For questions, contact Senior Information & Assistance at 707-468-5132 (or 1-800-510-2020 within Lake and Mendocino Counties) or email us at IASpecialist@hotmail.com.
Need to learn what benefits/programs you might be eligible for? Sponsored by the National Council on Aging, www.BenefitsCheckUp.org asks a series of questions. Based upon your answers, you receive a report that describes the programs you may be eligible to receive help from. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form.
Employment Development Department ~ Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance. See www.edd.ca.gov.
Employment Development Department ~ Workforce Services
55 First St., 1st Floor, (mail to Ste. C), Lakeport
262-3105 or 262-3116
310 E. Redwood Ave., Fort Bragg
2550 N. State St., Ukiah
Free job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, state disability insurance, employment and training, special program for Veterans. See www.edd.ca.gov.
Lake County Department of Social Services
15975 Anderson Ranch Pkwy, PO Box 9000, Lower Lake
800-628-5288 or 995-4200
Multi-program agency supports needs of low-income individuals and families including Medi-Cal, CMSP, General Assistance/CalFresh, IHSS, APS, Section 8 Housing, Public Authority, Area Agency on Aging, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Public Administrator and Public Guardian. Contact agency or apply online at www.C4Yourself.com. See www.lakecountyca.gov/Government/Directory/Social_Services.htm.
Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency, Social Services
764 S. Franklin St., PO Box 1306, Fort Bragg
877-327-1677 or 962-1000
747 S. State St., PO Box 839, Ukiah
877-327-1799 or 463-7900
472 E Valley St., Willits
800-771-2453 or 456-3740
Multi-program agency supports needs of low-income individuals and families including Medi-Cal, CMSP, General Assistance/CalFresh, IHSS, Public Authority, APS, Public Administrator, Public Guardian/Conservator, and Veteran's Services. Contact agency or apply online at www.C4Yourself.com. See www.mendocinocounty.org/government/health-human-services-agency/.
Social Security Administration
991 Parallel Dr., Ste. A, Lakeport
521 S. Orchard Ave., Ukiah
National line 800-772-1213
National TTY 800-325-0778
Takes applications for retirement, disability and survivors benefits for workers and their families. Administers the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Also issues Social Security numbers. Eligibility: Retiree or disabled, with qualifying quarters worked. SSI for those aged or disabled with limited income and assets. Contact Social Security to learn how much money you can earn without lowering your Social Security or SSI payments. Many items can be handled on-line at website, such as filing claims, making changes, receiving benefit verification and other information. See www.ssa.gov.
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 S. Oak St., Ukiah
County-wide non-profit organization that matches donors’ philanthropic interests with community needs and opportunities. Administers various grant programs, including the Angel Fund and the Community Enrichment Grant program. For fund and grant information, see www.communityfound.org.
· Angel Fund Provides one-time financial assistance of $100-$300 to families, children, and elderly individuals in Mendocino County who need to get through short-term crisis situations and who have needs that are not met by other public or private programs. Typical areas of assistance include health and safety needs, or to assist work or education. Funds are administered through local non-profits. Call or visit www.communityfound.org for information and application.
If forgetting to pay bills is an issue, contact utility, phone service, and other providers to sign up for "Third Party Notification" to let someone else know if payments become overdue.
Balance Financial Fitness
3030 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa
800-456-2227 to Counseling line
Budget counseling and debt management; bankruptcy education and counseling; HUD approved housing counseling agency including foreclosure prevention and reverse mortgages. See www.balancepro.org.
Finance for People
PO Box 907, Redwood Valley
Representative payee and money management services for individuals referred through Social Security, by other local agencies, or self-referral. No home visits.
45160 Main St., 2nd Fl., PO Box 440, Mendocino
Provides trust administration, executor, conservator of estate and person, power of attorney for finance and health services. Can act as special needs trustee and guardian, also trustee on other types of trusts. Can meet at client’s home or mutually acceptable location if needed. See www.mendocinofiduciary.com.
Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority
694 Pinoleville Dr., Ukiah
Redwood Coast Senior Center Money Management
490 N. Harold St., Fort Bragg
Representative payee service, money management for clients referred by Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency.
Tom Cariveau Fiduciary Services
PO Box 1260, Lakeport
Provides special needs trust administration, executor, conservator of estate, durable power for finances.
PO Box 608, Ukiah
Representative payee service, money management. Home visits available. See www.tsunami-enterprises.org.
Ukiah Senior Center Money Management
499 Leslie St., Ukiah
Representative payee service, money management for clients age 55+, or younger with disability. Home visits available. See www.ukiahseniorcenter.org.
Willits Senior Center Money Management
1501 Baechtel Rd., Willits
Representative payee services, money management for clients age 55+. See www.willitsseniorcenter.com.
AARP Tax-Aide Program
601 E. St. NW, Washington DC
IRS-certified volunteers provide free one-to- one tax counseling from Feb. 1st to Apr. 15th of each year, often at local senior centers. Eligibility: Low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60+. See www.aarp.org/money/taxaide.
California State Franchise Tax Board
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)