With the government’s two percent increase in Social Security taxes kicking in, workers nationwide will feel the pinch of smaller paychecks beginning this month.
It might be $50 or it might be $100 less, but everyone’s paychecks will shrink, depending on their income.
For Riverside County residents having trouble making ends meet, read on for resources and listings where people in need can find assistance:
Need help with your electric bill? Riverside County residents with low or moderate incomes can apply for cash grants and one-time assistance to help pay their electric bills through the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Weatherization Assistance Program that provides free home energy conservation services to lower energy bills for low-income Riverside County homeowners and renters.
You or someone you love is engaged in a fight for life. This organization offers help with the cost of medications for treating cancer.
Need help with home repairs, but can’t afford the escalating costs of contractors? The Home Repair Loan Program provides up to $10,000 for home repair services in the form of a deferred loan.
It can be a challenge to come up with the rent each month, especially as costs of food and gas have skyrocketed. To get rental help in California, call 800-955-2232.
Feeling sick after the dreaded hospital bill arrives in the mail? This payment option, offered by GE, provides special financing and low monthly payment options.
Cost of living got you down? Visitors can find referrals and inquire about affordable, subsidized housing by calling 951-351-0700.
Mothers who need help feeding their young children should look into this program. WIC can provide groceries for low-income women, pregnant women and infants and children up to age 5. Call 951-358-5311 to learn more.
If you find yourself in a healthcare quandary, learn more about low-cost health insurance options through Medi-Cal. Call 800-880-5305 to learn more.
From employment to finding in-home care, there are many assistance programs offered by the California Department of Social Services. Learn more by calling 916-651-8848.
For more assistance in finding answers to your financial dilemmas, visit www.needhelppayingbills.com.
Amy Bentley is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.