1900 East 8th Street
Davis, CA 95616
Fax: (530) 758-8521
E-mail: steac@steac.org
Hotline (530) 758-8435



Welcome to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, better known around Yolo County as STEAC (spelled differently, but pronounced the same as the steak, the meat). STEAC is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the county and is located in Davis, a central California community some 15 miles west of Sacramento.

A volunteer-oriented organization, STEAC's purpose is to provide immediate, short-term emergency assistance with basic necessities to families and individuals in Yolo County, California, whose incomes are at or below the federal poverty level.

Founded in 1967, STEAC provides rental and utility assistance and food to those in need. Over the years, STEAC has come to be recognized as providing a critical safety net for those whose needs cannot be met by other charitable or government agencies. For needy residents, STEAC is often the agency of last resort for assistance.

Our Work


For nearly 50 years, STEAC has been providing emergency assistance to poverty-level county residents, including cash assistance for rent and utilities to prevent evictions or help families and individuals move into permanent housing. Additionally, STEAC’s Suit Up for Success Program helps low-income residents seeking employment by providing work attire for job interviews. STEAC also distributes free food to over 3,000 individuals annually from a Davis closet.

Cash donations may be sent to the STEAC office at 1900 E. Eighth St., Davis, CA 95616. STEAC is a nonprofit organization that has earned tax-exempt status from the IRS, which means all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (IRS ID #94-6138684).

STEAC's volunteers provide assistance to residents who are referred by public and nonprofit agencies. After a screening, the volunteers determine whether residents qualify for assistance from any of these programs:

Type of Assistance Provided

STEAC provides a wide variety of assistance to low-income residents of Yolo County in four program.

<See a description of the programs and services provided by STEAC


<Download a STEAC brochure and learn more about the work - pdf >



Please note that STEAC no longer has a general clothes program or closet. Donors, however, can donate clothes to STEAC's partners, All Things Right and Relevant (Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2801 Spafford St., Davis. 530-759-9649) or My Sister's Closet (530 Main St., Woodland. 530-669-6739). These nonprofit groups sell the clothes, and the money is used for STEAC to purchase business attire for the Suit Up for Success Program....


STEAC Needs More Food Project Participants

Several month's ago, the STEAC Food Project was created as a way for supporters to provide regular donation of food for distribution from the closet. The goal of the project is to augment food that gets donated from our many community drives. Typically, the closet runs low on certain food items between the drives. The project asks supporters to become regular donors of food items that are needed. Follow the link below for more information on how to become a participant:

Here's How to Help Provide an Ongoing Source of Food for Distribution from our Closet

To become a volunteer, send an e-mail to: steacfoodproject@gmail.com


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Work in the Food Closet Near Downtown Davis

As always, STEAC's staff and volunteers welcome e-mails at steac@steac.org or calls, especially from those interested in becoming a STEAC volunteer. Volunteers are always needed in the food closet, but there are other needs as well. You can reach us to volunteer at 530-758-8435 or by sending an e-mail to steac@steac.org.


Sign Up for Regular STEAC News Updates

Want to get regular news update from our office? Here is the link for signing up for news updates. We promise that we won't swamp your inbox and only send important items.



Low Income Residents Served

This table shows the number of low-income Yolo County residents that STEAC served in the 2014-15 fiscal year. With nine programs, STEAC served 2,607 families made up of 6,800 individuals. Services included 2,713 children and 494 homeless. In addition, the organization logged 7,142 hours working with community volunteers and 1,223 hours working on coalition issues.



STEAC relies overwhelmingly on donations from its Friends to provide the financial support for its programs. Complete information on ways to donate can be seen on the "Donate" links.

Please browse the site's interior pages for more information. Links to them are on the left.


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Updated 8-20-2015