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 Website

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.

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:

Programs Assisting Yolo County Residents

Eviction Prevention Program
Utility Assistance Program
First Month's Rent Program
Educational Assistance Program
Suit Up for Success Program

Programs Assisting Davis Residents

Free Food Program
Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program
Community Volunteers Program



  • STEAC provides emergency assistance only to residents who live in Yolo County, including the communities of Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, Dunnigan, Esparto, Knights Landing, Madison, Winters, Yolo and the rural areas.
  • Emergency assistance is provided ONLY to low-income residents.
  • STEAC does not provide service to residents of any other county and does not have information about similar programs in other counties in California or in other states.


  • Those seeking assistance from STEAC MUST BE REFERRED by a nonprofit group or government agency. STEAC DOES NOT provide service directly to low-income residents.
  • For information on services by other agencies, call the phone number 2-1-1.
  • Information on emergency assistance by nonprofits and agencies and to determine if you qualify for referral to STEAC call:
  • Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services (YCDESS) in West Sacramento at 916-375-6200;
  • YCDESS in Woodland at 530-661-2750;
  • And in Davis the DCM-Resource Center at 530-753-9204.


For low-income Yolo County residents who qualify, STEAC Provides:

  • Cash assistance up to $400 for first month's rent or to prevent an eviction and up to $200 for assistance with Pacific Gas & Electric Bills every two years.
  • Food from the Davis closet for Davis residents only once per month.
  • Holiday gifts, food and coats for Davis residents with an annual Holiday Program.


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 and making a charitable contribution to support our work. You can reach us at 530-758-8435.


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.

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