March 17, 2020

Last updated 3 p.m. July 27

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Official Public Health Organizations: 
Eviction help:
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that bans residential evictions statewide on Friday, March 27. Under the statewide moratorium, you must notify your landlord in writing no later than 7 days after rent is due, and many local ordinances geared toward both residential and commercial tenants require written notice before rent is due. Find info on the EO and more here:
  • The Community Action Partnership of Madera County partners with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and together they provide emergency assistance in the form of rent and eviction prevention vouchers. It can also provide shelter vouchers for individuals or families in need of help. They can be reached at 559-673-9173. Call them to learn more about the programs offered or to apply for help. 
Food & Funds Assistance: 
  • United Way Coronavirus Relief Fund Application: 
  • Madera Unified School District: Meal distribution for all students including any children under the age of 18. Meals will be distributed at all elementary school locations from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. That day’s lunch and the following day’s breakfast will be provided. Meals will be distributed every day Monday through Friday. Students must be present to pick up food. 
    • Elementary Schools 
      • Dixieland 
      • Eastin-Arcola 
      • Howard 
      • La Vina 
      • Adams 
      • Alpha 
      • Berenda 
      • Chavez 
      • Lincoln 
      • Madison 
      • Millview 
      • Monroe 
      • Nishimoto 
      • Parkwood 
      • Pershing 
      • Rose 
      • Sierra Vista 
      • Washington 
  • Community Action Partnership – Madera, 1225 Gill Avenue Madera, CA 93637; 559-673-9173: This agency provides and refers clients to the following programs: Headstart, childcare resources, victim services (witness, sexual, and domestic), emergency shelter and food, utility assistance, Healthy Families, and volunteer opportunities. Call for more information. Victim Services hotline is 800-355-8989.
  • Madera Coalition Community for Justice, 1125 N. Lake St. Madera, CA 93638; 559-661-1879: Madera Coalition members receive a bag of groceries every Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Members may also receive a bag of clothing donated by the community once a month. Food is donated by local farmers and businesses; the rest is purchased with membership contribution. The distribution takes place at Trinity Lutheran Church 1125 N. Lake St.
  • Madera County Food Bank, 225 S Pine St Madera, CA 93637; 559-674-1482: Provides emergency food orders for families experiencing short term crisis. Provides bags of food for low-income seniors. Provides boxes of food for families in long-term crisis. More info:
  • Madera Rescue Mission: Provides emergency shelter for homeless individuals. Services include: bed space, two to three meals, clothing, bible studies, twelve step group support, mail service, and shower accessibility. Separate homes for men, women and families. Clothing and some food items are distributed on Wednesdays. Food boxes are distributed on the last Friday of the month for those in need. Also offers a faith-based drug & alcohol recovery program that is 1 year in length with 6 months after care. Hours 8 am – 8 pm. 1305 Clinton Street Madera, CA 93638. 559-675-8321 
  • Food Deliveries- If one cannot leave home or lacks transportation, there are some food delivery options:
    • Bitwise Industries has offered to provide free grocery delivery for elderly or sick people in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare counties. Send the recipient, address, and shopping list to or call 559-460-7809.
    • Khalsa Aid International is offering grocery and meal delivery for seniors, immunocompromised people, and lower-income families in Central California. For more support, visit and send a private message explaining what is needed. 
    • Home-Delivered Meals: If you are homebound and have no one to help you with groceries or meals, call us at 559-214-0299 to find out about having meals delivered to your home.
Mental Health: 
Assistance with Utility Bills:
  • PG&E won’t shut off your power if you can’t pay, as of March 12th. Flexible pay plans will be available for people who are able to show they have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Salvation Army: Those who are qualified may receive basic needs such as free food, clothing, or shelter. Other financial assistance can pay rent, utility bills, or maybe provide a medication. Case managers can also offer social services and case management. More information on Salvation Army assistance in Madera County: 
  • Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH): This program helps people pay energy bills. It will help PG&E customers pay utility bills who are in a crisis situation, such as they have received a 48 hour disconnect notice or 15 day notice. It will also assist someone if their service has already been disconnected. 
  • Internet Essentials: Free service for two months for new customers (low-income) –
  • Spectrum: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll call 844-488-8395. More info.
Undocumented/Refugee Community Help: 
Domestic Violence:   
  • Martha Diaz Battered Women’s Shelter: The Martha Diaz Shelter provides up to 30 days of shelter, food and clothing to women and children who are in immediate danger of domestic violence. Learn more by calling 800-355-8989. 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233) 
  • Report price-gouging:; 800-952-5225; tell your local law enforcement

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