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Bay Area Iranian Resources

Bay Area Iranian Resources

Food/Food Stamps/Meals

Food Connection

(800) 984-3663
Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. This is a Second Harvest Food Bank hotline for people who need food. Food is easy to get for everyone who needs it. Just give your name, address, date of birth and the number of adults and children living in your house. You will be told where and how to get food. This includes grocery bags of free food, and free prepared meals for individuals and families. The Food Connection can explain food stamp eligibility income limits to see if you qualify, and take initial food stamp application over the phone.

Food Stamps

Website (On website, click in left column on “Food Assistance).
A government program offered through the County Social Services Agency that offers free food vouchers for qualifying low income people, including some working people with low salaries. Apply at the following County offices, where you may also apply for Medi-Cal and CalWORKS/TANF (i.e.welfare payments). To apply, bring rent receipts, social security card, birth certificates, proof of income, photo I.D. for adults, bank statements, marriage certificate, vehicle registration, and utility bills.
1919 Senter Road, San Jose, 95112
408) 271-5600
379 Tompkins Ct., Gilroy, 95020
(408) 846-3900
100 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 988-6100

Meals on Wheels (Council on Aging)

(408) 296-8290 or (800) 510-2020
Delivers weekly meals to homebound seniors (age 60 and over). Cost is $1.80 per day for seven frozen dinners and seven frozen breakfasts plus bread and snacks, delivered once a week.

Meals on Wheels (Health Trust)

(408) 961-9870
No age or income restrictions. Hot meals delivered to homebound individuals. $7.75 per day for a hot meal delivered each day Monday through Friday, boxed lunch for weekends, $5.75 per lunch delivered on Friday. Minimum is ordering three hot meals a week. A sliding scale fee may be available.

Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition and Services

(408) 975-4860
Website (Click on Congregate Meal Sites to see addresses of senior meal programs countywide)
Provides senior 60 years or older with a hot meal and socialization at noon each day at their local community senior center. $2 donation requested per meal, but no senior turned away for lack of money.

W.I.C. (Women, Infants, and Children)

(888) 942-9675
A government program which provides pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children with food vouchers and formula. Phone the number above for a location near you. Some locations:
Santa Clara Public Health Department: (408) 792-5101
South County: 1234 First St., Gilroy, 95021 (408) 847-0454
North County: 660 South Fair Oaks St., Sunnyvale (408) 792-5101
Indian Health Center, San Jose (408) 445-3400 ext.210


General Assistance

A government cash loan assistance program for adults who have no income, which loans between $147 to $337 per month to a person, depending on your expenses. Can also loan $929 per month for a State Licensed Board and Care home. Apply in person at:
1888 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112
(408) 793-8900 or
379 Tompkins Ct., Gilroy CA 95020
(408) 846-3900

CAPI: Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants

A government cash assistance program of around $700 per month to certain legal non-citizens age 65 or older, or legal non-citizens of any age who are blind or disabled. Must first have been denied Supplemental Security Income/ State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) solely because of their immigrant status.
Apply at:
1888 Senter Rd., San Jose CA 95112
(408) 793-8900 or
379 Tompkins Ct., Gilroy CA 95020
(408) 846-3900

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

(800) 540-2227
A nonprofit agency providing free or low cost credit counseling, credit report reviews, foreclosure solutions, Debt Solver Program, bankruptcy counseling, reverse mortgage counseling, etc.
1265 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 105, San Jose, CA 95128-3533

Annual Credit Report

Official site provides 3 free credit reports annually.

Disability Benefits 101

An outstanding website that answers every question you have about disability benefit programs, including State and Federal programs such as SSI, SDI and SSDI, as well as Medi-Cal and Medicare. Has a benefits calculator to find out what you qualify for.

Paid Family Leave Benefits (PFL)

1 (877) 238-4373
(TTY) (800) 877-8973 Spanish line: 1 (877)-379-3819
A California Employment Development Department program which provides payment to eligible workers suffering a full or partial loss of wages due to the need to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child.

SDI:State Disability Insurance

(800) 480-3287, (TTY) (800) 877-8973
En Espanol: (866) 658-8846
Monthly check for workers who are disabled for a reason not caused by their job. Applications in English and Spanish are on website.

