Spectrum Community Services Inc., administers federally-funded programs to help low-income household pay their energy bills (HEAP, Home Energy Assistance Program) and provide energy-savings measures (Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program) to people who meet the eligibility requirements.  See website for application packet and/or application pick up locations in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore.

HEAP :  (510) 881-0300 ext 216 - Eligibility based on household's total monthly income, which can not exceed HEAP income guidelines.  Funds are for household with low income and high energy costs, prioritizing households with elderly, disabled persons and/or children under six years old.

Weatherization: (510) 881-0300 ext. 272 - As federally funded program, Spectrum can give energy savings measure to people who meet eligibility requirements.  Priorities are placed on households with seniors (60+), disabled, and children under 6.

Website: www.spectrumcs.org  for more information and current gross income guidelines

Spectrum Community Services Inc. HEAP & Weatherization, P.O.Box 4317, Hayward, CA   94540

Posted: 07/20/2016

AER is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff.  AER's mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to Soldiers and their Families.

More Information:   www.aerhq.org

Contact local AER offices: (925) 875-4636 (Camp Parks Reserve Forces)

Posted: 06/06/2016

ClutterLess, (CL) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, peer based, SELF- HELP SUPPORT GROUP for people who want to change their cluttering behavior on a deeper level than learning how to organize.   Support meetings are free, however a voluntary donation of $3 to $ 5 is appreciated.   By attending regular support meetings, we maintain decluttering momentum and talk about why we clutter and learn from others how they overcame the same challenges.

Pleasanton Meetings: Every Monday (no meetings on US Post Office holidays), 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Where:  The Parkview, 100 Valley Avenue, (2nd Floor Activity Room: use Valley Avenue Main Entrance) Pleasanton 

Information: email or call a Volunteer (925) 289-5356

Website: www.ClutterLessEastBay.org

Posted: 01/26/2016

Rapid Re-Housing provides move-in assistance, short-term assistance subsidies, and connection to support services to quickly transition homeless households to a permanent housing solution.  Southern Alameda County Housing/Job Linkage Program is a 7-agency collaborative program, led by Alameda County Housing and Community Development,  (HCD) provides transitional housing subsidies on permanent housing units, job preparation and placement, case management and other support services to homeless families throughout Mid, South and Eastern Alameda County.

The program serves approximately 47 families at a time.  It partners with Abode Services, FESCO, ESP, Building Futures with Women and Children, SAVE, and Tri-Valley Haven.  Referrals to this program are made by the participating agencies or by calling the Rapid Re-Housing Hot Line at (510) 284-2135 

Abode Services: (510) 657-7409 (ext. 225 or 233)

FESCO, Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, (510) 581 3223  (Hayward/Castro Valley)

Emergency Shelter Program: 888 339 SAFE (Hayward/Castro Valley)

Building Futures for Women & Children: 1-866 A-WAY OUT (San Leandro)

SAVE, Inc.: (510) 794 6055 (Fremont)

Tri-Valley Haven: (925) 449-5842 (Pleasanton/Livermore/Dublin)

Sojourner House: (925) 449-2510 (Pleasanton/Livermore/Dublin)

The Linkages Rapid Re-Housing Program also works with the owners of housing units.  In Southern Alameda County owners sign a contract with Abode Services and a lease with the tenant.  If you rent to a Linkages participant, your relationship with that household will be no different than that with your other tenants.  Each family is supported by a case manager to ensure that they are following through on their goals.  The family is referred to services and provided with resources to assist them in achieving self sufficiency.  Case Managers perform monthly home visits, help clients with a budget plan, and follow up on housekeeping and other issues to assist with leasing.

Leasing Coordinator: email Lakeshia Livingston or

call (510) 329-2257

Posted: 01/25/2016

Child Care Links can provide information about how you can receive a free car seat, or booster seat to replace your outgrown, damaged or recalled seat.  Free car seats are also available to low income families, families experiencing challenging situations or are in need.  Child Care Links is a non-profit, tax-exempt agency.

Contact: Child Care Links, 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton

Website: www.childcarelinks.org

Call: (925) 417-8733 or email Car Seat Safety

Posted: 01/15/2016

The City of Pleasanton Community Education Series offers a host of workshops.  Workshop are held at the Pleasanton Public Library.

Where:  400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton 

Free registration online: www.ptownlife.org or call (925) 931-5359

Posted: 01/15/2016

Joni and Friends Bay Area offers  two,  week-long,  2016 Family Retreats for families impacted by disability at Mission Springs in Scotts Valley.  These retreats nurture every family member, with programs set up to encourage parents, marriages, siblings and the family member who has a disability.  For more information and registration links see below.

When: July 11th-15th, 2016

Where:  Mission Springs, Scotts Valley

Information: www.joniandfriends.org/bay-area/

Posted: 01/05/2016

The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department Housing Rehabilitation Program serves selected cities (Albany, Dublin, Emeryville, Newark, Piedmont)and the Urban County (unincorporated counties including San Lorenzo, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Foothill Knolls, Fairview and Sunol).   Housing rehabilitation grant and loan services are available to qualified individuals.    Eligibility, application guidelines and applications  are available for both homeowners and tenants on-line.  Occupants must be low-income to be eligible for grant and loan program.  See income chart and program restrictions.  The Alameda County Community Development Agency's Healthy Homes Department Housing Rehabilitation Program includes: Minor Home Repair Grants (including mobile homes), Accessibility Improvement Grants, Paint Grants, and Housing Rehabilitation Loans.

Contact: (510) 567-8280  Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Website:   www.achhd.org

Location:  2000 Embarcadero, Suite 300, Oakland

Posted: 12/29/2015

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States.  The toll-free hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call to get help, report a tip of suspected trafficking, or request information and training.

Telephone: 1-888-373-7888

Website: www.traffickingresourcecenter.org

Posted: 12/28/2015

Big Heart Wellness Center is a network of support services that helps community members improve the wellness in their lives.  Grounded in the Interfaith Food Pantry and organically-grown Big Heart Garden, the Center offers nutritional education, legal assistance, mental health referrals and cooking classes.

Funded in part by a grant from Episcopal Charities Action Network,  (ECAN), Southern Alameda County, the Center's programs are provided in collaboration with Alameda County Community Food Bank, (ACCFB), Bay Area Legal Aid, (BALA), and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Tri-Valley.

Contact: Program Coordinator at (925) 455-1452 (Thursday's 8:oo AM  - 1:00 PM)

Food Pantry: Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 8:00 AM -9:00 AM

Pantry email:   Food Pantry

Location:  678 Enos Way, Livermore

Information: www.saintbartslivermore.com

Posted: 12/08/2015