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.


It's Time to Sign Up to Bring Holiday Cheer By Adopting a Family.

STEAC Still Needs 75 More "Adopters" for the holiday program

Volunteers for the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) are seeking 75 more “adopters” to provide gifts and food to needy individuals and families in Davis who take part in the organization's annual Holiday Program.

“Last year, the program provided food, coats and gift boxes to 397 households in Davis, and we expect to do close to the same this year,” said Pam Baird, program chair.

As part of the program, STEAC asks individuals, businesses, service groups, churches and schools to provide their adopted low-income families of varying sizes with gift and food boxes.

As of Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, STEAC needed adopters for 30 families who have been guaranteed an adoption under the program. In addition, STEAC has 45 on a waiting list.

Volunteer individuals and groups sign on to adopt a family, which means they buy food and gifts for them. After signing up for the program, the adopters are provided a list of gifts the adopted families would like to receive for the holidays.

The cost of adopting ranges from $100 to $500, depending on the size of the family.

After buying the food and gifts on the list, the adopter must deliver the items between Dec. 9 and 11 to the program headquarters at the First Baptist Church, 38141 Russell Blvd., Davis.

“Seeing children’s expressions light up when they receive their goodies on distribution day is maybe the most memorable part of the whole experience,” said Baird, referring to the day when recipients receive their gift boxes.

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 get into permanent housing. Additionally, STEAC’s Suit Up for Success Program helps low-income residents find employment by providing work attire for job interviews. The nonprofit organization also provides free food through its Davis closet, distributing 100,000 pounds of food annually.

“With grant funding shrinking, we rely more and more on private donations to serve families and individuals who otherwise would not make it on their own,” Baird said. “Our goal is to keep these families from becoming homeless.”

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).

For information about adopting, receiving holiday gifts, volunteering or food and other donations, call 530-758-8435, send an email to steac@steac.org or see the Holiday Program section of the STEAC web page at http://steac.org/holiday-programs.php.

It's Time to Sign Up to Bring Holiday Cheer By Adopting a Family. See How It's Done.


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
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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