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Housing is Key

One of the realities of COVID-19 is that many households are struggling financially. The good news is that financial relief is available through California's Housing Is Key Program, and UpValley Family Centers can help you access it

State level eviction protections change at the end of the month: though current eviction protections end on September 30, starting October 1 a modified eviction protection goes into effect through March 31, 2022 for those who are eligible for rental assistance. The protections can be accessed by applying for rental assistance. The program is active and currently accepting applications. There is no deadline to apply.

Eligibility includes: being behind on rent or utilities due to COVID-19, experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, and meeting income requirements (any changes in income during the pandemic may be considered, even if current income levels are different). All Napa County residents are eligible to apply, regardless of immigration status. This assistance is not considered a public charge. Contact us at or (707) 965-5010 to learn more. Our partner, Fair Housing Napa Valley, can assist landlords with their questions or application.  

The team at UpValley Family Centers can help local tenants with various rental assistance resources, including Housing Is Key, thanks to generous support from the Napa Valley Community Foundation, the County of Napa, United Way Bay Area, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation / American Rescue Plan Act.

Read more about local rent relief efforts in the Napa Valley Register.


Get Vaxxed!

The Adventist Health / St. Helena Hospital Foundation Mobile Health Unit will be providing COVID-19 and flu vaccinesat the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus (1088 College Ave, St. Helena) the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, September 30 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, October 5 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon – 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday, October 7 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday, October 14 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon – 1 p.m.)

No appointment is necessary. Children must have a parent present to be vaccinated. All individuals must wear a mask.

For Napa County residents ages 12-29 years old, by getting your first and second dose of the vaccine between now and December 1, you can be entered to win one of these prizes: a Play Station, tattoos, eye lashes, car detailing, an Apple watch, Airpods, and Starbucks gift cards by signing up with UpValley Family Centers or one of our Vaccine Outreach Collaborative partners listed in the flyer above. Questions? Contact Omaira at (707) 965-5010 ext. 404 or email 

Booster doses are available for people who completed their 2nd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech at least six months ago and fall under the following CDC approved criteria:

-people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings
-people ages 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
-people ages 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks
-people ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks

Age Restrictions: COVID-19 vaccine – open to anyone 12 or older. Flu vaccine – open to anyone 2 or older.


Dia de los Muertos

Save the date! UpValley Family Centers and Nimbus Arts will host our annual Dia de los Muertos festival this year on Sunday, October 31 from noon-3pm, outdoors at the St. Helena Catholic School. With COVID-19 precautions in place, this event will safely welcome community members to view altars commemorating loved ones who have passed, enjoy free entertainment and craft activities, and purchase delicious food from food truck vendors. While this event is outdoors, we ask that all attendees please wear a face mask when in close physical proximity with other guests. Any questions? Contact Joleen Cantera at 

This event is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors: Alan & Sarah Galbraith, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, The Doctors Company, The Cave Company, Central Valley, and Westamerica Bank.


Wildfire Safety and Preparedness

Evacuating from your home early can mean the difference of life or death. When a wildfire or other disaster strikes, be prepared to leave in a moment’s notice. Having a 5-minute plan with an escape route can get you and your family out and safe. Don’t wait to be told to be evacuated, leave before fires get too close.

1. Have an established meeting place
2. Pack an emergency kit with essentials like medicine, important documents, clothes, food, and water.
3. Watch for weather reports and Red Flag Warnings.
4. If you need to go, get your emergency bags packed and gather your family and pets.
5. Most important, don’t wait for the evacuation order.

Visit for more information on creating a 5-minute plan and being prepared for disaster.


Citizenship workshop

Are you a lawful permanent resident who would like to apply for US citizenship? We can help you with free legal representation and application assistance. There will be a virtual application citizenship workshop on October 28 between 10am-2pm. To participate, register and complete your packet by October 21. You can get started by clicking here or calling us to confirm your eligibility at (707) 965-5010.


Join our team!

Are you interested in doing meaningful work that strengthens families and the community?  Please visit our website to view current openings. 


UpValley Family Centers
1440 Spring Street  | Saint Helena, California 94574
707-965-5010 |

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