Social Security Benefits

(800) 772-1213
For other languages:
(TTY) (800) 325-0778
The federal Social Security Administration provides continuing income to workers and their families after retirement, disability or death; offers Medicare for people 65 or over and some people under 65 who are disabled; offers Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to those in financial need who are 65 or over, or those who are blind or disabled; and issues Social Security Cards.
Local Social Security Offices:
Campbell—770 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell CA 95008
San Jose Downtown Office—280 S.1st Street, Room 244, Federal Building, San Jose CA 95113.
East San Jose—2500 Fontaine Rd., San Jose CA 95121
South San Jose—6140 Cottle Road, San Jose CA 95123
Mountain View—700 E. El Camino Real, Mt. View, CA9 4040
Gilroy—1059 1st St, Gilroy CA

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

(800) 772-1213 TTY: (800) 325-0778
A federal government program for disabled persons, usually giving about $850 per month to a person. Apply on their website or phone the Social Security Administration number above.

SSI Advocacy Program

(408) 928-3641
591 N. King Road, San Jose, CA 95133
A County program which helps people obtain their SSI benefits.

CalWORKS (California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids)

Apply at the County Assistance Application Centers: 
1919 Senter Rd., San Jose, CA95112(408) 271-5600
379 Tompkins Ct., Gilroy, CA95020(408) 846-3900
100 Moffett Blvd. Mountain View, CA94043(650) 988-6100
CalWORKS is California’s version of the federal welfare program. TANF: Temporary Aide for Needy Families. This program gives temporary cash assistance and employment services to help families achieve self sufficiency.

Unemployment Insurance Payments

(800) 300-5616
State of California monthly check for those recently unemployed.


Official benefits website of U.S. Government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.


Outreach for Santa Clara Valley

(408) 436-2865
Reservations at (408) 436-4860
A para transit car service for disabled persons. Door to door service is provided, taking clients to medical and dental appointments. Cost is $3.50 one way, $7.00 round trip.

Senior Transportation

(408) 436-2865
A door to door para transit service for low income seniors age 65 and older, operated by Outreach. It provides 40 one-way or 20 round trip rides per year. A voluntary donation of $3.50 per ride is requested, but rides are free for those who cannot pay. Must re-apply annually. Also provides rider’s fare subsidies for VTA Para transit and Public Transit Service users.

VTA: Santa Clara County Transit District

(408) 321-2300
2 North First Street, San Jose CA 95112 (corner of Santa Clara St. and First Street)
Routes, Fares and Schedules. The website has VTA’s online trip planner. Phone VTA for bus route directions and to apply for the following:
Disabled Discount Transit Card: If you have serious health issues, you may be eligible for this card. This card will allow you to pay only $20 per month for a monthly bus sticker, or $0.75 a ride, or $2 for a day pass.
Senior Discount Transit Card: All persons age 65 and older qualify for discounted VTA rides .Bus rides for seniors cost $0.75 a ride, $2 for a day pass, and $20 for a monthly pass. To get your card, go to the VTA Transit Office in downtown San Jose, on the corner of First and Santa Clara Streets. Cost is $3. Until you are able to do this, you may get the senior discount on any bus by showing a California I.D. card or your passport, with your Medicare card.

Transportation by Community Volunteers

Daybreak Respite and Caregiver Support Services

(408) 270-4900
South County Office
(408) 848-9175

Day Break II Asian Respite and Caregiver Support Services

Volunteer provided, escorted transportation to medical/grocery shopping for homebound older adults. Both Daybreaks are programs of Catholic Charities.

Heart of the Valley, Services for Seniors, Inc

(408) 241-1571
Provides escorted transportation to persons age 59+ utilizing volunteers, as available. Suggested donation:$2.50, plus $.25 per mile.

Love In The Name of Christ (Love INC)

(408) 379 9223 or (408) 379 9227
Church volunteers who give rides to doctor’s appointments (when volunteers are available). Request eight days prior.


Housing SCC by the Community Technology Alliance

(408) 437-8800
A comprehensive online database of low cost (subsidized) housing in Santa Clara County, searchable by open and closed waiting lists, number of bedrooms, rent amount, accessibility for disabled, etc.

Housing Authority

(408) 275-8770
505 W. Julian Street, San Jose CA 95110-2300
Provides Section 8 rent vouchers for low income families, seniors and persons with disabilities. The Section 8 wait list is usually closed.Has information on low cost apartment complexes, etc.

EHC Lifebuilders: Boccardo Reception Center

(408) 294-2100
2011 Little Orchard Boulevard, San Jose Bus Line 26
For homeless persons, this large organization has emergency shelters, transitional housing and other programs countywide.Has a new medical shelter for recently discharged hospital patients who are homeless.

