To be eligible for assistance the individual must be an active Inland Regional Center consumer, meet the federal guidelines for poverty, and be experiencing an emergency that threatens their health and financial stability.

2018 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Continuous States & the District of Columbia

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For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,320 for each additional person.

To find out if you or your child is eligible for assistance please contact your case manager and discuss your situation. If eligible, your request will be brought before the committee to determine how much assistance can be granted. Funds are not guaranteed and are allocated based on need and availability of funds. *Another Way holds request meeting every Wednesday at 8am unless otherwise noted. If your request is approved, funds are typically available the same day.

HHS Poverty Guidelines for 2018

The 2018 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 13, 2018.
 See also the Federal Register notice of the 2018 poverty guidelines, published January 18, 2018

Read 2018 Guidelines


All requests for rental assistance must be accompanied by a 3-day notice to quit (eviction notice) from the landlord. All requests for the first month’s down payment must include a copy of the provisional lease from the landlord/rental agency. The consumer must demonstrate that he or she is able to sustain the rental payment if assistance is provided. The reason for the move must be of an emergent nature.



The consumer must be past due on his/her bill, not going to be past due. Request must be accompanied by a copy of the most recent past due notice from utility agency or agencies.



Another Way will assist in covering the burial expenses for a consumer. All requests must include a copy of the invoice from the designated mortuary. Burial requests will always be heard and considered regardless of the number of stipends available for the month.



The Another Way Committee will consider requests for basic appliances, i.e. stoves, refrigerators, beds/mattresses, space heaters, etc. when the lack of these items poses a health or safety risk to the consumer. All requests must be accompanied by an invoice from the store where the item will be purchased.


Mobility Equipment

All requests must include an evaluation from Inland Regional Center’s Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist detailing the need for the device and why the consumer’s insurance will not cover the device.


Dental Work

All requests must be accompanied by a note from Inland Regional Center’s Dental Hygienist specifying the urgency of the request and outlining the fees.


Medical Supplies/Equipment

Requests for eyeglasses, hearing aids, communication devices, vitamins, co-pays, diapers, etc. will be considered on an individual basis.


Pathway To Citizenship

Another Way will consider assisting consumers in their quest for citizenship and residency. Paperwork for these requests must include appropriate immigration forms.


Food and Clothing

Requests for food and clothing will be considered after a consumer has contacted food banks in his/her area. Toiletry items cannot be purchased with these funds.

From time to time Another Way may condiser a request that is not listed in items 1-9 but still responds to the emergency needs of an IRC consumer. In this situation, Another Way will consider the request and extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.