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LOCAL RESOURCES / California/ Financial Aid

California -Financial Relief for Family Caregivers

Cancer Care - provides local financial assistance to help people with all cancers in California. Financial help is available for transportation, pain medications, home care, and child care. For more information visit Cancer Care website at or call toll-free at 800-813-HOPE.

The Jeffery Katz Bone Marrow Transplant Fund For Children - provides financial aid for children transplanted at southern California transplant centers. Contact them at 4560 Foundation Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90029, 213-666-6400, or email  at, or at their web address at 

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) - The program provides financial assistance to persons with HIV positive persons by providing vouchers for up to 43 prescribed drugs. Call for appointment. Contact them at 707-524-7402.  

AIDS Emergency Fund -  offers various forms of financial assistance such as special medical equipment, supplies for home care, medical premiums and prescriptions, rental assistance, utility and phone bill assistance for AIDS patients who meet eligibility. Contact them at: 415-558-6999.  

Alameda County Social Services Agency - provides financial assistance and social services for low-income children and their families. Contact them at 510-596-0110 or 510-639-1000.  

Altadena Family Center - offers food and financial services only to people involved with the programs that the center provides. Services include counseling, financial assistance, food, information and referral. Call them at 626-791-0508.  

Angel Fund - Union Labor Health Foundation - provides financial assistance for health care needs including clothing and medical-related travel expenses for low income individuals. Application can be obtained from a counselor or health care provider and submitted to receive services. Call them at 707-442-2993.  

Arcadia Welfare and Thrift Shop - provides financial assistance for low-income people in Arcadia. Services include utility bill assistance, prescription assistance, and rent assistance in very special circumstances. Contact them at 626-447-6864.  

Building Opportunities for Self - Sufficiency (BOSS) - provides financial assistance and various social health services to children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities, mental disabilities, physical disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and chronic health conditions. Call  510-649-1930 for more information.  

California Children's Services/California Department of Health Services - a state program that financially assists low-income families that have children with serious medical conditions. Establishes program eligibility, authorizes treatment and provides funding for diagnostic and treatment services for children and young adults from birth to age 21 who have disabling illness or injuries, are California residents, and whose families are unable to provide for such services. Services are provided by a network of medical professionals at clinics and hospitals throughout California. For more information call 916-653-8050. 

The Center for Handicapped Children & Teenagers - financial and medical assistance to qualified children and teens with physical disabilities or birth defects for center's diagnostic care services. Special education evaluations and referrals for education testing available.

For more information, call 415-771-7057.

Children's Liver Association for Support Services (CLASS) - serves emotional, educational, and financial needs of families coping with childhood liver disease and transplantation. Offers telephone help line, financial aid for families, and parent matching program to link families for friendship, information, and mutual support. Call 805-255-0353 or 877-679-8256 for more information.

Christian Action Life Line - helps those in need with emergency aid including food, financial assistance (rental assistance, gas vouchers, bus tickets) and medical equipment loans (canes, walkers, wheelchairs). Contact them at 650-342-2255.  

David Weiner Memorial Free Loan Society of the Valley, Inc. - offers interest-free loans and emergency assistance services such as food, clothing, and cash service for people in need. Inquire by mail: PO Box 4532, Valley Village, CA 91617.

The Desi Geestman Foundation - provides financial and spiritual support to children with illness and their families at the City of Hope National Medical Center. Offers financial support for bills, travel, phone card, gas card, clothing, food, gift, and lodging. Call 818-242-1729 or 888-29-4DESI for more information.

Exceptional Children's Foundation - Lifetime Assistance Program -  provides evaluation, recommendations and assistance concerning the handicapped individual's total life situation, including housing, education, training, employment, social and recreational activities, personal and financial needs. Call 323-290-2000.  

Far Northern Regional Center (FNRC) - provides fixed point referral, case management, health services and rehabilitation (through infant development program) to children and adults who have developmental disabilities and their families. Support services and respite are available to clients' families. Medical, legal and financial assistance sometimes available depending on individual case. No costs for most services. Provides services to people residing in northern California who are residents of the following counties: Butte, Modoc, Siskiyou, Glenn, Plumas, Tehama, Lassen, Shasta or Trinity. Call 530-895-1501.  

Muscular Dystrophy Association - San Francisco - offers a free "loan closet" of used medical equipment. Provides financial assistance toward purchase and repair of mobility equipment, for children with one of 40+ different neurological diseases. Serves the Northern CA area from Ukiah to Menlo Park. Call 415-673-7500.  

National Kidney Foundation of Northern California - offers emergency financial assistance and information service to needy families. Call them at 650-349-3812.  

National Kidney Foundation of Southern California - offers support services for patients include one time only grants for food, medication, utilities, disease/disability information, health care referrals, organ donor cards, medical expense assistance, temporary financial aid, and transportation. Summer camp program for youth is also available. Call for more information at 818-783-8153

Native Daughters of the Golden West - Children's Foundation - financial assistance to children from birth to 18 years old who need medical care and are not eligible for any other assistance. Call 415-563-9091 for further information.   

Proxy Parent Services Foundation - provides financial support to continue parental-type care for mentally ill children and adults. Call 213-413-1130.  

San Francisco Department of Public Health - Children's Medical Services - provides financial assistance for medical care and testing for low-income children with serious medical problems. Call 415-554-9952 for more information.  

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center - Adams Family Resource Center - provides financial assistance, case management, respite, counseling, and information and referral to help find and access the available services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Call for information 323-730-2279.  

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center - Gardena - provides financial assistance, case management, respite, counseling, and information and referral to help find and access the available services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Accepts Medi-Cal. Fees are sliding scale. Most services are free. Call 310-366-6551 or 310-366-6552. 

Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (HPP) - offers individuals eligible for Medi-Cal that are seriously ill and have high cost medical bills and have private health coverage State Medi-Cal Program which pays for your health insurance premium. Call 800-952-5294 for more information.




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