In order to live on your own with support or to have a job with support, it is a really good idea to be aware of all the different resources and programs for which you may be eligible.

Many of the links below are referred to as “generic services”, which means that they are available to more than just people considered to have developmental disabilities. For example, many affordable housing programs are available to all people who are low-income — and programs like In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) are available to people who are low-income, disabled and live in their own home or their family’s home.

Below are links to websites that you might want to utilize. If you have questions about any of the links and the programs associated with them, contact Tom Heinz at

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State / Government Agencies

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities obtain and retain employment and maximize their ability to live independently in their communities.

The Regional Center of the East Bay supports persons with developmental disabilities and their families with the tools needed to achieve lives of quality and satisfaction, and builds partnerships that result in inclusive communities.

Social Security Administration
Supplemental Social Security (SSI)
Home Owner and Renter Assistance information
Department of Health Care Services (Medi-Cal)

Find Government Offices in your County is an Internet database of county government offices in the United States.

Transportation Services / Discount Ride Info

AC Transit. Information on applying for Paratransit services within Alameda County.

BART. Information on disabled access and how to obtain a Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount Card.

Wheels is a service of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) and provides public transportation for the Tri-Valley communities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton.

Regional Transit. Information on how to apply/obtain a Regional Transit Discount Card.

Phone and Energy Savings for Low-Income

PG&E”s CARE Program provides a 20 percent discount on monthly bills for qualified low or fixed income households and housing facilities. Qualifications are based on the number of people living in your home and your total annual household income.

California Lifeline.The California LifeLine Program (California LifeLine) is a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. The California LifeLine discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. Only one discount per household is allowed (except for teletypewriter users and for Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program participants). Each household must choose to get the discount either on a home phone or on a cell phone, but not on both.

Assurance Wireless. Assurance Wireless is a California LifeLine provider. Lifeline is a government benefit program. Assurance Wireless provides Lifeline service supported by the federal Universal Service Fund and the California LifeLine Program. Enrollment is available to individuals who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria.

Housing Info / Sources

Housing Authority of Alameda County
City of Berkeley Housing Authority
Low income / affordable housing info for Emeryville
Livermore Housing Assistance/Program Info
City of Oakland Housing Authority
Pleasanton Rental Assistance Programs/Information
City of Richmond Housing Authority

Other Resources

The Epilepsy Foundation

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program adventure, fitness and recreation by People with Disabilities.

Disability Benefits 101 DB101 provides tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment.