Santa Cruz County Fire Resources

Aug 27, 2020


Please see the Santa Cruz County Fire Recovery site for the latest info including:

Long Term Recovery Group Resources: If you need assistance in recovering from the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire email to be connected with a disaster case manager. Disaster case managers can help you return to safe and secure housing by connecting you with available resources, assisting in advocacy and appeals, and creating an attainable recovery plan with you.

Fire Survivor Feedback Needed:

MAY Resources for Fire Survivors
June Resources for Fire Survivors


SC LTRG CZU Fire Survivor Events Calendar for the latest updates and additions.


  • Give an Hour is offering free online sessions for fire survivors led by a mental health professional. You can sign up for a time here.
  • CalHope provides crisis counseling and resources. Call 833-317-4673
  • Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 trained crisis counseling to support people experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5590 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.


For assistance with food, basic essential items, and emergency financial/rental/rehousing support contact a local family resource center.



Rental and Rehousing Assistance

If you are receiving temporary housing assistance through FEMA's Individual and Households Program, you may qualify for continued rental assistance. Let FEMA know if you have continued need.

Contact Community Bridges, Community Action Board, or Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey to see if you qualify for rental assistance.

Debris Removal, Debris Flows and Post-Recovery Assistance

Erosion Control Suppliers from the Resource Conservation District


County of Santa Cruz Recovery Permit Center:

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay is accepting applications for affordable homes for sale at Rodeo Creek Court in Live Oak. For an application or more information contact Family Services, 831-469-4663, ext. 14 or


Mobile Laundry Community Bridges mobile laundry trailer offers free access to washers and dryers to households impacted by the recent fires.

50% off for Fire Survivors at Habitat Restore Santa Cruz.




  • Fannie Mae's Disaster Response Network :Fannie Mae's Disaster Response Network's HUD-approved housing counselors can develop a personalized action plan, explain mortgage relief programs, provide financial coaching, and support clients’ successful recovery for up to 18 months to support safe, sustainable housing for homeowners and renters.

    o If you're a homeowner impacted by the CZU Fire, call the Disaster Response Network using the number specifically set up for the CZU Lightning Complex Fire: 866-864-8989 or request an appointment online for free assistance. You can qualify for housing counseling whether Fannie Mae owns your mortgage or not.

    o If you’re a renter in an apartment impacted by the CZU Fire or other multifamily housing with 5 or more units, use the Renters Resource Finder to access the Disaster Response Network or other helpful resources to address your financial situation.

    o Visit for more information.

  • Free business advising assistance services are provided through Santa Cruz SBDC by signing up here.
  • Disaster Loan Assistance: SBA low-interest loans for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners and renters to replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. Three Step Process in English/ Three Step Process in Spanish. You must apply for FEMA here in English/ here in Spanish. Then apply for Disaster Loan Assistance Here.
  • 3CEnergy Grant Program The NCEP Homeowner Rebuild Incentive track is a grant for homeowners affected by the 2020 wildfire season who plan to rebuild their homes as all-electric. 3CE will fund eligible projects until a total of $125,000 in funds have been fully reserved. Homeowners in 3CE service territory whose homes were red-tagged by Cal Fire during the 2020 wildfire season may apply for this program. Homeowners can also apply for an additional incentive for Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations to be installed in their new developments.


Want to help?

  • LANDLORDS NEEDED TO HELP CZU FIRE SURVIVORS. The County of Santa Cruz invites property owners and managers to assist in meeting the medium- and long-term housing needs of CZU Lightning Complex fire survivors. If you are interested in helping survivors, please fill out a brief survey here.
  • Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District is seeking material donations:
    • Native Seeds and Plants for fire families
    • Solar hand crank radios for fire families and families in debris flow zones