Program Information for Clients

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STEAC accepts requests for assistance only by referrals from nonprofit or government agencies.

In order to receive financial assistance from STEAC:

  • You must be a resident of Yolo County, and some programs serve only Davis residents.
  • If the referral agency you contact feels you are an appropriate client for STEAC's services, the agency will contact STEAC on your behalf.
  • The minimum requirements for assistance are income verification and a valid ID for each household member.
  • To seek help, contact a STEAC Referral Agency (see below).

Free Food

STEAC's Food Pantry in Davis provides a week's worth (5 days) of food to every member of a family including fresh foods like dairy, meat and produce.

To receive food from the STEAC Food Pantry, call the STEAC office at 530-758-8435. Please note:

  • Free food from the Food Pantry is provided only to Davis residents.
  • Individuals and families may receive food up to two times each month.
  • You must be a low-income Davis resident to qualify.
  • Residents with recent loss of job or hours will qualify for assistance.
  • Clients are served by appointment only.
  • Families with children enrolled in the Davis Joint Unified School District's free lunch program can call the STEAC office for information about scheduling an appointment at the food closet.

Holiday Program

Food and gifts are provided to qualified individuals and families.

  • Assistance as part of the Holiday Program is available only to Davis residents.
  • Applications are available online and in person starting in early November.

Rental and Utilities Assistance

Assistance for rent and utilities is provided to residents of Yolo County.

Eviction Prevention

  • STEAC assists with the payment for one month's rent up to $1,000 to prevent eviction.
  • Recipient must show that other funds are available to pay the rest of the month's rent.
  • Residents can receive eviction prevention rental assistance once a year.

First Month's Rent

  • STEAC provides assistance for one month's rent up to $1,000 to help pay for first month's rent or deposit for long-term housing.
  • Residents can receive first month's rental assistance every two years.

Bill Pay / Utilities

  • Financial assistance up to $250 is given to prevent utilities from being turned off or to have them restored.
  • Assistance is available to pay for a bill or approved expense such as: water or gas payment, medical expenses, car payments/repairs, funeral expenses, and more as approved by staff.
  • Residents can receive utilities assistance once a year.

Poverty Guidelines

To qualify for help from STEAC, a client must meet the following income guidelines. These are based on the 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines + $100/month.

# of
Rent not to exceed
(80% of monthly income)

Referral Agencies


  • Davis Community Meals & Resource Center: 530-753-9204
  • Empower Yolo: 530-757-1261


  • Empower Yolo: 530-406-7221
  • Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency: 1-855-278-1594

West Sacramento

  • West Sacramento Resource Center (YCCA): 916-572-0560
  • Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency: 1-855-278-1594
  • Empower Yolo: 916-873-8824

Knight's Landing

  • Empower Yolo: 530-735-1776

Other Agencies

  • Winters: R.I.S.E.: 530-794-6000
  • Esparto: R.I.S.E.: 530-787-4110
If you do not reside in Yolo County, please dial 211 for information.