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CSD Launches $10.7 Million Farmworker Housing Solar Photovoltaic & Energy Efficiency Program

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) today announced the launch of a new $10.7 million component of the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) focused on farmworker housing. The LIWP Farmworker Housing Component provides no-cost rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy efficiency upgrades to low-income farmworker households to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower energy costs for participants.

“Expanding LIWP to specifically target low-income farmworker households will ensure that this hard-to-reach and often disadvantaged community will benefit from California's Climate Investments," said Linné Stout, CSD Director. “The LIWP Farmworker Housing Component will save energy, lower GHG emissions, and improve the livability of farmworker housing in California."

Farmworkers are one of the most vulnerable populations in the state due to seasonal employment and low wages. Farmworker families pay a larger share of their annual income on home energy, and often cut back on other critical needs to pay their energy bills. The new LIWP Farmworker Housing Component will increase the energy efficiency of homes owned or rented by farmworker families; reduce energy bills; provide access to solar energy; and make health and safety improvements to homes. All services are provided at no cost to eligible low-income farmworker households. LIWP, part of California Climate Investments, is an energy efficiency and renewable energy generation program administered by CSD that reduces GHG emissions and provides important co-benefits to households and communities including energy cost savings, training, and job creation opportunities.

“The energy efficiency and solar PV services LIWP is providing will have a profound impact on farmworker households by lowering their energy costs and increasing their disposable income," said Marco Lizárraga, Executive Director of La Cooperativa Campesina de California (La Cooperativa). “California at large benefits by reducing its carbon footprint and freeing up dollars for local commercial enterprises to make a positive impact on the state economy."

CSD selected La Cooperativa as the Administrator for the Farmworker Housing Component though a competitive procurement and a funding award of approximately $10.7 million. La Cooperativa, a nonprofit corporation, was established in 1995 with the mission to improve the lives of California's farmworkers, their families, and rural communities through advocacy and service. La Cooperativa and a team of partner organizations that includes MAROMA Energy Services and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Agencies will lead efforts across 12 counties with the highest farmworker populations to enroll eligible farmworker households and install energy saving and solar measures in single-family dwellings and buildings of two-to-four units. These energy efficiency measures may include:

  • Central Heating and Cooling System Upgrades

  • Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, and Freezers

  • Insulation

  • Rooftop Solar PV Systems

  • Lighting Upgrades

  • Water Heater Replacement

  • Window Replacement

La Cooperativa previously served as a Regional Administrator for LIWP's Single-Family Energy Efficiency and Solar PV Program in a region that included Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego Counties. While this program was not focused solely on farmworker housing, many farmworker households have already benefitted from LIWP's energy efficiency services.

 Mario Contreras' family in El Centro, Imperial County, was able to qualify for a variety of measures, including solar PV, that have resulted in significant savings for his family.

 “The services and experience I received through the Low-Income Weatherization Program have been very good," said Mario Contreras. “The contractors who helped me were great and communicated with me throughout the entire process. I received brand new solar panels and other energy efficient appliances for my home, and I have seen a huge difference in the amount I pay every month for my bills."

 La Cooperativa and its team are actively engaging with farmworker employers and reaching out to farmworker households through channels such as direct mail, telemarketing, radio and print media, and door-to-door canvassing. Services are now available to eligible farmworker households in Imperial, Fresno, Kern, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura counties.

For more information about the LIWP Farmworker Housing Component and how to apply for services, go to:

https://www.csd.ca.gov/Pages/Assistance-FarmworkerAssistance.aspx.

About California Climate Investments

California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and for low-income households. For information, visit http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.

​CSD Awards $4.4 Million for California’s First Low-Income Community Solar Projects

June 5, 2019

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) today announced final awards totaling $4.4 million to GRID Alternatives for two Community Solar Pilot projects in Contra Costa and Riverside Counties. These first-in-California low-income community solar projects are part of California Climate Investments and will make the cost-saving benefits of solar energy accessible to more low-income households while contributing to California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“CSD is excited to have the opportunity to pilot new program models like community solar to help ensure that the investments the state is making to fight climate change continue to benefit all Californians,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “The innovative projects that are being funded under the Community Solar Pilot Program will deliver financial savings to low-income households that otherwise can’t be served by existing solar programs, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Community Solar Pilot Program, part of CSD’s Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP), is designed to reduce energy costs for households that are not currently able to benefit from existing low-income solar programs. Most Californians face barriers to traditional rooftop solar, including those who rent, don’t have a roof suitable for solar, who live in an apartment building, or lack financing options. Well-designed community solar increases access to clean renewable energy by enabling multiple households or buildings to participate in a larger scale shared solar installation located in their community. The goal of CSD’s Community Solar Pilot Program is to provide funding for the implementation and testing of models to deliver community solar to low-income households in innovative ways that have the potential to be replicated elsewhere and to scale, reduce greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions, reduce household energy costs, and provide workforce development opportunities and other co-benefits to communities.

"Community solar can provide more equitable access to renewable power and the clean energy economy. We're thrilled to be part of California's first community solar projects which will exclusively benefit low-income families," said Stan Greschner, chief policy and business development officer with GRID Alternatives. "Not only will the Community Solar Pilot Program directly lower residents’ energy costs and provide workforce development opportunities in low-income communities, but these projects will be models for scalable programs in the future." 

Following a competitive procurement, CSD selected two projects led by GRID Alternatives to receive funding under the Pilot. GRID has partnered with the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and City of Richmond for these community solar projects.

GRID Alternatives Inland Empire was awarded $2.05 million to install a 994 kilowatt (kW) ground mounted solar array in partnership with the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Anza Electric Cooperative, Inc. The community solar system will be sited on Santa Rosa Tribal lands in Riverside County, an area designated as a low-income community, and will benefit approximately 38 homes on tribal land and 150-250 other low-income households served by Anza Electric. The project is expected to produce more than 42,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 30 years and provide up to $5.4 million in savings to participants over the life of the project.

“The Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians is proud to partner with Anza Electric Cooperative and GRID Alternatives to provide clean energy to not only Tribal Members, but also other surrounding mountain community members,” said Tribal Chairman, Steven Estrada. “We are thankful for the opportunity to facilitate this project by using our tribal lands in a sustainable way.”

