This department is funded by the State of California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) through Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds.
We assist low-income families/individuals in Imperial County to meet their basic needs and promote self-sufficiency.
We partner with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to provide assistance to families/individuals that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. This collaboration allows us to help pay past due rent or utilities, and provide emergency food. We also partner with the Imperial Valley Food Bank, to provide USDA Commodities distribution in two sites and provide families/individuals with access to healthy food. By helping alleviate these immediate needs, we also gain the opportunity to offer additional emergency and social service support to improve socio-economic status and overall wellness of low-income families/individuals in Imperial County.
In addition, we partner with the Internal Revenue Service and coordinate two VITA sites. Federal and state income tax returns are electronically filed free of charge for low to moderate income working households. We promote the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the new California Earned Income Tax Credit (CA .EITC). As per the report “Left on the Table”, by Antonio Avalos and Sean Alley, 2010, New America Foundation (www.newamerica.org), research shows that the federal EITC is an effective tool for supporting work and alleviating poverty by supplementing the earnings of minimum-wage workers. It is widely regarded as the nation’s most effective anti-poverty program.
Eligibility for services is based on income, funding source regulations and funding availability.
The following services are provided:
Food/Food/Commodities Distribution (USDA/EFAP)
Emergency Food (EFSP)
Utility Final Notice Payments (EFSP)*
Eviction Notice Payments (EFSP)*
Income Tax Preparation – VITA (Earned Income Tax Credit)
2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines
2020-2021 CAP Public Hearings / 2020-2021 CAP Audiencias Publicas
Public Hearings / Audiencias Publicas
Assistance in completing forms
- Socail Security
- Medical Card
- Child Support
- Information and Referrals
BrawleySchedule Distribution Brawley 2019
Calendario de Distrubución Brawley 2019
CalexicoSchedule Distribution Calexico 2019
Calendario de Distrubución Calexico 2019
*Limited funding, not offered year roundIncome Guidelines 2022
CUI Income Tax Flyers
CUI Folletos De Income Tax
City Of El Centro Flyers 2019
Cuidad De El Centro Folletos 2019