Homeless Resource Guide, by the City of San Jose

A pocket sized compendium of information on shelters, rental assistance, mental health and recovery programs, veteran and youth services, and housing for families and individuals.Also available in print version, other languages.

Housing Service Partnership

(408) 453-3124 or (408) 539-2170
Phone and ask to speak to the Housing Service Partnership staff person. A program funded by the City of San Jose, to help the homeless or those at risk of homelessness find housing.Will help fill out housing applications, etc.

Licensed Board and Care Homes (Residential Care Facilities)

This website is Community Care Licensing, a Department of the State of California which licenses residential care facilities and other facilities. On this website, under Question 1: “Select the Facility Type to Locate”, select “Adult Residential Facility”. Under Question 2: Select the City or zip code you wish to search in. This website will search for many other types of licensed centers such as residential care for the elderly, residential care for the chronically ill, child care centers, group homes, etc.

Community Voicemail Service

(408) 885-7654
Community Technology Alliance’s Community VoiceMail provides homeless and at-risk clients access to 24 hour personalized and easy to use VoiceMail.

Jobs/Jobs Training

California State Department of Rehabilitation

(408) 277-1355
100 Paseo de San Antonio, Rm. 324, San Jose 95113
Diagnostic and testing services, job training and placement for vocationally disabled persons with physical, mental, and emotional impairments.Supportive services. To apply at the Paseo de San Antonio office, attend the orientation Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Other offices are (Phone to apply): 7872 Eigleberry St., Gilroy, 95020 (408) 848-1345 and 1333 Piedmont Rd., Ste 106 San Jose 95132 (408) 254-5750.

Work 2 Future One Stop Career Center

(408) 794-1100
1290 Parkmoor Street, San Jose
A large, government operated job center with representatives from different government and private job and job training programs. Provides employment and training resources for all ages. Request an individual case manager to help you find a job. Other Employment Development Department sites or County job sites are:
Campbell—2450 S. Bascom Avenue, Campbell 95008 (408) 369 3606
Gilroy—7800 Arroyo Circle, Suite A, Gilroy 95020 (408) 846-1480
Sunnyvale—420 S. Pastoria Ave, Sunnyvale (408) 774-2365

Partner Affiliate:Center for Training and Careers (CTC)

(408) 213-0961
749 Story Road #10, San Jose CA 95122

Alcohol/Drug Abuse Treatment

Your Health Insurance: If you have health insurance, phone them to see what alcohol/substance abuse rehabilitation services are included in your plan.

Gateway/Proposition 36 Assessment Center: 1

(800) 488-9919
A County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services program giving information and referrals to drug and alcohol detox and treatment programs, including outpatient and residential programs.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

(408) 374-8511 (24 hours)
Contact for local AA meetings.

Spanish Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

(408) 295-0920 (24 hours)
Contact for local Spanish AA meetings.

Narcotics Anonymous

(408) 998-4200 (24 hours)
Contact for local NA meetings.

Support Systems Homes, Inc.

(800) 811-1800
1925 South Winchester Blvd., Suite 204, Campbell CA 95008

Mental Health/Counseling

Your Health Insurance: If you have health insurance, phone them to see what mental health/counseling services are covered in your plan.

County Mental Health

(800) 704-0900 (24 hours)
Provides referral to community mental health services and direct mental health services to both Medi-Cal insured and uninsured persons.

Community-Based Counseling/Therapy (Sliding Scale Fees)

On website, click on Health button, then click on Mental Health button, to see list of 50 community based counseling and psycho-therapy providers, many with sliding scale fees for those without health insurance coverage.

Santa Clara County Network of Care for Behavioral Health

An online resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS)

(408) 885-6100 (24 hours)
871 Enborg Lane, San Jose CA 95128, next to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Accepts walk in patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of insurance. A locked environment. A complete assessment will be done. Referrals to the County’s Mental Health Urgent Care clinics also.

Momentum for Mental Health (formerly Alliance for Community Care)

(408) 254-6828
438 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
Also located at:
2001 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 261-7777 and
206 South California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Largest private nonprofit agency providing mental health services to adults in Santa Clara County. Services include: residential treatment programs, supported housing programs, day rehabilitation programs, outpatient mental health and psychiatric treatment, case management and rehabilitation services, employment preparation, search and support services, support to family members, and community education.

Suicide Hotline

(408) 279-3312 or (650) 494-8420 for North County, or (408) 683-2482 for South County. Open 24/7.
If you are unable to reach the Suicide Hotline, call 911.