GRID Alternatives Bay Area was awarded $2.38 million to install a 989 kW solar array in partnership with the City of Richmond. The community solar system will be sited at the Port of Richmond and demonstrates how solar can play a key role in decarbonizing California’s ports. The project will benefit 155 low-income households in designated disadvantaged communities in Richmond. Approximately 80 to 95 percent of subscribers are anticipated to be residents of affordable housing properties near the Port of Richmond that are not good candidates for rooftop solar; and who will receive direct financial benefits equal to approximately 75 percent of typical renter electricity costs. The remaining 5 to 20 percent of subscribers will be local renters and homeowners that are not able to benefit from existing low-income solar programs. The community solar project is expected to generate approximately $81,000 per year in revenue over 20 years for distribution to local low-income households.

“This is a perfect example of how cities can leverage land use authority and community choice energy programs to spur local clean energy development,” said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. “There is a rich history of shipbuilding and manufacturing at the Port of Richmond during the WWII era, now we’re using that same innovative spirit to build renewable energy systems that offset residents’ energy costs.” 

Each community solar project will provide solar installation training and meet specific local hiring and wage requirements. For the Santa Rosa project, residents from the Santa Rosa Band will participate in paid job training opportunities during the solar installation. Both projects are estimated to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.

About CSD

CSD works with non-profit organizations and local governments dedicated to helping low-income individuals and families achieve and maintain economic security, meet their home energy needs, and reduce their utility costs through energy efficiency upgrades and access to clean renewable energy. LIWP is the only program of its kind in California that focuses exclusively on serving low-income households with solar photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost. The program provides energy efficiency upgrades and solar for both low-income single-family households and multi-family affordable housing. Since 2015, LIWP has served over 21,000 households in California. 

About California Climate Investments

California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and for low-income households. For information, visit http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.

​CSD Urges Californians to Claim Cash Back Tax Refund on National EITC Awareness Day

It's Your Money, Get It!​

 January 25, 2019

Today, the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) recognizes National EITC Awareness Day by urging Californians this tax season to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a cash back tax refund that puts money back in the pockets of working families. CSD and its Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) partners encourage moderate-income Californians to not only claim EITC, but visit their local Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certified free tax preparation assistance center to get help filing their taxes and keep their whole refund.

 “By filing their taxes and claiming EITC, working Californians can get hundreds of dollars back,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “We need to spread the word - these tax refunds make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, and using IRS certified free tax preparation assistance centers will ensure that filers keep every penny of their refund.”
 
California families earning less than $54,884 that qualify for the federal EITC may receive cash back by claiming EITC on their tax return. In addition, Californians earning $24,950 or less may also qualify for the California EITC (Cal EITC). When combined, these tax credits can put hundreds, even thousands, back in the pockets of California families.
 
California’s EITC
 
In addition to the federal EITC, the Cal EITC is a refundable cash back credit for qualified low-to-moderate income working Californians. In 2018, Cal EITC provided nearly $400 million in cash back tax refunds to boost the income of approximately 1.4 million eligible tax filers. 
 
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 State Budget has proposed more than doubling the existing California EITC by investing $1 billion in a new “Working Families Tax Credit.” This expansion is designed to help low-income families with the costs of housing, rent, and child care, and will provide a $500 credit for families with children under the age of six. By also expanding eligibility to full-time workers earning $15 per hour, the credit is expected to reach 400,000 additional families. In total, the expanded program is expected to provide $1 billion in credits to 2.4 million families.
 
Free Tax Preparation Services
 
Whether required to file taxes or not, Californians must file their tax returns to qualify for EITC. To help you keep every cent of your cash back EITC, local CSBG agencies are here to help with no-cost IRS certified tax preparation services. A list of CSBG agencies offering no-cost tax preparation can be found below, or search for the no-cost tax preparation site near you by visiting CalEITC4Me.org/Get-It.
 
For more information about EITC, visit CalEITC4me.org.
 
Alameda County: Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership
Partnering with 2-1-1 Alameda and United Way Bay Area
For more information call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit https://earnitkeepitsaveit.org/find-tax-help-now/.
 
Alameda County: Berkeley Community Action Agency
For more information call (510) 981-5428, email wywong@cityofberkeley.info, or visit www.cityofberkeley.info.
 
Amador County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 268-6232, email tax@atcaa.org, or visit www.atcaa.org.   
                                                                                                                        
Butte County: Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
For more information call (530) 712-2883, email spowell@buttecaa.com, or visit www.buttecaa.com.
 
Calaveras County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 268-6232, email tax@atcaa.org, or visit www.atcaa.org.   
 
Contra Costa County: Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department, Community Services Bureau
Partnering with United Way Contra Costa
For more information call (800) 358-8832, 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit http://earnitkeepitsaveit.org.
 
Del Norte County: Del Norte Senior Center
For more information call (707) 464-3069, email aweston@dnsc1.org, or visit www.delnorteseniorcenter.org.
 
El Dorado County: El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call (530) 903-8151 or (888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.
 
Fresno County: United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties
For more information call 2-1-1 or (866) 559-4211, email aruiz@uwfm.org, or visit www.uwfm.org.
 
Glenn County: Glenn County Health and Human Services Agency, Community Action Division
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, and Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 934-1448, email cclark@countyofglenn.net or visit www.cgtcap.org.
 
Humboldt County: Redwood Community Action Agency
Partnering with the United Way of the Wine Country
For more information call (707) 528-4485 X122, email kelsey.cupples@unitedwaywinecountry.org, or visit https://www.unitedwaywinecountry.org/.
 
Imperial County: Campesinos Unidos, Inc.
For more information call (760) 370-5100 Ext. 5131, email
ilopez@campesinosunidos.org, or visit www.campesinosunidos.org.
 
Inyo County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call (760) 937-1397, email suestavlo@yahoo.com, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.
 
Kern County: Community Action Partnership of Kern
For more information call (661) 834-1724, email vita@capk.org, or visit www.capk.org.
 
Kings County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visitwww.cset.org/vita.
 
Kings County: Kings Community Action Organization, Inc.
For more information call (559) 904-8854, email sperico@kcao.org, or visit www.kcao.org.
 
Lake County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country
For more information call (707) 467-3236, email kharrison@ncoinc.org, or visit www.ncoinc.org.
 
Los Angeles County: City of Los Angeles, Housing and Community Investment Development 
Partnering with Family Resource Centers
For more information call (213) 808-8938, email maria.c.lopez@lacity.org, or visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers.
 
