Santa Cruz County Fire Resources

Aug 27, 2020

URGENT:

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.

  • If you are a landlord with vacancies who is willing to accept fire survivors with or without access to FEMA and other survivor assistance programs, the County is asking for your support in meeting the critical housing needs of the community. Flexibility on pets, credit scores and other usual screening criteria is especially helpful.
  • More than 100 households are still in need of permanent housing following the CZU Lightning Complex fires. Many have received FEMA Rental Assistance, which can pay up to 150 percent of fair market rents and can be provided for a period of up to 18 months after the fire. Some households are move-in ready, and include singles, couples, and families with children.
  • Many are long-term residents of Santa Cruz County who wish to remain in the area, and units close to their original neighborhoods would be welcomed. However, FEMA assistance can be used up to 50 miles from Santa Cruz County.
  • The County offers landlords interested in renting to these families verification that the tenant was displaced by the CZU Lightning Complex and information about FEMA rental assistance and/or other rental assistance programs. Households will also have access to continuing case management and other support services.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY UPDATES & RESOURCES

Santa Cruz County Recovery Resource Center

Prepare for winter storms:

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS

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

FOOD

EVENTS

  • United Policy Holders Free Roadmap to Recovery Workshops. Register for all workshops here.
    • January 14, 2021, 5:30 PM PT
      Q&A for wildfire survivors
    • January 16, 2021, 10:00 AM PT
      Scoop on “Scope” Part 1
      - How to understand and correct your insurance company "dwelling" estimate
    • January 19, 2021, 7:00 PM PT
      Survivor to Survivor Forum-
      Trained UP volunteers with personal experience recovering from previous wildfires will share practical tips for loss recovery
    • January 21, 2021, 4:00 PM PT
      Remedies for underinsurance for CA wildfire survivors

INSURANCE HELP

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, Remediation and Post-Recovery Assistance

Erosion Control Suppliers from the Resource Conservation District

REBUILDING & PERMITS

Rebuilding information and next steps are here. Or email FireRebuild@santacruzcounty.us

Recovery Permit Center is now open. To schedule an appointment call 831-454-5323 or email RPC@santacruzcounty.us or sign up here.

MATERIALS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE

Mobile Laundry Community Bridges mobile laundry trailer offers free access to washers and dryers to households impacted by the recent fires. The trailer will be located at various locations in the Santa Cruz mountains each week. Click here to find out locations and sign-up.

Water Tanks
: If you are in need of a 300 gallon water tank, please fill out this form through the Boulder Creek Parks and Rec to get on the waitlist.

Santa Cruz County Material Donation Pick Up Sites:

  • St. Peter and St. Paul Orthodox Church
    9980 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond
    Wednesday 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Valley Churches United
    9400 Highway 9, Ben Lomond
    Monday-Friday, 9 p.m.-4 p.m.

AT&T Residential and Small Business Customers qualify for disaster assistance.

75% off for Fire Survivors at Habitat Restore Santa Cruz.

MUTUAL AID

LOANS & GRANTS

UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

HEALTHCARE

  • Those impacted by the wildfires could be eligible to sign up for Covered California between September 1 to December 31 2020. You may be eligible for no-cost or low-cost coverage through Medi-Cal. Apply here or call 1-800-300-1506
  • The California Department of Managed Health Care can help speed up approvals for care, lost prescriptions, or arrange healthcare at other facilities due to disasters. Call 1-888-466-2219

CRISIS COUNSELING

  • 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.
  • FEMA may provide funding for supportive crisis counseling. Learn more and how to apply here.

CALIFORNIA DISASTER ASSISTANCE SERVICES

LEGAL AID