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Entitlement Programs


Benefits CheckUp

Need to learn what benefits/programs you might be eligible for? Sponsored by the National Council on Aging, 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


TTY 800-815-9387

Unemployment insurance. See


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


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 See


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 See


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





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


·    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  for information and application.


Money Management


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


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.


Mendocino Fiduciary

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


Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority

694 Pinoleville Dr., Ukiah

HUD approved housing counseling agency offers credit counseling, credit repair, first-time home buyer education and down payment assistance for some Native American communities. See


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.


Tsunami Enterprises

PO Box 608, Ukiah


Representative payee service, money management. Home visits available. See


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


Willits Senior Center Money Management

1501 Baechtel Rd., Willits


Representative payee services, money management for clients age 55+. See





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


California State Franchise Tax Board




Internal Revenue Service (IRS)












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