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The City of Fresno and the State of California has asked residents to officially ‘shelter in place’ to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The 'shelter in place' order allows residents to leave their homes for grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, picking up medications or going to work.

We anticipated this action from the City and the majority of our employees are already working remotely until further notice. As a vital resource to our community, Fresno EOC will continue to provide essential food, transportation, and shelter services throughout the duration of the order. 

Program Announcements

Working in collaboration with funders and community partners on specific program plans to reduce the impact on our community and will communicate these plans to program participants. As of now, we have the following announcements:


  • Early Head Start and Head Start sites will be closed on Monday, March 16 and more information will be provided to families as it becomes available. During center closures, staff will continue to engage families and to deliver services to the extent possible, remotely. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 through April 10, 2020, Fresno EOC will be providing meals to over 3,000 enrolled prenatal women and children of Head Start 0-5. View locations and dates.
  • School-Aged Child Care servicing Selma and Parlier Unified students is closed until April 14, 2020.
  • SOUL Charter School will be closed Monday, March 16 and students will return Monday, April 13. Work packets for all students will be available.Students will be contacted by phone with a date and time to pick up their packets. If you have any questions, please call (559) 498-8543. 
  • YouthBuild Charter School will be closed Monday, March 16 and students will return May 4, 2020. 
  • AFLP home visits have been suspended until further notice. Case managers are still available to meet with clients remotely. New clients are welcome, please call (559) 263-1395. Check here for eligibility. 

Housing & Shelter

  • Sanctuary Youth Shelter staff is on call and can be reached at (800) 820-4968 or (559) 777-5101. Teens can also text the word “safe” and current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) for the nearest Safe Place location.
  • Sanctuary Transitional Shelter and Sanctuary Bridge Housing remain open. 
  • Sanctuary Housing Services home visitations are suspended but remote case management is available.
  • Outreach Services drop-in services have been suspended but outreach staff is helping the County and City with housing street homeless.

Food & Nutrition

  • Food Services delivery of congregate meals to senior centers have been suspended. Seniors needing meals should contact Fresno Madera Area Agency on Aging (FMAAA) at (559) 214-0299. Low-cost meals are also available for delivery call (559) 266-FOOD for details. Please see our updated plan to continue preparing and delivering food while staying safe.  
  • Food Distributions will be available for drive-through and pick-up at these dates and locations only. Please see our updated plan to continue to provide food while keeping staff and clients safe.
    • Parlier Community Center: March 27, April 3, April 17
    • Our Lady of Lourdes Mission in Cantua Creek: March 30
    • Please visit the Central California Food Bank locator to view other places to receive food.
  • Fresno EOC WIC sites will continue to issue benefits but only accepting phone appointments. Call (559) 263-1150 to schedule a phone appointment. New clients are welcome! See the WIC page for more details. 
  • Cafe EOC Catering is taking catering orders for delivery and drop-off only. 
  • Cafe EOC Downtown is suspending operations. 
  • Nielsen Conference Center has suspended events. 

Community Services

  • Central Valley Against Human Trafficking (CVAHT) emergency services and remote case management services are available. The phone line remains open: (559) 263-1379.
  • Foster Grandparents has suspended program activities.
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center is closed and groups are meeting virtually - check their Facebook page for more information or call/text (559) 325-4527.
  • Street Saints has suspended program activities.
  • Tobacco Education (Rural and Urban) offices are closed, all scheduled outreach activities are cancelled.


  • Local Conservation Corps (LCC) has suspended operations.
  • Employment & Training office is closed. New enrollments and workshop instruction are being conducted remotely or online. The phone line remains open: (559) 263-1100.
  • Valley Apprenticeship Connections has suspended operations.


  • Energy Services office is closed. The phone line remains open (559) 263-1588.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has confirmed that PG&E and Southern Edison have activated their protection protocol and will not disconnect energy users during this phase. The following LIHEAP locations are closed to the public until further notice: Fresno (main office), Coalinga, Orange Cove, Reedley, West Fresno (LCC), Selma, Kerman, and Sanger. Special intake events are also canceled until further notice. Visit the LIHEAP page to download and mail in your application.


  • Community Health Center will be offering very limited services. Please call (559) 499-1690 to speak with a representative.


  • Transit Systems will continue to operate unless contracting agencies direct otherwise. Please see the updated plan to maintain a connection with clients and partners while staying safe.


  • Access Plus Capital offices are closed and staff is working remotely and available by phone and email. Clients with small business loans can defer their loan payment for April 2020. Download the Access Plus Capital Loan Deferment Form

[last updated 3/27/2020 at 8:47 am]