Community members in need of assistance should connect to Connecting Point 2-1-1 here or by dialling 2-1-1. If you face housing insecurity, we can connect you to HUD’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which ensures that those who need housing services the most, will have access first. We can also provide referrals to emergency shelter, food, healthcare, transportation, legal assistance and other resources.
Sierra Community House provides rental and utility payment assistance, homeless outreach, education on renters rights, conflict resolution and legal assistance with housing issues.
Placer County offers help with rent to low and very low-income families, people with disabilities, and seniors.
There are several regional programs designed to assist with utility payments:
- Project GO Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP): Provides financial assistance in the form of an annual (once every 12 months) utility payment for gas, electric, propane or firewood to help with the high costs of heating and/or cooling.
- Project GO Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP): Provides financial assistance in the event of a crisis, such as a 48-hour shut-off notice.
- Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) Energy Savings Program (ESP): Qualifies low-income TDPUD electricity payer to receive one month’s electricity bill free (up to $200) after completing an energy audit with TDPUD. Apply through the Sierra Community House (call 530-587-2513).
Home Rehabilitation Assistance
Home Rehabilitation/Health and Safety Repairs Assistance: If you are a low-income or senior homeowner in the region, you may apply for financial assistance with health and safety repairs.
- Nevada Co. Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program: Assists low-income homeowners in unincorporated Nevada County with 15-year deferred payment loans to make health and safety repairs to their homes. Maximum amount of assistance is $33,000.
- Placer Co. State and Federal Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program: Provides low-interest loans to low-income households in unincorporated areas of Placer County to rehabilitate their homes. The County’s primary emphasis is in correcting health and safety issues.
- Housing Rehabilitation USDA Grant & Loan Program: Provides low-interest (1%) loans of up to $20,000 to low-income homeowners to make needed repairs or improvements. Those 62 or older may qualify for a one time grant of up to $7,500 to remove health or safety hazards.
Project GO Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP): Provides free weatherization services and products to improve energy efficiency and reduce overall utility costs anywhere in the region.
GSFA (Golden State Finance Authority) Residential Energy Retrofit Program: Provides financing up to $50,000 with a 6.5% fixed interest rate, 15-year fully amortizing loan for homeowners making energy efficiency improvements to residential property(ies) they own. 100% financing is available and no equity requirements on property.