Finance & Housing Assistance during COVID-19

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There are numerous resources available for those seeking assistance financially during COVID-19. The resources are regularly changing. Below are contacts to get updates on the availability of resources.

Financial Assistance for Households

Paying Utility Bills

  • Salvation Army – 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa, (707) 542-0981
    • Help to pay water, electric and other utility bills.
    • Afternoons, Monday-Friday, by appointment only.

Evictions

On March 24, 2020, the Board of Supervisors took action to approve the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Ordinance, effective immediately and for the duration of the declared Local Emergency in Sonoma County.

Renters & Homeowners

There are local resources for both renters and homeowners available in Sonoma County.

Student loans

Borrowers who need immediate relief may apply for a forbearance, which suspends payments for a period of time.

  • Contact your loan processor for more information.

General Tax Information

Federal Income taxes:

State Income taxes:

  • The California Franchise Tax Board earlier extended the April 15, 2020 deadline for making state income tax payments and estimated payments until June 15, 2020.
  • Visit the State of CA website for more information.

Property taxes:

  • Property taxes were due April 10, 2020.
    • If you have the capacity to pay please do. This revenue helps keep government agencies running and providing vital public services, especially in times like these.
  • Essential Auditor-controller and Tax Collector Department (ACTTC) staff is still at work during the office closure to respond to emails and process payments.
    • Due to public health concerns, please consider making payments online, by phone or by mail.
    • Cash customers can obtain a cashier’s check or money order and mail payments.
  • ACTTC has the authority to waive delinquent property tax penalties if late payment is due to circumstances beyond the tax payer’s control.
    • The COVID-19 penalty waiver application is available to taxpayers on the ACTTC website.

Assistance with Tax prep and submission

Community Funding

Financial Assistance Programs

Non-congregate and Alternative Care Sites

Non-congregate and alternative care sites have been established in Sonoma County for those who are at high risk of complications if COVID-19 is contracted as well as those who need a safe shelter that have tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms.

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