Hospice of the Valley

(408) 559-5600
4850 Union Avenue, San Jose 95124
Ecumenical, nondenominational agency that serves terminally ill patients in their homes by supporting the medical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Respite care by volunteers. Bereavement support for family and friends follows after the death of the patient.

Centre for Living with Dying (24 hr.)

(408) 243-0222
1265 El Camino Real, Suite 208 Santa Clara, CA 95050
Centre for Living with Dying is a program of the Bill Wilson Center that provides individual and small group grief support for adults, children and families experiencing life-threatening illness or death of a loved one. Crisis intervention and a broad based educational program on grief and loss are offered.

Funeral Consumers Alliance & Funeral Education Foundation

(650) 321-2109
Nonprofit organizations to help you make dignified, meaningful and affordable death plans. No attachment to the funeral industry or any religious group.

Health & Dental Insurance

Dental Line

(408) 808-6102
Find out where to go in Santa Clara County for Denti-Cal or emergency dental issues, as well as the mobile dental vans.


(800) 322-6384 (TTY) (800) 735-2922
For a list of Santa Clara County dentists who accept Medi-Cal.

Children’s Health Insurance Info

(888) 244-5222
Application info for Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, and Medi-Cal for Children.

Medicare Application

Medicare is a federal government health insurance program for persons age 65 and over, and for some younger persons with disabilities.Apply three months before your 65th birthday at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. Make an application appointment for your local SSA office by phoning (800) 772-1213 or apply online at www.ssa.gov.

Medicare Information & Counseling

A website of California Health Advocates which provides complete information on Medicare for Californians. For free local Medicare counseling and help with other healthcare issues, call the Council on Aging Information and Referral line at (800) 434-0222 and ask for the HICAP Program (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program).

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Maryland

(800) MEDICARE (633-4227) (TTY) 877 486-2048
This official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare. Covers all aspects of Medicare, including comparing Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. Contact them with any questions or issues with your Medicare health coverage.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: VMC Assistance in Choosing a Drug Plan

(866) 967-4677
Phone and request assistance on evaluating and choosing a Medicare plan, and a VMC staff person will phone you to assist.

Perinatal Care

(408) 792-5055
A Public Health Department program.

Santa Clara Family Health Plan

(408) 376-2000
Member Services: (800) 260-2055
Family Resource Center: (408) 874-1888
A public agency founded by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, which offers health insurance including Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and Healthy Kids.

Medi-Cal Eligibility Bureau at VMC

(408) 278-2400 or (408) 278-2455
Fax (408) 286-0342
770 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, 95128 Door “C”, on side of building.
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk in to apply for Medi-Cal.Bring photo identification and your social security card.

Medi-Cal(County Social Services)

(408) 271-5500
To apply for Medi-Cal, phone here and request that an application be mailed to you. Also, phone here to check on a patient’s existing Medi-Cal. Completed Medi-Cal applications must be turned in to a County Welfare office (see addresses on page one under Food Stamps).

Medi-Cal Service Center of Santa Clara County

(800) 753-0024
A call center to help people who already have Medi-Cal.

Medi-Cal (State of California)

(800) 952-5294
California Department of Healthcare Services Comprehensive Medi-Cal site. Has print and view Medi-Cal Mail-In Applications available in 11 languages.

Valley Care

Members call Valley Health Plan at (408) 885-4760 or (888) 421-8444
A SCVMC health coverage for adult (age 19 to 64) U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal permanent residents of Santa Clara County whose family income is less than 201% of Federal Poverty Line.

Valley Health Plan (VHP)
(408) 885-4760 or (888) 421-8444
Valley Health Plan (VHP) is a health plan choice for medical care for County of Santa Clara employees, IHSS workers, and many other employer groups.

VMC Health Coverage Programs, To Apply for the following programs, phone Valley Connection at 888) 334 1000.
Ability to Pay (APD) Program, and APD FQHC Program: For residents of Santa Clara County whose household income is less than 351% of the Federal Poverty Line. Charity Care Program:Emergency care only for persons less than 101% of the Federal Poverty Line, no residency requirement.
Discount Program: For residents of Santa Clara County whose household income is less than 351% of Federal Poverty Line, and who do not qualify for the APD program. If out of county resident, only covers emergency services. Note: Some residents will qualify for both Charity and Discount Programs.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)

(408) 885-5000
751 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA95128
This is the main phone line to contact any clinic at SCVMC hospital. The website has much information, including maps, directions and bus routes.

