In response to the devastating wildfires that overtook Sonoma County on the evening of October 16, 2017, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAPSC) responded to community needs by creating the Disaster Relief Housing Assistance Fund (DRHA). Thanks to some amazing funders, our agency was able to provide rental and deposit assistance to those immediately affected by the wildfires in Sonoma County. Under DRHA, CAP Sonoma then housed programs related to subsequent wildfires, winter floods and the Covid-19 pandemic, providing rental/deposit/utility relief from donations, grants, or federal funding. Now, DRHA has evolved to become the Community Crisis Support department and still holds important programming for those affected by natural disasters/pandemics.
Current Active Programs:
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
Program Description: The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) provides Sonoma County residents with one-month of assistance in rent, mortgage, or a utility bill if they have verifiable covid-19 related impact as of January 2023. It is not meant to be a recurring program and therefore households can only apply one time. You also cannot apply for multiple services (i.e. you cannot apply for rent and utilities).
Detail on Services Offered:
For the rental/mortgage assistance program, only one month of past, current, or first months rent can be covered.
For the utility assistance, only a one-month billed amount of a metered (gas, electric, water, sewer) or non-metered (propane or firewood) utility bill can be covered.
How to Apply?
Notes: All payments will be made directly to your landlord, mortgage loan representative, or the utility vendor.
If your situation does not fulfill the requirements for EFSP but you still need assistance due to a sudden or unexpected hardship, you may still fill out the online application for guidance and resources.