Los Angeles County: Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
For more information call (626) 358-3486, email tashera@foothillunitycenter.org, or visit www.foothillunitycenter.org.
 
Los Angeles County: Long Beach Community Action Partnership 
For more information call (562) 216-4600 or visit www.lbcap.org.
 
Los Angeles County: Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call (323) 260-2003, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.
 
Marin County: Community Action Marin
For more information call (415) 526-7532, email dbrown@camarin.org, or visit www.camarin.org.
 
Madera County: Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties
For more information call 2-1-1 or (866) 559-4211, email aruiz@uwfm.org, or visit www.uwfm.org
 
Mendocino County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine CountryFor more information call (707) 467-3236, email kharrison@ncoinc.org, or visit www.ncoinc.org.
 
Mono County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call (760) 934-5674, email suestavlo@yahoo.com, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.
 
Monterey County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email ppdo@cetweb.edu, or visit  https://cetweb.edu/.
 
Monterey County: Monterey County Community Action Partnership
Partnering with United Way Monterey County
For more information call (831) 757-3206 Ext: 208, email socorro.bernal@unitedwaymcca.org, or visit www.unitedwaymcca.org/freetaxprep
 
Nevada County: Nevada County Department of Housing and Community Services
Partnering with 2-1-1 Nevada County
For more information call 2-1-1 or (530) 265-7097, email snrdcss@co.nevada.ca.us, or visit http://211nevadacounty.org/.
 
Orange County: Community Action Partnership of Orange County
For more information call (714) 907-1880 Ext. 4405, email dbarrett@capoc.org, or visit www.capoc.org.
 
Riverside County: Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
For more information call (951) 955-6488, email cclinton@capriverside.org, or visit www.capriverside.org.  
 
San Benito County: San Benito County, Department of Community Services & Workforce Development
Partnering with San Benito County Community Action Board
For more information call (831) 630-0892, or visit www.sbccab.wix.com/cab1 and http://hhsa.cosb.us/  
 
San Bernardino County: Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
For more information call (909) 723-1571, email cblythe@capsbc.org or visit www.capsbc.org.
 
San Diego County: Community Action Partnership San Diego County
Partnering with 2-1-1 San Diego
For more information call 2-1-1 or visit www.211sandiego.org.
 
San Joaquin County: San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services
For more information call (209) 468-1784 or email psoto@sjgov.org.
 
San Luis Obispo County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of San Luis Obispo, and Cal Poly State University
For more information call (805) 756-2920 or (805) 541-1234.
 
San Mateo County: San Mateo County Human Services Agency
Partnering with Samaritan House
For more information call (650) 294-4323 or (650) 347-3648, email latrice@samaritanhousesanmateo.org, or visit http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/.

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara
Partnering with United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County
For more information call (805) 964-8857, email klawrence@cacsb.com, or visit https://211santabarbaracounty.org/eitc.
 
Santa Clara County: Sacred Heart Community Service
For more information call (408) 278-2172, email adrianag@sacredheartcs.org, or visit www.sacredheartcs.org.
 
Santa Cruz County: Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
Partnering with Project Scout of the Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
For more information call (877) 373-8297, email jans@seniorscouncil.org, or visit http://www.seniorscouncil.org/programs/projectscout/.
 
Shasta County: Shasta County Community Action Agency
Partnering with Goodwill
For more information call (530) 351-7600, email contactus@goodwill.org, or visit www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/sacramentovalley.
  
Sonoma County: Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
For more information call (707) 544-6911 Ext. 1023, email mrodriguez@capsonoma.org, or visit www.capsonoma.org.
 
Tehama County: Tehama County Community Action Agency
For more information call (530) 526-8477, email bleftwich@tcdss.org, or visit www.tehamacountyCAA.org.
 
Tulare County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org/vita.
 
Tuolumne County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 268-6232, email tax@atcaa.org, or visit www.atcaa.org.   
 
Ventura County: Community Action of Ventura County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Ventura County
For more information call 2-1-1, or visit www.myfreetaxes.org.
 
Yolo County: Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency
Partnering with Yolo County Children’s Alliance
For more information call (916) 572-0560, email Guadalupe.Lugo@yolocounty.org or visit www.yolokids.org/.

​CSD & Statewide Partners Raise Awareness of Cash Back CalEITC for Working Californians

It’s Your Money – Get It! 

February 12, 2018 

With tax season in full swing, the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) joins Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and a coalition of public and non-profit partners to recognize California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Awareness Week. 

“The CalEITC tax credit gives hard-working Californians the opportunity to earn hundreds, even thousands, of dollars just by filing their taxes,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “During CalEITC Awareness Week, CSD and its partners encourage everyone to spread the word about this powerful tool to help Californians struggling to make ends meet.”

On February 12, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation recognizing California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week and encouraged Californians to spread the word about this important resource to those who need it the most.

CalEITC Awareness Week is part of a statewide education and outreach campaign aimed at increasing the number of working Californians who claim EITC. To learn more about CalEITC, Californians can visit CalEITC4Me.org, a multilingual website providing resources that include a cash-back calculator and a free tax prep finder to help connect families to IRS certified no-cost tax preparation services in their neighborhoods.

CalEITC: Bigger and Better than Ever

This year for the first time, the self-employed and families earning up to $22,300 may qualify for CalEITC, an expansion of CalEITC eligibility and a significant increase in the upper income limit compared to prior years. Additionally, Californians with a maximum income of $53,930 may also claim the federal EITC on their tax return. In 2016, the combined credits returned over $6,000 to some families and the average CalEITC benefit was $531.

Statewide Efforts Target Highest Proportion of Eligible Californians

The 2017-2018 California State Budget Act allocated $2 million to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to support outreach and education efforts in promoting CalEITC to qualifying families and individuals. In partnership with FTB, CSD has awarded grants for community-based outreach initiatives to reach those eligible for the credit. Grantees are targeting education and outreach efforts at the statewide level, in rural areas, and in ten counties identified as having the highest proportion of eligible California residents not claiming EITC.

CSD has partnered with the following non-profits to promote CalEITC. For more information about their efforts please visit:

Statewide: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)
http://caleitc4me.org

Statewide: United Ways of California
http://www.unitedwaysca.org/

Rural Counties: Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency
http://atcaa.org/

Rural Counties: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)
http://caleitc4me.org

 o Rural Counties are counties identified as having a general population of less than 100,000 as defined by the California State Association of Counties.

