Helping Those in Need

Across the globe and close to home, people like us find themselves in devastating circumstances. From the crisis in Afghanistan to California wildfires, families have been displaced from their homes and in need of support like never before. This page offers some resources that the Elk Grove community can connect, provide support, and share information with those you know who may need it.

Crisis in Afghanistan

Afghan evacuees have suffered the loss of their homes, livelihoods, possessions and oftentimes family members. They need assistance to start over in a new country. The Sacramento region is a leading destination for refugees, including a large number of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, who proudly served alongside US forces in Afghanistan. As a city welcome to all, Elk Grove wants to ensure that Afghan families coming to Elk Grove have the resources they need when they arrive.

On October 13, 2021 the Elk Grove City Council adopted a resolution supporting Afghan refugees, the people of Afghanistan, and members of the United States Armed Forces. Read the resolution.

Resettlement Agencies

Resettlement Agencies contract with the U.S. State Department to assist refugees upon arrival in the country. Learn more about these Sacramento County organizations and how you can volunteer, advocate, and give to support their efforts to assist refugees.

Government Assistance

State of California

The California Department of Social Services Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) provides state-level coordination of programs and services for vulnerable populations making the transition to California communities. Learn more about services for Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders from Irag and Afghanistan.

Sacramento County

The Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance manages the Refugee Cash Assistance Program (RCA) which provides federal cash payments to refugee single adults for eight months from the refugee’s date of entry into the United States. Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) Holders can also receive CalFresh, Medical, and Housing Support Program (HSP) assistance besides cash benefits. To apply for Sacramento County RCA benefits visit

California Wildfires

In 2021, there have been more than 6,600 wildfires in the state that have burned nearly 1.4 million acres. Evacuations have displaced many California families who may not have a home to return to. The information below is intended to assist displaced individuals and families and connect our community with ways to support neighboring communities.

Government Assistance

State of California

The California Department of Social Services California Disaster Help and Information Center provides information and resources for those impacted by California wildfires and other natural disasters. The California Department of Social Services, Disaster Services Bureau, can provide grant assistance through two programs. They are the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and the State Supplemental Grant Program (SSGP). Find out more about grant programs.

During a State of Emergency or federal disaster declaration, there are additional resources and services that may available to those affected by wildfires. Wildfire survivors are also encouraged to check with their county. Recovery resources and services.

Locating Residents Evacuated from State Licensed Community Care Facilities

If you are trying to locate someone who has been evacuated from a State licensed community care facility due to the California wildfires the Department has a listing of known evacuations and destinations.

Unemployment Services

The California Employment Development Department provides a variety of relief and services to individuals and businesses impacted by the wildfire disasters. These range from assistance for those who may have lost a job due to the disaster, to employers who are forced to shut down operations. View EDD Disaster-Related Services.

Non-Profit Organizations

Many local and national non-profit organizations are committed to helping during a disaster. Learn more about these organizations and how you can contribute to the effort to help others in need.

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