FINANCIAL:

  • The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of
    Automotive Repair provides financial assistance to
    qualified consumers whose vehicle fails a biennial (every
    other year) Smog Check inspection.  Qualified consumers
    may receive financial assistance to make Smog Check
    related repairs or retire their high polluting vehicles.

    Smog Check - Consumer Assistance Program
    (CAP) Option 1 - Repair Assistance:  
    Consumers may qualify from the State for up to
    $500 in emissions-related diagnostic and repairs
    services to your vehicle at a CAP-approved
    station.  Based on availability of State funds, there
    are two ways to qualify:  
    1.  Income Eligible
    2.  Test-Only Eligible

    Option 2 - Vehicle Retirement:
    If you do not think your vehicle is worth repairing,
    and you qualify, the State will pay you $1,000 to
    voluntarily retire the vehicle at a CAP-approved
    dismantler, based on the availability of State
    funds.  Restrictions Apply - Application Required.  

    For questions, income requirements, vehicle and
    registration requirements, application and
    approval procedures call:
    Toll-free:  866-272-9642
    Local Office:  559-445-0515
    Bureau of Automotive Repair
    4152 W. Swift Avenue Suite 104
    Fresno, CA  93722
    Program Application:  www.smogcheck.ca.gov


  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s wide variety of
    products and services makes it easy to reduce your
    energy use.  

    Upgrade and Get Paid
    PG&E offers money back on hundreds of energy-
    efficient appliances and products to help you
    reduce your energy costs and help the
    environment.

    Recycle Your Refrigerator
    Recycle your old, working refrigerator and get $35
    from PG&E.

    Calculate Your Energy Savings
    PG&E’s online survey tools can help you
    understand where your energy goes, pinpoint
    problem areas and start you on the path to an
    energy-efficient home.

    Learn more about PG&E’s energy-saving
    programs at:  www.pge.com/findmoney


  • Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
    Home Energy Assistance
    559-263-1135  |  www.fresnoeoc.org


  • The Salvation Army
    REACH Energy Assistance Program
    559-233-0138  |  www.salvationarmyfresno.org


FOOD
:

  • Fresno Community Food Bank
    559-237-3663


  • Senior Information, Assistance & Nutrition Programs:
    Fresno - Madera Area Agency on Aging
    559-497-8685  |  800-510-2020  |  www.fmaaa.org


INSURANCE:

  • California’s Low Cost Auto Insurance Program
    The State of California has developed a program to help
    income eligible good drivers get low cost automobile
    insurance for under $400 a year - (Liability Only).
    Call to find out if you qualify.
    1-866-602-8861  |  www.insurance.ca.gov


TRANSPORTATION:

  • A Full Ride At A Quarter Of The Cost.  The Taxi Scrip
    Program is funded by Measure C (www.measurec.com)
    for Fresno County residents over the age of 70.  Fresno
    County seniors receive a 75% discount on taxi fares by
    purchasing taxi scrip.  Eligible applicants are allowed to
    purchase up to 5 ticket books per month at a cost of $5.00
    each (value of $20.00 per book).  Seniors can obtain
    applications and purchase taxi scrip at various locations
    throughout Fresno County or from Fresno Council of
    Governments (COG) via U.S. Mail.  Forms may also be
    downloaded by visiting www.fresnocog.org or obtained
    directly  through the COG offices:
    Council of Fresno County Governments (Fresno COG)
    2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201
    Fresno, CA  93721
    559-233-4148
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following is a starting point for services that may be of interest to Fresno
County and San Joaquin Valley residents.  Some programs may have
income and funding limitations or other requirements for assistance.  
Please contact the agency direct for the most current information.
EMPLOYMENT:

  • Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
    Employment & Training
    559-263-1100   |  www.fresnoeoc.org
EDUCATION:

  • Fresno Adult School offers a variety of courses and
    programs that not only help you attain your personal
    goals, but contributes to our diverse community.
    Cesar E. Chavez Adult Education Center
    2500 Stanislaus
    Fresno, CA  93721
    (559) 457-6000  |  www.fas.edu
    General Education Development (GED)
    English as a Second Language (ESL)
    Adult Basic Education (ABE)
    Career & Technical Education
    High School Diploma
    Older Adult Programs
    Community Education
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