Alameda County: United Way of the Bay Area
https://uwba.org/

Fresno County: United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties
www.uwfm.org

Los Angeles County: Koreatown Youth and Community Center
http://www.kyccla.org/

Los Angeles County: Youth Policy Institute
http://www.ypiusa.org/

Orange County: Orange County United Way
https://www.unitedwayoc.org/

Riverside County: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)
http://caleitc4me.org

Sacramento County: United Way California Capital Region
http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/

San Bernardino County: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)
http://caleitc4me.org

San Diego County: INFO LINE of San Diego (2-1-1 San Diego)
http://211sandiego.org/

San Francisco County: United Way of the Bay Area

https://uwba.org/

Santa Clara County: United Way of the Bay Area
https://uwba.org/

​CSD Celebrates EITC Awareness Day, Encourages Californians to Claim Cash Back Tax Credit 

January 26, 2018

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and its local Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) partners want to put hard-earned dollars back in the pockets of working Californians by recognizing national Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, a campaign to increase awareness of EITC and no-cost tax preparation services available to low and moderate-income families.

 “EITC puts real money in the pockets of workers that can go towards everything from life’s daily necessities, to savings for a rainy day,” said CSD Director Linné Stout.  “Californians living paycheck-to-paycheck have the opportunity to invest hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in their family’s future with EITC.”

EITC is a refundable income tax credit that has been shown to be one of the most effective tools to reduce poverty and help low to moderate-income workers get ahead. When the federal and California EITC are combined, qualifying families can receive hundreds, or even thousands back just by filing their taxes. This year, more families than ever are eligible for the California EITC, including the self-employed.

California families earning less than $53,930 can receive cash back by claiming the federal EITC on their tax return, and those earning less than $22,300 can also qualify for the California EITC. In 2016, the combined credits returned over $6,000 to some families and the average California EITC benefit was $531.

Federal EITC in California

The economic impact of EITC for families and California’s economy also cannot be understated. The newly updated “Left on the Table” Report, commissioned by CSD, shows that federal EITC dollars claimed in California in 2015 generated $9.6 billion in business sales, supported more than 62,000 jobs and created more than $3.3 billion in labor income. However, many eligible Californians are still not taking advantage of EITC.

Currently, the IRS estimates one in five eligible workers do not claim the EITC they earned. This means that in 2015 an estimated 1.1 million Californians left a total of $1.9 billion in federal EITC payments on the table. These are dollars that left unclaimed don’t get to Californians struggling to make ends meet, and federal funds left untapped that can’t benefit the state’s economy. This year, with the expanded eligibility of the California EITC, it’s more important than ever to spread awareness of EITC.

 

Free Tax Preparation Services

 

Whether required to file taxes or not, Californians must file their tax returns to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. To help you keep every cent of your cash back EITC, local CSBG agencies are here to help with no-cost IRS certified tax preparation services. A list of CSBG agencies offering no-cost tax preparation can be found below, or search for the no-cost tax preparation site near you by visiting CalEITC4Me.org/Get-It/.  

Remember: It’s Your Money. Get It!

For more information about EITC, visit CalEITC4me.org.

Alameda County: Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership
Partnering with 2-1-1 Alameda and United Way Bay Area
For more information call 2-1-1, or visit https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/.

Alameda County: Berkeley Community Action Agency
For more information call (510) 981-5428, email wywong@cityofberkeley.info, or visit www.cityofberkeley.info.

Amador County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 223-1485 (Amador) or (209) 533-1397 (Tuolumne), email daventi@atcaa.org or tnobriga@atcaa.org, or visit www.atcaa.org.   

Butte County: Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
For more information call (530) 712-2600, email spowell@buttecaa.com, or visit www.buttecaa.com.

Colusa County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn and Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Contra Costa County: Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department, Community Services Bureau
Partnering with United Way Contra Costa
For more information call (800) 358-8832 or 2-1-1, or visit http://earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

Del Norte County: Del Norte Senior Center
Partnering with AARP Senior Tax-Aide Volunteer Tax Preparation Services Program
For more information call (707) 464-3069 or visit www.delnorteseniorcenter.org.

Glenn County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, and Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129 or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Humboldt County: Redwood Community Action Agency
Partnering with the United Way of the Wine Country
For more information call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.unitedwaywinecountry.org/.

Imperial County: Campesinos Unidos, Inc.
For more information call (760) 370-5100 Ext 5131, email ilopez@campesinosunidos.org, or visit www.campesinosunidos.org.

Imperial County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Inyo County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call (760) 934-5674 or (760) 937-0174, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Kern County: Community Action Partnership of Kern
For more information call 2-1-1 or (661) 834-1724, email vita@capk.org, or visit www.capk.org.

Kings County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org.

Kings County: Kings Community Action Organization, Inc.
For more information call (559) 904-8854, email sperico@kcao.org, or visit www.kcao.org.

Lake County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 462-1959 or visit www.ncoinc.org.

Los Angeles County: City of Los Angeles, Housing and Community Investment Development
Partnering with Family Resource Centers
For more information call (866) 557-7368, TTY (213) 473-3231, email hcidla.contact@lacfModoity.org, or visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers.

Los Angeles County: Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
For more information call (626) 358-3486, email tashera@foothillunitycenter.org, or visit www.foothillunitycenter.org.

Los Angeles County: Long Beach Community Action Partnership
For more information call (562) 216-4600 or visit www.lbcap.org.

Madera County: Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Fresno-Madera
For more information call (209) 383-4242, or visit www.unitedwaymerced.org.

Mendocino County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 467-3236 or visit www.ncoinc.org.

Mono County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Monterey County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Monterey County: Monterey County Community Action Partnership
Partnering with United Way Monterey County
For more information call (831) 757-3206 Ext: 205, email aranyani.azevedo@unitedwaymcca.org, or visit www.unitedwaymcca.org.

Nevada County: Nevada County Department of Housing and Community Services
Partnering with 2-1-1 Nevada County
For more information call 2-1-1 or (530) 265-7097, email snrdcss@co.nevada.ca.us, or visit http://211nevadacounty.org/.

Orange County: Community Action Partnership of Orange County
For more information call (714) 897-6670, email dbarrett@capoc.org, or visit www.capoc.org.

