Assistance from the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund is available to senior citizens (60+), disabled individuals and low-to-moderate income families with dependent children who have a one-time critical need and who reside in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma. Critical needs assistance is provided in the form of grants that are paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord. Assistance is also provided to Bay Area food banks through food box and brown bag programs. Individuals do not receive direct grants. Contact the coordinating agency in the county in which you live.