Valley Connection

(888) 334 1000
The SCVMC appointment line. Call Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to make or cancel a doctor’s appointment at any Valley Health Center. Also, call Valley Connection to apply for special VMC health coverage. Also offers an Advice Nurse for free medical advice for after hours and on weekends.

SCVMC Patient Business Services

(408) 885-7470
2325 Enborg Lane, Suite 1H-101 open 9 to 4 Monday-Friday
Call or walk in for questions about your SCVMC medical bills or to apply for Ability to Pay and other hospital programs.

SCVMC Medical Records Office

(408) 885-5125 Fax (408) 885-5170
Located in VMC Hospital, Old Main, Room 1C037 (across from elevator C)

County Department of Revenue

(408) 282-3200
For info about a County medical bill.

Healthy Living Classes at SCVMC: the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Free classes)

(408) 793-2780
Phone to sign up for this 6 week course to learn how to manage whatever chronic disease you may have, such as diabetes, etc.

Pandemic Flu Preparation

Websites of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the Federal Government telling how to prepare for an influenza or Avian Flu pandemic, including what supplies to store. Also tells how to care for people who get the pandemic flu.

Health Education(

408) 793-2780
Phone to find out about health related classes, such as exercise and other classes.Services may be limited based on insurance plans.

SCVMC Customer Service

(800) 885-4826
Accepts and works to resolve patient complaints/concerns. In SCVMC Hospital, Old Main.

Smoking Cessation

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program

(408) 793-2740
This free two-session class offered by Santa Clara County Public Health Department will give you a Certificate of Completion that will allow you to request nicotine replacement therapy (medications). Other resources include:
California Smokers’ Helpline: www.californiasmokershelpline.org
(800) NO BUTTS (800) 662 8887 (English)
(800) 45 NO FUME (800) 456-6386 (Spanish/Espanol)
(800) 778 8440 (Vietnamese), (800) 838-8917 (Mandarin), (800) 556-5564 (Korean)

Nicotine Anonymous

(408) 236-2196
A 12 step program.Call for meeting locations, schedule and registration.

Seniors, Disabled, Veterans and Caregivers

Benefits Checkup

This website helps seniors identify government benefits they qualify for; useful to research Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

CANHR (California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform)

(800) 474-1116 or (415) 974-5171
Helps individuals/families facing long term nursing home care placement. Knowledgeable about Medi-Cal long term care regulations.

Council on Aging Silicon Valley

(408) 296-8290
Provides care management, in-home services, senior employment, for disabled and for persons age 50+. Programs include the Linkages and MSSP case management programs, as well as volunteer programs, nutrition, recreation, transportation, health education and counseling.Includes extensive caregiver information.

Disabled Parking Permits

Apply online at the Department of Motor Vehicles at <em>www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07.htm
Or phone the DMV at (800) 777-0133

Family Caregiver Alliance

(800) 445-8106
This nonprofit organization’s website provides many informative fact sheets. Offers 24 hour phone access to information and support, to answer your questions on disabling conditions including cognitive disorders, advice on care options and community programs, and assistance in easing the emotional stress that care giving may cause.

In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

(408) 975-4899
A government program which provides in-home services for low income disabled and elderly, such as housekeeping, cooking, bathing, errands, etc. Must be on Medi-Cal to qualify. Takes 3 to 4 months to start.

San Andreas Regional Center (SARC)

(408) 374-9960
300 Orchard City Dr., #170, Campbell, CA 95008
A nonprofit corporation funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities. Coordinates case management services for infants, adults and seniors with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Down’s Syndrome, Mental Retardation, and similar developmental disabilities which started before age 18.

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center

(408) 894-9041 (TTY) (866) 945-2205
2306 Zanker Road, San Jose, also at
7800 Arroyo Circle, Suite A, Gilroy, CA (408) 846-1480
For disabled persons, provides benefits information and referrals, and other comprehensive benefits and services.

Veterans’ Services Office, County of Santa Clara

(408) 553 6000
68 N. Winchester Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Veteran’s Benefits Information and Assistance

(800) 827-1000

Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, Palo Alto

(650) 493-5000

Veterans’ Administration Healthcare Access

(877) 222 8387
Helps veterans obtain VA health care.

VA Outpatient Clinic, San Jose

(408) 363-3000
80 Great Oaks Blvd., San Jose, CA 95119

San Jose Vet’s Center

(408) 993-0729
278 N. Second Street, San Jose 95112
(Readjustment Counseling Services)

Discrimination/Legal Assistance/Courts

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara Self-Service Centers and Courtmobile

Designed to provide the public with a guide to navigate the court system. Offers assistance in all areas of law including: civil, family, small claims, criminal, restraining orders, traffic, juvenile, guardianships, and probate. Has forms needed to file for divorce, legal separation, and all court matters.All legal forms are available at their website. The CourtMobile operates at various times and locations in Santa Clara County, including Gilroy and Morgan Hill. For the latest schedule, visit the website.