Riverside County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/

Riverside County: Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
Partnering with Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
For more information call (951) 955-6488, email cclinton@capriverside.org, or visit www.capriverside.org.  

San Benito County: San Benito County, Department of Community Services & Workforce Development
For more information call (831) 637-9293 Ext. 25, email iserrano@cosb.us, or visit www.sbccab.wix.com/cab1.

San Bernardino County: Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
For more information call (909) 723-1571, email thill@capsbc.org, or visit www.capsbc.org/.

San Diego County: Community Action Partnership San Diego County
Partnering with 2-1-1 San Diego
For more information call 2-1-1 or (858) 300-1211, email 211helps@211sandiego.org, or visit www.211sandiego.org.

San Joaquin County: San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services
For more information call (209) 468-1549, email eboyette@sjgov.org, or visit http://www.sjchsa.org/.

San Luis Obispo County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of San Luis Obispo, AARP, and Cal Poly State University
For more information call (805) 544-4355 Ext. 480, email ddornan@capslo.org, or visit www.capslo.org.

San Mateo County: San Mateo County Human Services Agency
Partnering with Samaritan House
For more information call (650) 294-4323, email rkaufman@samaritanhousesanmateo.org, or visit http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/.

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Santa Barbara
For more information call (805) 544-4355 Ext. 480, email ddornan@capslo.org, or visit www.capslo.org/.

Santa Clara County: Sacred Heart Community Service
For more information call (408) 278-2172, email joblink@sacredheartcs.org, or visit www.sacredheartcs.org.

Santa Cruz County: Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
Partnering with Santa Cruz Community Ventures and Santa Cruz Community Credit Union
For more information call (877) 373-8297, email vita@sccvonline.org, or visit www.sccvonline.org.

Shasta County: Shasta County Community Action Agency
Partnering with Goodwill
For more information call (530) 351-7600, email info@myfreetaxes.com or contactus@goodwill.org, or visit www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/sacramentovalley.

Siskiyou County: Karuk Tribe of California
For more information call (530) 493-1600, email flopez@karuk.us, or visit www.karuk.us.

Solano County: Community Action Partnership of Solano County Joint Powers Authority
Partnering with Travis Credit Union
For more information call 2-1-1 or visit  https://www.traviscu.org/my-life/blogs/financial-wellness/jan-2017/you-may-be-eligible-for-vitas-free-tax-preparation/

Sonoma County: Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
For more information call (707) 544-6911, email acervantes@capsonoma.org, or visit www.capsonoma.org.

Tehama County: Tehama County Community Action Agency
For more information call (530) 527-6159, email caainfo@tcdss.org, or visit www.tehamacountyCAA.org.

Trinity County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Tulare County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org.

Tuolumne County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call the tax hotline at (209) 283-4021, email tax@atcaa.org, or visit www.atcaa.org/tax.

Ventura County: Community Action of Ventura County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Ventura County
For more information call (805) 485-6288, email info@vcunitedway.org, or visit https://vcunitedway.org/.

​CSD Urges Californians to Claim Earned Income Tax Credit, Visit Local Free Tax Preparation Centers

January 27, 2017

Today, the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and its local Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) partners highlight national Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, a campaign to increase awareness about EITC and no-cost tax preparation sites for low-and-moderate-income workers.

“EITC is a highly effective antipoverty program for hard-working Californians,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “The availability of free tax preparation services makes it easier for low-wage workers to file taxes and claim this cash back tax credit.”

EITC is a refundable tax credit that can put hundreds, even thousands, of dollars back in the pockets of working Californians. Last year, California created its own state Earned Income Tax Credit to supplement the federal EITC. When the federal and state EITC are combined, qualifying families can earn over $6,000 in EITC, just by filing their taxes.

Each year, CSD and CSBG agencies advocate for EITC awareness to reach workers who might miss out on the benefits of the refundable credits because they are either newly qualified for the credit, or not required to file tax returns. By claiming EITC and utilizing free tax preparation centers, Californians can keep every cent of their EITC refund to help pay bills, rent, groceries, medical costs or other important expenses.

Federal EITC in California

Currently, one out of five eligible workers do not claim the EITC they earned. For those Californians who claimed the federal EITC in 2016, the average benefit was $2,409. The amount of cash back tax credits working individuals and families qualify for under the state and federal EITC depends on income and family size. Californians with up to a maximum income of $53,505 may receive cash back by claiming the federal EITC on their tax return. Additionally, for families only earning up to $14,161, the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) may supplement the federal EITC when a state tax return is filed. If you qualify for EITC, you must file federal and state income tax returns and claim the credits to get them, even if you owe no tax or aren’t required to file a return.

Free Tax Preparation Services

This year, 42 local CSBG agencies and IRS certified income tax volunteers are partnering to open 108 local free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) centers statewide. Eligible individuals earning less than $54,000 can qualify for free tax preparation. Californians can get more information by visiting CalEITC4Me.org for a complete listing of all free tax preparation service centers in California or by contacting one of the CSBG agencies offering free tax preparation services listed below:

 

Alameda County: Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership
Partnering with 2-1-1 Alameda
For more information call 2-1-1, email info@edenir.org, or visit www.edenir.org/ 
 
Alameda County: Berkeley Community Action Agency
For more information call (510) 981-5428, email wywong@cityofberkeley.info, or visit www.cityofberkeley.info.

Amador County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 223-1485 (Amador) or (209) 533-1397 (Tuolumne), email daventi@atcaa.org or tnobriga@atcaa.org or visit www.atcaa.org   

Butte County: Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
For more information call (530) 712-2883, email spowell@buttecaa.com, or visit www.buttecaa.com

Colusa County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org
 
Contra Costa County: Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department, Community Services Bureau
Partnering with Brighter Beginnings
For more information call (925) 681-6308, email nsparks@ehsd.cccounty.us, or visit www.ehsd.org

Del Norte County: Del Norte Senior Center
Partnering with AARP Senior Tax-Aide Volunteer Tax Preparation Services Program
For more information call (707) 464-3069 or visit www.delnorteseniorcenter.org.

Del Norte County: Redwood Community Action Agency
Partnering with the United Way of the Wine Country
For more information call (707) 269-2027, or visit www.unitedwaywinecountry.org.

