We’re there for those unexpected financial emergencies.
Our job is to fill in the gaps and help people lift themselves up. We cover unexpected financial emergencies so people can keep a roof over their heads and the lights on at home.
Our safety net programs help Marin families, seniors, and people with disabilities with emergency financial needs that are not covered by other assistance programs. We assist people with rent or mortgage payments, rental deposits, and car repairs, along with other emergency needs.
Marin county has the greatest inequities based on race in California. Almost one third of people live paycheck-to-paycheck and more than half of those are people of color.
Safety Net, By the Numbers1/3Number of people living paycheck-to-paycheck800Number of families we help to keep the lights and heat on1500Number of seniors that run out of money for food each month
I was at the end of my rope and didn’t know where to turn. Without Community Action Marin being in my corner, my kids would’ve gone hungry.
Kelli’s Story – Coming Home
Originally from Marin, Kelli was building a modestly successful career as a musician on the Big Island of Hawaii and working on her third album when the volcano on the island erupted. She was forced to evacuate with her two young sons, and leave most of their possessions behind. She returned to Marin, where her mother still lived, but the cost of housing had skyrocketed and she struggled to find a place she could afford. At first, she was moving the kids back and forth from her aunt’s place in Fairfax to her mom’s place in Cotati while also working to scrape up enough money to get into a place of her own.
“I was working three different freelance jobs doing social media and marketing, working at night after I finally got the kids to bed,” she said. “I was trying to get the money together, and every time I check Craigslist, the rents keep rising. In Marin, it could be $7,500 that someone needs to come up with just to get into a place.”
With the 48% increase in the cost of living in Marin County over a four year period, many in our community find themselves in an emergency situation. Basic living expenses—housing, healthcare, food, and transportation—have become unaffordable and financial strain has become a reality for many. Community Action Marin’s safety net programs were designed to support people in meeting their basic needs so they can become stable and lift themselves out of poverty.
Energy Program (LIHEAP)
Community Action Marin is the local administrator of the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Our Energy Program also acts as a conduit to other energy assistance and residential conservation programs. Reaching over 800 households each year, our Low-Income Energy Assistance Program ensures that families get assistance with utility payments, wood and propane home energy costs.
Emergency Food Boxes
Community Action Marin hosts the largest Emergency Food Box Program operation in the county. In partnership with San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, we provide a three-day supply of food for individuals and families who are facing an unforeseen emergency and cannot access other food resources.
Emergency Family Needs
Emergency Family Needs assists people with rent or mortgage payments, rental deposits and, in limited cases, emergency car repairs, durable medical equipment or other essential needs.