Self-Service Center, San Jose

99 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose, CA95113
(408) 882-2900 ext. 2926
Get there early for walk-in appointments 8:30 – 4:00 Monday through Thursday

Self-Service Center, South County

301 Diana Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 695-5000 ext. 2926 Walk-in appointments only Thursday 8:30 to 4:00

Restraining Order Help Center

(408) 534-5600
170 Park Center Plaza, San Jose, CA 8:30 to 4:00 Monday through Friday
Restraining order help also available on the Courtmobile and the South County Self Service Center.

Call “211” to find free or low cost legal clinics for low income people.
Some additional legal services are listed here: 

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

(408) 293-4790
152 North Third St. 3rd Floor, San Jose, CA 95112
A public interest law firm which has the following projects:

Mental Health Advocacy Project

(408) 294-9730

AIDS Legal Services

(408) 293-3135

Fair Housing Law Project

(408) 280-2435

Legal Advocates for Children and Youth

(408) 280-2416

Public Interest Law Firm

(408) 293-4790

Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center

(408) 288-7030
1030 The Alameda, San Jose, CA95126
This free legal clinic is a project of Santa Clara University Law School.

Senior Adult Legal Assistance (SALA)

(408) 295-5991
Toll free for South County (408) 847-7252
Toll free for North County (650) 969 8656
160 E. Virginia St., #260, San Jose, CA 95112

Victim Witness Assistance Center

(408) 295-2656
777 N. First St., Suite 220, San Jose, CA 95112
Apply here for the State of California Victim Compensation program, which can include money for moving and payment for counseling. Also, at the State Victim Compensation Board website www.vcgcb.ca.gov/, you may download the claim form.

Domestic Violence

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

Domestic Violence Program 24 Hour Hotline
(408) 975-2730
Offers shelter (Asian Women’s Home), counseling and legal support. All Asian languages.

Community Solutions Domestic Violence Program

Gilroy—(408) 842-7138
Morgan Hill—(408)779-2113
Crisis Line—(408) 683-4118
A South County comprehensive domestic violence program offering shelter (La Isla Pacifica Women’s Shelter), counseling and legal support. Other languages: Spanish.


(888) 862-4874or (888) 8-MAITRI
234 East Gish Road, Suite #200, San Jose, CA 95112
Domestic violence services for South Asian women.Many South Asian languages.

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, San Jose

(408) 279-2962.
24 hour hotline www.nextdoor.org/
A large domestic violence program offering shelter, counseling and legal support. Languages: Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese.

Support Network for Battered Women, Sunnyvale

(800) 572-2782
24 Hour hotline. www.supportnetwork.org
A comprehensive domestic violence program offering shelter, counseling and legal support. Other languages: Spanish.

National Domestic Violence toll free hotline

(408) 779-SAFE


CET (Center for Employment Training)Immigrant & Citizenship Program

(408) 534-5451
701 Vine Street, Room 112, San Jose CA 95110
Hours: Monday-Thursday :11:00am- 6:00p.m. Friday: Closed.
Provides quality immigration and citizenship services and promotes and strengthens civic involvement among the immigrant population. CET also offers employment training and placement, and a 4C’s Childcare Center. Other languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

Day Worker Center of Mountain View

(650) 903-4102
748 Mercy Street (cross St. is Hope), Mountain View, CA94041
Connects immigrant day workers and employers in a safe and supportive environment. Empowers workers to improve their socio-economic condition through fair employment, education and job skills training.


(408) 792-2300
2310 N. First Street, Suite 104, San Jose CA 95131
An extensive Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations website with local, state and national resources for immigrants. Includes an interactive database of English as a Second Language classes.

Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)

(800) 375- 5283
(TTY) 800 767-1833
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Immigration and naturalization services; granting citizenship and permanent residency status, admitting aliens, family re-unification, and enforcement of related laws.

Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities

(408) 944-0691
Includes the: Gilroy Citizenship Line (408) 914-8337
This affordable program of Catholic Charities is fully accredited by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals to provide professional legal consultations, and a full range of immigration legal services for low income people. Other languages: Chinese, Farsi, Italian, Ilocano, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese. Gilroy office: Spanish and English only.

