Financial Information

In general, your most informative resource is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They have tips on how to deal with everything from information about credit cards to learning about common scams

COVID-19 Help

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is offering tips and warnings on how to deal with the financial impact of COVID-19, including how to protect yourself from eviction. Encuentre ayuda para pagar renta y servicios básicos. The CA Department of Financial Protection and Innovation has resources and information too.

Please watch out for new possible scams as the vaccine distribution starts. Feel free to read more about this at this link but scams can include

  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency. You do not need insurance to get the vaccine.
  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your healthcare provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is the replacement program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices. More information can be found here.

Help for Undocumented: A list of resources to help undocumented folks specifically. Be sure to check out both the nationwide and CA-specific lists. The CA govt also has a guide for immigrants.

Here is a list of national and CA-specific groups that can help with vet bills and pet food during COVID-19.

As federal unemployment benefits end Sept 4, 2021, you are encouraged to apply for other vital programs that have been expanded by the American Rescue Plan. See the linked flyer for more information about these programs and the list of ending benefits. 

Plumas Rural Services offers much help, including a Child Care Payment Program that can pay child care costs for parents or guardians who are working, seeking work, in an approved training program, homeless, incapacitated, or referred to by CPS/Social Services. See the linked application for more information.  

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible California renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance. More information can be found on the website.

College Aid Information

Other Information

The Federal Trade Commission has information about identity theft and scam alerts.

California’s Unclaimed Property Law requires banks, insurance companies, corporations, and certain other entities to report and submit their customers’ property to the State Controller’s Office when there has been no activity for a period of time (generally three years). Common types of unclaimed property are bank accounts, stocks, bonds, uncashed checks, insurance benefits, wages, and safe deposit box contents. The property does not include Real Estate. The CA Controller safeguards this lost or forgotten property as long as it takes to reunite it with the rightful owners; there is no deadline for claiming it once it is transferred over to the State Controller’s Office. It is easy to find out if the Controller is protecting property in your name.