El Dorado County: Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Partnering with AARP Senior Tax-Aide Volunteer Tax Preparation Services Program
For more information call (530) 621-6255, or visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

Fresno County: Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership
For more information call (559) 264-1048, email shawn.riggins@fresnoeoc.org, or visit www.fresnoeoc.org/lcc/stories/post/free-tax-filing-event

Glenn County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org

Humboldt County: Redwood Community Action Agency
Partnering with the United Way of the Wine Country
For more information call (707) 269-2027, or visit www.unitedwaywinecountry.org.

Imperial County: Campesinos Unidos, Inc.
For more information call (760) 370-5100 Ext 5131, email ilopez@campesinosunidos.org, or visit www.campesinosunidos.org.

Imperial County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/

Inyo County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

Kern County: Community Action Partnership of Kern
For more information call 2-1-1 or (661) 834-1724, email vita@capk.org, or visit www.capk.org.

Kings County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org

Kings County: Kings Community Action Organization, Inc.
For more information call (559) 904-8854, email sperico@kcao.org, or visit www.kcao.org

Lake County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 467-3236 or visit www.ncoinc.org

Los Angeles County: City of Los Angeles, Community Development Department
Partnering with FamilySource Centers
For more information call (866) 557-7368, TTY (213) 473-3231, email hcidla.contact@lacfModoity.org, or visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers

Los Angeles County: Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
For more information call (626) 358-3486, email tashera@foothillunitycenter.org, or visit www.foothillunitycenter.org

Los Angeles County: Long Beach Community Action Partnership
For more information call (562) 216-4600 or visit www.lbcap.org

Madera County: Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Fresno-Madera 
For more information call (559) 673-9173, contact at www.maderacap.org/TextPages/contact_us.aspx, or visit www.maderacap.org

Marin County: Community Action Marin
For more information call (415) 526-7500, email cam@camarin.org, or visit www.camarin.org

Mendocino County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 467-3236 or visit www.ncoinc.org

Mono County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

Monterey County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/

Monterey County: Monterey County Community Action Partnership
Partnering with United Way Monterey County
For more information call (831) 757-3206 Ext: 205, email aranyani.azevedo@unitedwaymcca.org, or visit www.unitedwaymcca.org.

Nevada County: Nevada County Department of Housing and Community Services
Partnering with 2-1-1 Nevada County
For more information call 2-1-1 or (530) 265-7097 email snrdcss@co.nevada.ca.us, or visit http://211nevadacounty.org/

Orange County: Community Action Partnership of Orange County
For more information call (714) 826-9070 or (714) 532-3595, email rrenteria@capoc.org, or visit www.capoc.org

Riverside County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/

Riverside County: Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
Partnering with Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
For more information call 951955-6488, email cclinton@capriverside.org, or visit www.capriverside.org.  

Sacramento County: Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
Partnering with Sacramento Coalition for Working Families/United Way California Capital Region
For more information call (916) 368-3000,  or visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/contact-us

San Benito County: San Benito County, Department of Community Services & Workforce Development
For more information call (831) 637-9293 Ext. 25, email iserrano@cosb.us, or visit www.sbccab.wix.com/cab1

San Bernardino County: Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
For more information call (909) 723-1571, email thill@capsbc.org, or visit www.capsbc.org

San Diego County: Community Action Partnership San Diego County
Partnering with 2-1-1 San Diego
For more information call 2-1-1 or (858) 300-1211, email 211helps@211sandiego.org, or visit www.211sandiego.org.
 
San Joaquin County: San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services
For more information call (209) 468-1549, email eboyette@sjgov.org, or visit http://www.sjchsa.org/

San Luis Obispo County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of San Luis Obispo
For more information call (805) 544-4355 Ext. 480, email ddornan@capslo.org, or visit www.capslo.org

San Mateo County: San Mateo County Human Services Agency
Partnering with Samaritan House
For more information call (650) 347-3648, email saul@samaritanhousesanmateo.org, or visit http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Santa Barbara County
For more information call (805) 922-0329, email www.liveunitedsbc.org/contact-us, or visit www.liveunitedsbc.org/.

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Santa Barbara
For more information call (805) 544-4355 Ext. 480, email ddornan@capslo.org, or visit www.capslo.org

Santa Clara County: Sacred Heart Community Service
For more information call (408) 278-2198, email luisc@sacredheartcs.org, or visit www.sacredheartcs.org.
 
Santa Cruz County: Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
Partnering with Santa Cruz Community Ventures and Santa Cruz Community Credit Union
For more information call 1-(877) 373-8297, email vita@sccvonline.org, or visit www.sccvonline.org

Shasta County: Shasta County Community Action Agency
Partnering with Goodwill
For more information call (530) 351-7600, email info@myfreetaxes.com or contactus@goodwill.org, or visit www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/sacramentovalley

Siskiyou County: Karuk Tribe of California
For more information call (530) 493-1600, email flopez@karuk.us, or visit www.karuk.us

Solano County: Community Action Partnership of Solano County Joint Powers Authority
Partnering with Travis Credit Union
For more information call 2-1-1 or visit  https://www.traviscu.org/my-life/blogs/financial-wellness/jan-2017/you-may-be-eligible-for-vitas-free-tax-preparation/ 

Sonoma County: Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
For more information call (707) 544-6911, email mwatts@capsonoma.org, or visit www.capsonoma.org

Tehama County: Tehama County Community Action Agency
For more information call (530) 527-2611, email toquinn@tcdss.org, or visit www.tehamacountyCAA.org.

Trinity County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org
 
Tulare County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org

Tuolumne County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 223-1485 (Amador) or (209) 533-1397 (Tuolumne), email daventi@atcaa.org or tnobriga@atcaa.org or visit www.atcaa.org   

Ventura County: Community Action of Ventura County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Ventura County
For more information call (805) 485-6288, email info@vcunitedway.org, or visit https://vcunitedway.org/.
 
Yolo County: County of Yolo, Department of Employment and Social Services
Partnering with Yolo Center for Families
For more information call (530) 406-7221 or visit http://yolofamilies.org/

​CSD & Statewide Partners Spread the Word about Importance of Claiming CalEITC

It’s Your Money - Get It!

February 22, 2017 

Today, the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) joins Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and a coalition of state agencies and non-profits in recognizing California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Awareness Week, a statewide campaign to increase awareness about the state and federal EITC for low-to-moderate income workers.

“CalEITC is an effective tax credit built to address the needs of hard-working Californians who struggle with deep poverty,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “CSD and our partners are leading efforts to reach workers at risk for overlooking this important cash back credit.”