International Rescue Committee

(408) 453-3536
1450 Koll Circle, Suite 107, San Jose CA 95112
Provides discounted immigration and citizenship services to immigrants and refugees.Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited.Other languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Farsi, Laotian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

St. Joseph Day Worker Center

(408) 993-0873
Fax: (408) 993-0885
749 Story Rd (at Remillard St.), San Jose CA 95112
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A program of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, The purpose of the Day Worker Center is to bring employers and day immigrant laborers together. The Day Worker Center also provides health screening to a population with little access to health care.


4 C’s Council

(408) 487-0747
Referrals to childcare and subsidies for childcare.

Choices for Children

(408) 297-3295
Childcare subsidies for people on welfare within the last two years.

Head Start PreSchool

(800) 820-8182

San Juan Bautista Sick Child Care

(408) 293-1168
701 Vine St., San Jose, CA 95110
Child care for mildly ill children.

YWCA Child Care Centers

(408) 295 4011 ext. 215

Abuse Reporting and Crisis Hotlines

Adult Protective Services Reporting Line: (24-Hr)

(800) 414-2002

Child Abuse Reporting Line (24-Hr)

San Jose—(408) 299-2071
Palo Alto Area—650 493-1186
Gilroy/Morgan Hill—(408) 683-0601

CONTACT Cares Help Line (24 Hr)

(408) 850-6125
Crisis lines for parental stress, teen issues, anti-hate, jobkeeper and Centercares for AIDS/HIV, etc.

24/7 Teen Line

(888) 247-7717
A helpline/hotline for ages 7 to 24.

Websites on Health, Nutrition, Diet & Exercise

Nutrition and Diet


The CalorieKing.com Food Database holds the nutritional information for over 50,000 American generic and brand name foods (including over 260 fast-food chains).


Has a free search feature for finding the caloriecontent in American foods, including complete popular restaurant complete menus with calories.


This website of the Cooking Light magazine isfilled with hundreds of great recipes with nutritional food counts of each serving listed.Has exercise plans, and menu and event planning ideas.


This website has lots of free recipes for healthy food that tastes good.


An encyclopedia-like compilation of information on all sorts of diet plans.(Not a substitute for medical or professional advice.


Website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Much information on fruits and vegetables, many recipes.


This is the nutrition website of the Harvard School of Public Health.


This huge site contains national resource information by the federal government, with links to other sites about healthy eating, exercise, etc.

Fitness and Exercise


This website is “Americans in Motion”, afitness program of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Has downloadable, printable information on fitness.


This fitness website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has an Adult Fitness Test. Contains extensive links to fitness resources of the federal and state governments, and fitness organizations.


The National President’s Challenge is a nationwide call to action for a healthier America. It’s fun and it’s free! All you have to do is be active five days a week for six out of eight weeks, and log your activity.


This website of the Prevention magazinescontains lots of up to date information on the latest findings and trends in health, diet, fitness, recipes and nutrition.

Children’s Health

www.bcm.edu/cnrc/consumer/archives/childweight1.html, also www.kidsnutrition.org/consumer

Both are the websites of Baylor Collegeof Medicine USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center. Hundreds of articles on topics ranging from helping children develop healthy eating habits to nutrition for vegetarian teens. Also has extensive nutrition web links to sites for children and for parents.


Website of the Nemours Foundation on kids’ health, with special sections for kids, for teens and for parents.

General Medical and Disease Information


Website of the American Heart Association,with links to American Stroke Association.Section in Spanish also.


Website of the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention.Much information on health and diseases.


Website of the American Diabetes Association, with information on weight loss, exercise, nutrition and diabetes.


Extensive consumer information on medications, and an excellent drug interaction calculator.


Website of the Mayo Clinic, containing health information and Health Tools, such as a BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator and a calorie calculator.


Part of the WebMD network, this website is doctor-produced by a network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, medical information for consumers via its user-friendly, interactive web site.


The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s guide to prescription and over-the-counter medications.


This is the PubMed website, a free search engine for accessing the MEDLINE database of citations and abstracts of biomedical research articles, with some links to free full text articles. Provided by the United States National Library of Medicine.


A website of New York On-line Access to Health. Contains high quality full-text consumer health information in English and Spanish that is accurate, timely, and relevant.


Website with extensive health and disease information.

Please note: Resources and websites listed are for informational purposes only. This resource list focuses on primary organizations, and for reasons of space, does not include all available resources. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Additional resources may be found by contacting the referral lines listed on the top of page 1 of the Patient Resource List. Please contact programs directly, as information is subject to change. Please provide feedback or changes to kathleen.lynch@hhs.sccgov.org.


