Ensure Strong Support


Ensure Strong Support

Woman wearing a blue tax prep shirt talking to 3 other people at a table.

More than 1/3 of households in the Sacramento region were a paycheck away from homelessness before the pandemic hit – that number is going to rise in the coming months. Through our Free Tax Prep program, we help families file tax returns for free and apply for tax credits.

More than 400 IRS-certified volunteers helped 7,000 families file taxes and earn $10.5M in refunds.

Continue to provide free tax preparation for qualifying families.

Launch Capital Region Independence Initiative to support families working to stay out of poverty.


Sacramento County COVID-19 Collaborative
Financial assistance for residents quarantined

In partnership with Sierra Health Foundation, United Way California Capital Region created the Sacramento County COVID-19 Collaborative Program that provides financial assistance to individuals and families in Sacramento County who are quarantined due to a positive COVID-19 test, or who are in voluntary isolation due to being exposed to someone with a positive test.  This assistance will be provided to the most vulnerable without the necessary resources to sustain themselves during the quarantine time period. The financial assistance will allow families to pay for rent, childcare, food, medical assistance and other needs. 

Sierra Health Foundation will identify program participants through their contract tracing efforts in partnership with 13 local nonprofits. The Foundation has hired 46 contract tracers/social workers that will provide referral to additional resources for the target households, including food and financial support.