Increasing awareness about CalEITC can help ensure low-wage Californians receive their CalEITC refund to help pay bills, rent, groceries, or other important expenses. Californians can visit CalEITC4Me.org to learn more about eligibility, calculate cash back tax credits, and find local free tax preparation services.

CSD is facilitating statewide outreach and education efforts to target those who may be eligible for CalEITC but not claim it, such as individuals and families:

  • Without children

  • With limited English skills

  • Living in rural areas

  • With earnings below the state filing requirement and unfamiliar with the filing process

CalEITC Compliments Federal EITC

In 2016, nearly 400,000 Californian workers claimed approximately $200 million in CalEITC refunds, receiving an average benefit of $519. The amount of cash back tax credits working individuals and families qualify for under the state EITC depends on income and family size. Under CalEITC, families earning up to $14,161 may qualify. Additionally, Californians with up to a maximum income of $53,505 may receive cash back by also claiming the federal EITC on their tax return. By claiming both credits on their 2016 tax returns, working Californians can qualify to receive up to $6,000 with the two credits.

Statewide Efforts Target Areas with Highest Proportion of Eligible Californians

On February 21, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation to recognize the importance of CalEITC and to encourage Californians to spread the word about this underutilized resource. 

A CalEITC Awareness Week Partner Tool Kit, featuring sample social media posts and flyers, is available here to help anyone spread the word about CalEITC. Individuals interested in finding out how much EITC money they could get back, can text MONEY to (760) 970-8396, or DINERO to (760) 970-8396 for a Spanish language response. Message and data rates may apply.

To reach more eligible Californians, the 2016-2017 California State Budget Act allocated $2 million to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to support education and outreach activities to promote CalEITC to eligible families and individuals. FTB has partnered with CSD to award grants for community-based outreach efforts to reach low-income individuals and families living in poverty.

Working with established organizations that have community presence and trusted relationships, CSD is facilitating outreach efforts on a statewide level, and has targeted ten counties identified as having the highest proportion of eligible California residents not claiming EITC, along with rural areas.

CSD has partnered with the following non-profits to promote CalEITC:

Statewide: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)
http://goldenstateopportunity.org/

Statewide: United Ways of California
http://www.unitedwaysca.org/

Rural Counties: Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency
http://atcaa.org/
Rural Counties are counties identified as having a general population of less than 100,000 as defined by the California State Association of Counties.

Alameda County: United Way of the Bay Area
https://uwba.org/

Fresno County: United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties
www.uwfm.org

Los Angeles County: Koreatown Youth and Community Center
http://www.kyccla.org/

Los Angeles County: Youth Policy Institute
http://www.ypiusa.org/

Orange County: Orange County United Way
https://www.unitedwayoc.org/

Riverside County: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)
http://goldenstateopportunity.org/

Sacramento County: United Way California Capital Region
http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/

San Bernardino County: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)
http://goldenstateopportunity.org/

San Diego County: United Way of San Diego County
https://uwsd.org/

San Diego County: INFO LINE of San Diego (DBA 2-1-1 San Diego)
http://211sandiego.org/

San Francisco County: United Way of the Bay Area
https://uwba.org/

Santa Clara County: United Way of the Bay Area
https://uwba.org/ 

​CSD Recognizes California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, Encourages Working Californians to Claim EITC

It’s Your Money! Get It!

January 22, 2016 

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and its local Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) partners today join in recognizing California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. For the first time, California is offering its own Earned Income Tax Credit to complement the federal EITC, meaning working Californians can qualify to receive up to $6,000 with the two credits.

“By simply filing their taxes and claiming EITC, hard-working Californians struggling to make ends meet can put hundreds, even thousands, in their pockets,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “CSD and our local CSBG partners are committed to increase awareness of EITC and the availability of free tax preparation services so Californians can keep every cent of their EITC refund to help pay bills, rent, groceries, or other important expenses.”

The amount of cash back tax credits working individuals and families qualify for under the state and federal EITC depends on income and family size. Under the new California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), families earning up to $13,870 may qualify. And, families with up to a maximum income of $53,267 may receive cash back by claiming the federal EITC on their tax return. However, Californians must file their 2015 taxes to claim the credit! Visit CalEITC4Me.org to learn more about eligibility, calculate cash back tax credits, and find local free tax preparation services.

CSD has made increasing uptake of EITC in California a priority. To this end, in 2015 the Department commissioned an update to the “Left on the Table” report that identified $1.8 billion in federal EITC refunds that are left unclaimed by those Californians who most need it. Increasing awareness and claims of EITC can return these federal dollars to the State, boosting the economy. As part of this effort, CSD is running Public Service Announcements (PSA) for the third straight year across the State promoting EITC. These PSAs are also being targeted towards counties identified by the “Left on the Table” report as having a high share of eligible individuals not currently claiming the credit.

This year, 42 local CSBG agencies and IRS trained income tax volunteers are partnering to open 108 local free tax preparation centers statewide. Eligible individuals earning less than $54,000 can qualify for free tax preparation. Californians can get more information by visiting CalEITC4Me.org for a complete listing of all free tax preparation service centers in California or by contacting one of the CSBG agencies offering free tax preparation services listed below:

Alameda County: Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership
Partnering with 2-1-1 Alameda
For more information call 2-1-1, email info@edenir.org, or visit www.edenir.org/211Home.htm.

Alameda County: Berkeley Community Action Agency
For more information call (510) 981-5428, email wywong@cityofberkeley.info, or visit www.cityofberkeley.info.

Alameda County: Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco
For more information call (510) 238-2410, email earnitkeepitsaveit@uwba.org, or visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

Amador County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 223-1485 (Amador) or (209) 533-1397 (Tuolumne), email daventi@atcaa.org or szubair@atcaa.org or visit www.atcaa.org.

Butte County: Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
For more information call (530) 712-2881, email clasik@buttecaa.com, or visit www.buttecaa.com.

Colusa County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Contra Costa County: Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department, Community Services Bureau
Partnering with Brighter Beginnings
For more information call (925) 681-6308, email nsparks@ehsd.cccounty.us, or visit www.ehsd.org.

Del Norte County: Del Norte Senior Center
Partnering with AARP Senior Tax-Aide Volunteer Tax Preparation Services Program
For more information call (707) 464-3069, email info@dnsc1.org, or visit www.delnorteseniorcenter.org.