A gateway consumer health and human services information website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with much information on leading a healthy lifestyle.


A federal government website with easy to understand health information in over 40 languages. Created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Utility and Fuel Assistance

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)

(866) PGE-CARE
or (866) 743-2273
Gives a 20% discount off the monthly PG&E bill for low income PG&E customers. The Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program is for low income families. PG&E’s Energy Partners Program provides free weatherization, refrigerators, and air conditioners. More info is on website, on the left column under “Financial Assistance”.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

(408) 920-3953
Administered in Santa Clara County by the Community Action Agency, LIHEAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income households with paying energy bills and weatherization.

PG&E Medical Baseline Program

(800) 743-5000
Spanish line:( 800) 660-6789
Chinese line: (800)893-9555
Gives PG&E energy discounts for qualifying customers with certain medical conditions: on life support, paraplegics, hemiplegics, quadriplegics, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, and life-threatening illnesses or comprised immune systems, etc.

REACH (Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help)

To apply, call the Salvation Army at (800) 933-9677
Reach is a one-time energy-assistance program sponsored by PG&E and administered by the Salvation Army. If you have a hardship and a past due PG&E bill, you may receive an energy credit up to $200.

SBC/ATT California Universal Lifeline Telephone Service:

(866) 999-6181 or (800)288-2020
Spanish line: (800) 870-5855
Other languages: (800) 203-8600
Gives a 50% discount on unlimited local phone service for low-income customers, which can cost as low at $11 per month.

Help Paying Medical Bills

To Apply for Medi-Cal
Ability to Pay Program
APD – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and other Financial Assistance to pay medical bills at SCVMC

Quit Smoking Community

…you can speak to a Financial Counselor at SCVMC…

Financial Counselors
VSC – Valley Specialty Center
at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
No Appointment Necessary

Rosa Silva
VSC, 3rd Floor, Room 3Q204
Phone: (408) 885-4827
Patient Hours: 7:45 am to 3:45 pm

Diana Gonzalez
SC, 1st Floor, Room 1Q204
Phone: (408) 793-2598
Patient Hours: 8:30 am to 4:45 pm

Carmen Magana
VSC, 4th Floor, Room 4Q204
Phone: (408) 282-1740
Patient Hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm

To Apply by Phone: call Valley Connection at 1-888-334-1000

Walk-in Office
Financial Counselor
770 S. Bascom Avenue (Across the street from Valley Medical Center & next to Wendy’s Restaurant)

Need Emergency Help?

New Funds Available for Santa Clara County Families

Needy families in Santa Clara County are now eligible to receive emergency financial assistance provided by President Obama’s Federal Stimulus Bill. Through September 30, 2010, eligible families with proof of need may receive: • Financial help for short-term emergencies (such as assistance with utilities, move in costs or eviction costs) • Extra monthly food assistance • Financial literacy education and other services

Contact the Emergency Assistance Network Agency (listed below) providing services to families living in your ZIP code

Community Services Agency of Mountain View & Los Altos

204 Sterlin Rd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 968-0836
Assistance in 94022, 94024, 94035, 94040,
94041, 94043 ZIP Codes

InnVision Georgia Travis Center

297 Commercial Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 453-3124
Assistance in 95002, 95050, 95051, 95035,
95053, 95054, 95112, 95116, 95131, 95133,
95134 ZIP Codes

InnVision Opportunity Center

33 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-8672
Assistance in 94301, 94303, 94304,
94305, 94306 ZIP Codes

Sacred Heart Community Services

1381 S. First Street
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 278-2160
Assistance in 95008, 95110, 95111, 95113,
95117, 95118, 95124, 95125, 95126, 95128,
95136 ZIP Codes

Salvation Army

359 N. 4th St.
San Jose, CA 95109
(408) 282-1165
Assistance in 95013, 95037, 95119, 95120,
95121, 95122, 95123 95127, 95132, 95135,
95137, 95138, 95139, 95141, 95148, 95192,
95193 ZIP Codes

St. Joseph’s Family Center

7950 A-Church Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-6662
Assistance in 95020, 95046 ZIP Codes

Sunnyvale Community Services

725 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 738-4321
Assistance in 94085, 94086, 94087, 94089
ZIP Codes

West Valley Community Services

10104 Vista Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 255-8033
Assistance in 95014, 95030, 95032, 95033,
95044, 95070, 95129, 95130 ZIP Codes