5880
Fax: (650) 685-5881
Provides assistance against homelessness.
Sacred Heart Community Service
Church address – 1381 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Main phone number – (408) 278-2160
Sacred Heart offers a variety of services to low-income families and individuals in need. We believe in providing essential services, self-sufficiency programs, and advocating for social justice to end poverty. There is a food pantry, a thrift store, donated items, household items, and other support.
Santa Maria Urban Ministry
778 South Almaden Avenue
San Jose, California, 95110
Located near downtown San Jose, Santa Maria serves the adjacent low-income neighborhoods. Provides a well-stocked Food Pantry services, educational programs and other support services.
The Health Trust
1043 Garland Avenue
San Jose, CA, 95126
Provides food services, chronic disease services, and housing services.
Sacred Heart Community Service
1381 South First Street, San José, CA 95110
Main Agency Info: (408) 278-2160
Main Fax: (408) 885-9071
Sacred Heart Community Service brings our community together to address poverty in Silicon Valley. Through a comprehensive array of community organizing committees, mutual support programs, and resources, the SHCS community is working together to improve our lives.
Food bank, meals, vegetables, baby food, and nutritional items are all offered to those who need help.
For more information on how to sign up for services at The Jerry Larson FOODBasket or for pick up dates and times please contact AIDS Services – 408.961.9850; AIDSServices@healthtrust.org.
The FOODBasket is a space committed to strengthening the health of our clients by delivering top notch nutritious food. Three times a month it transforms from a warehouse to a grocery store, where our AIDS Services clients can conveniently pick up their groceries in a wholesome, clean and safe environment.
St Vincent De Paul Society Of Santa Clara County
San Jose, CA 95150
In addition to guidance, direction and moral support SVdP provides basic survival necessities including food, clothing and other survival needs for the homeless and the precariously housed. Last year we aided over 83,000 people with food, clothing and rental assistance; with many being one bill away from losing their homes. We also assist in areas of medical, transportation, and education.
Sunnyvale Community Services
725 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, California 94086
(408) 738-4321 for Intake
Provides food, temporary financial assistance, groceries, and other aid. Much of the food is free or low cost.
Telephone: (888) FRUIT 411 (888-378-4841)
Fax: (888) 378-4841
Village Harvest is a nonprofit volunteer organization in Northern California whose mission is to provide food for the hungry, preserve our heritage and skills, and promote sustainable use of urban resources. We organize and coordinate backyard fruit harvesting, and provide education on fruit tree care, harvesting, and food preservation.
Salvation Army – San Jose
Salvation Army Family Store
1522 Winchester Blvd, San Jose California 95128
A leading social service organization in northern California. Support offered includes a food pantry, clothing closets, and free Christmas assistance. May have toys and gifts for children from programs such as Angel Tree. Other items can include vouchers for gasoline, rental assistance, and employment services.
Valley Churches United Missions
9400 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Valley Churches United Missions’ primary focus is providing supplemental food to clients throughout the year. Our food pantry is open five days per week, year round. Clients may come in twice a month for groceries. Clients facing extreme circumstances may receive additional food.
Loaves And Fishes
2150 Alum Rock Avenue (Eastside Location)
San Jose, CA 95116
1080 North 7th Street (Goodwill Location)
San Jose, CA 95112
Free hot meals, government surplus items, fresh fruits, breeds, and vegetables, and more is offered.
Second Harvest Food Bank Of Santa Clara
Address – 750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, California
Hosting pop-ups at various locations to provide hot meals to federal employees. They provide local churches, charities, and food pantries with support, so the food bank can provide referrals and information on children’s summer meal locations, public resources as well as hot meal sites.
FISH of Santa Clara
Location of the food bank is 2499 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA, 95050
Phone – 1-408-984-0682
Emergency boxes of food, fruits, vegetables and support is for low income families. Other social services are available as well.
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