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Emergency Financial Assistance

Our Impact

Through our Financial Assistance programs, our Case Managers are able to provide direct support to individuals and families experiencing crises. We understand that very often the challenges our community members face are beyond their current control to navigate and resolve. In 2022, our Case Managers encountered many families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. Not only are our clients faced with rising living expenses, unaffordable housing prices and low wages, but an unforeseen circumstance can lead to making an already difficult situation all the more challenging. Our Emergency Financial Assistance programs focus on supporting community members’ efforts to maintain their housing, employment and utilities.

In 2022, we distributed over $100,000 in direct assistance to individuals and families experiencing financial hardships.

100% of your zakat donations are redistributed to individuals and families in our community. 

Through the generosity of our donors, we have been blessed to be able to step in to provide a glimpse of hope, to alleviate some stress, and allow individuals and families the opportunity to recuperate at their own pace.

To contribute to our efforts to help people sustain individuals and families in emergency situations, please donate here.

Financial Assistance Programs

At Sahaba Initiative, we offer two financial assistance programs to support individuals and families. Our team works collaboratively to ensure that any community members who access these services are given continued support, whether through our other programs or through referrals to additional services in the community.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Community members experiencing urgent and emergency financial need can apply for financial assistance through available zakat funding. Zakat funding is available for community members who meet income requirements and who identify as Muslim.

Utility Assistance

Through our partnership with United Way of Greater Los Angeles, eligible community members can apply for one-time per year grants towards their SoCal Edison and/or SoCalGas bill(s) fully funded through SoCal Edison and SoCalGas. Assistance with a SoCal Edison bill is available year-round, while assistance with a SoCalGas bill is only available for a limited time each year.

Applying for Services

Community members interested in either of these programs may contact our team to schedule an appointment.

Ways to get in touch:

  • For Zakat Assistance: please email us at
  • For Utility Assistance, please complete our online eligibility form and then our team will contact you regarding next steps. Please email any additional questions to

For appointments, walk-in appointments with our Financial Assistance Program Coordinator are available Monday and Wednesday between 10am – 2pm. Tuesday and Thursday are by appointment only.