Del Norte County: Redwood Community Action Agency
For more information call (707) 269-2052, email lkeele@rcaa.org, or visit www.rcaa.org.

El Dorado County: El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency
Partnering with AARP Senior Tax-Aide Volunteer Tax Preparation Services Program
For more information call (530) 621-6150, email michelle.hunter@edcgov.us, or visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Glenn County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Humboldt County: Redwood Community Action Agency
For more information call (707) 269-2052, email lkeele@rcaa.org, or visit www.rcaa.org.

Imperial County: Campesinos Unidos, Inc.
For more information call (760) 370-5100, email cuicsbg@brawleyonline.com, or visit www.campesinosunidos.org.

Imperial County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Inyo County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Kern County: Community Action Partnership of Kern
For more information call 2-1-1 or (661) 834-1724, email vita@capk.org, or visit www.capk.org.

Kings County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org.

Kings County: Kings Community Action Organization, Inc.
For more information call (559) 904-8854, email sperico@kcao.org, or visit www.kcao.org.

Lake County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 467-3236, email renberg@ncoinc.org, or visit www.ncoinc.org.

Los Angeles County: City of Los Angeles, Community Development Department
Partnering with FamilySource Centers
For more information call (866) 557-7368, TTY (213) 473-3231, email hcidla.contact@lacity.org, or visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers.

Los Angeles County: Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
For more information call (626) 584-7420, email jen@foothillunitycenter.org, or visit www.foothillunitycenter.org.

Los Angeles County: Long Beach Community Action Partnership
For more information call (562) 216-4600, email cfernandez@lbcap.org, or visit www.lbcap.org.

Madera County: Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Fresno-Madera
For more information call (559) 673-9173, email www.maderacap.org/TextPages/contact_us.aspx, or visit www.maderacap.org.

Marin County: Community Action Marin
For more information call (415) 526-7500, email cam@camarin.org, or visit www.camarin.org.

Mendocino County: North Coast Opportunities
Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 467-3236, email renberg@ncoinc.org, or visit www.ncoinc.org.

Mono County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.
Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Monterey County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Monterey County: Monterey County Community Action Partnership
Partnering with United Way Monterey County
For more information call (831) 757-3206 Ext: 205, email aranyani.azevedo@unitedwaymcca.org, or visit www.unitedwaymcca.org.

Nevada County: Nevada County Department of Housing and Community Services
Partnering with 2-1-1 Nevada County
For more information call 2-1-1, email 211@ns-pa.org, or visit http://211nevadacounty.org/.

Orange County: Community Action Partnership of Orange County
For more information call (714) 826-9070 or (714)532-3595, email rrenteria@capoc.org or mreyes@capoc.org, or visit www.capoc.org.

Riverside County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Riverside County: Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
Partnering with Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
For more information call 951955-6488, email cclinton@capriverside.org, or visit www.capriverside.org.

Sacramento County: Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
Partnering with Sacramento Coalition for Working Families/United Way California Capital Region
For more information call (916) 368-3000, email www.yourlocalunitedway.org/contact-us, or visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/article/sacramento-coalition-working-families-free-tax-preparation.

San Benito County: San Benito County, Department of Community Services & Workforce Development
For more information call (831) 637-9293, email vita.hollister@gmail.com, or visit www.sbccab.wix.com/cab1.

San Bernardino County: Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
For more information call (909) 723-1561, email rsmith@capsbc.org, or visit www.capsbc.org.

San Diego County: Community Action Partnership San Diego County
Partnering with 2-1-1 San Diego
For more information call 2-1-1 or (858) 300-1211, email 211helps@211sandiego.org, or visit www.211sandiego.org.

San Francisco County: Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco
For more information call (510) 238-2410, email earnitkeepitsaveit@uwba.org, or visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

San Joaquin County: San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services
For more information call (209) 468-1549, email eboyette@sjgov.org, or visit http://www.sjchsa.org/.

San Luis Obispo County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with Central Coast Tax Aid
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, email info@ccfreetax.org, or visit www.ccfreetax.org/.

San Mateo County: San Mateo County Human Services Agency
Partnering with Samaritan House
For more information call (650) 347-3648, email saul@samaritanhousesanmateo.org, or visit http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/.

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Santa Barbara County
For more information call (805) 922-0329, email www.liveunitedsbc.org/contact-us, or visit www.liveunitedsbc.org/.

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with Central Coast Tax Aid
For more information call 1-(888) 687-2277, email info@ccfreetax.org, or visit www.ccfreetax.org/.

Santa Clara County: Sacred Heart Community Service
For more information call (408) 278-2198, email luisc@sacredheartcs.org, or visit www.sacredheartcs.org.

Santa Cruz County: Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
Partnering with Santa Cruz Community Ventures
For more information call (831) 460-2361, email roxanne.moore@scccu.org, or visit www.sccvonline.org.

Shasta County: Shasta County Community Action Agency
Partnering with Goodwill
For more information call (530) 351-7644, email info@myfreetaxes.com or contactus@goodwill.org, or visit www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/sacramentovalley.

Siskiyou County: Karuk Tribe of California
For more information call (530) 493-1600, email flopez@karuk.us, or visit www.karuk.us.

Sonoma County: Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
For more information call (707) 535-3311, email acervantes@capsonoma.org, or visit www.capsonoma.org.

Tehama County: Tehama County Community Action Agency
For more information call (530) 527-6159, email CAAinfo@tcdss.org, or visit www.tehamacountyCAA.org.

Trinity County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Tulare County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org.

Tuolumne County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 223-1485 (Amador) or (209) 533-1397 (Tuolumne), email daventi@atcaa.org or szubair@atcaa.org or visit www.atcaa.org.

Ventura County: Community Action of Ventura County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Ventura County
For more information call (805) 485-6288, email info@vcunitedway.org, or visit https://vcunitedway.org/.

Yolo County: County of Yolo, Department of Employment and Social Services
Partnering with Yolo Center for Families
For more information call (530) 406-7221 or visit http://yolofamilies.org/.

Governor Brown’s 2015-16 Budget established the state’s first EITC, designed to complement the federal EITC. With nearly $400 million dollars available through the new state EITC, an estimated $2.3 billion is available for Californians to claim. The California State Assembly passed House Resolution 33 designating January 22, 2016, California Earned Income Tax Awareness Day.

 

 

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