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Solano County

Strengthening Communities in Solano County

Building a Better Region for All


Welcome to our dedicated page highlighting the need and impact in Solano County. We are dedicated to addressing the pressing needs of our Solano residents and fostering a stronger, more equitable future for its community.


We recognize the need for access to affordable housing, economic stability, and basic needs services. Through this page, we aim to provide you with valuable data and insights that shed light on the specific challenges faced by our Solano County community and the collaborative efforts we undertake to drive positive change.


Together, we can support individuals, strengthen families, and uplift the entire Solano County community.

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We Are Stronger Together.


Adelita was doing all she could to give herself and her children a better life.


She was going to community college. She was also working part-time to earn money. Every day was another step toward a brighter, more stable future for her family. But there were times when she needed help urgently—with food, with housing, and even paying the bills.


That’s when she turned to United Way Bay Area. Because of generous donors, she got the support she needed!!


“It was nice to know people were thinking about students and the struggles we were facing. I have a good job today, and I’m building a brighter future for my family. Thank you so much!” – Adelita

15,180 individuals are food insecure

10,159 low-income renter households do not have access to an affordable home

$80,456 Real cost measure for a family of 4

The Need in Solano County

Access to basic needs is difficult for many

22,296 households in Solano County struggle to meet basic needs including paying for food and groceries, housing and utility bills; and keeping up with monthly car payments and other transportation costs.

The wealth gap is increasing

Among full time workers In Solano County, the income of low-wage workers decreased 19% between 2000 and 2019, while high-wage workers' income increased 14%.

Housing is a cost burden for many residents

54,584 households in Solano County are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent.

Our Impact in the Community



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(A free, vital service that connects callers with health and human services (food, shelter, childcare, legal services)


211 assisted 2,955 contacts with housing/shelter need in Solano County.


Learn More About 211

Free Tax Help

(Free tax preparation for anyone who needs it)


Free Tax Help has helped provide 2,196,497 in refunds to Solano County households.


Learn More About Our Free Tax Help Program

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(Centers that provide one-stop access to a full range of services to move families towards financial prosperity.)


84% of SparkPoint clients made progress towards their employment and financial goals.


Learn More About SparkPoint

Explore the Data

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The Real Cost Measure


United Ways of California, in partnership with California’s 29 local United Ways, is proud to release How Much it Costs to Struggle: The Real Cost Measure in California 2023, a study on what it takes to make ends meet in California.


Unlike the official poverty measure which primarily accounts for the cost of food, the Real Cost Measure factors the costs of housing, food, health care, childcare, transportation and other basic needs to reveal what it really costs to live in California.

Explore our Real Cost Measure dashboard
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211 Bay Area


(A free, vital service that connects callers with health and human services (food, shelter, childcare, legal services))


2-1-1 phone and text services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are available in 150 languages through phone interpretation services and English and Spanish for text services.

Explore our 211 Dashboard

Solano County Impact Sheet


We have a wealth of information to share. Our Solano County Infographic delves into the needs of the county and what we are doing to address it.


Sign-Up and Access Our Impact Sheet

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Sign-Up and Access All County Impact Sheets


These “Impact Fact Sheets” summarize the key findings of the needs in each of our 8 Bay Area Counties that we serve and our collective community impact so you can quickly access this important information.


Bay Area Impact Analysis By County


We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.


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Alameda County

116,630 individuals are experiencing food insecurity in Alameda County alone.

See Alameda’s Need

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Contra Costa County

27,709 renter-households with low incomes DO NOT have access to an affordable home.

See Contra Costa’s Need

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Marin County

40,404 households in Marin County spend more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Marin County’s Need

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Napa County

Full-time income for workers in low-wage jobs decreased 10% between 2000 and 2019, while high-wage job income increased 13%.

See Napa County’s Need

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San Francisco County

A typical family of four needs $127,332 just to meet basic needs. The median income for SF residents is $119,136.

See San Francisco’s Need

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San Mateo County

33,374 individuals have been served through UWBA programs – that’s nearly twice the seating capacity of the Chase Center.

See San Mateo’s Need

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Santa Clara County

27,400 children are experiencing food insecurity.

See Santa Clara’s Need

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Solano County

54,584 households are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Solano County’s Need

Partner Agencies


  • Asian, Inc.
  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Benicia Community Action Council*
  • Catholic Charities of Yolo Solano
  • Child Start
  • Children’s Network of Solano County*
  • Dixon Family Services*
  • Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network
  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
  • Fighting Back Partnership
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
  • Healthy Start FRC & Fairfield Community VITA*
  • Life on Trak
  • Meals on Wheels of Solano County, Inc.
  • Napa Valley Unified School District
  • Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • Shelter Inc.
  • Solano Community College
  • Sparrow Project
  • Travis Credit Union
  • Travis Credit Union*


* UWBA Grantees

Make a Difference


We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.


Support Our Region

Now that you know the need, support our region and make a difference today!


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Partner With Us On Your CSR Goals

Find out how we can partner to amplify your community support and create a lasting impact together.


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Your Voice Matters

Raise your voice and advocate for policy measures that drive positive change and uplift the needs of our community.


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Solano County Quiz

Roughly, what is the Real Cost Measure for a family of 4 in Solano County?

Of their total income, what percentage do 54,584 households spend of their income on housing?