Thomas Fire Resources For Recovery
The United Way of Ventura County’s Thomas Fire Relief Fund will be accepting applications for financial assistance from 2/19/2018 to 4/30/2018.
Allowable expenses covered by the Thomas Fire Relief Funds include costs as a result of loss of or damage to residence/vehicle including but not limited to rent assistance, move-in costs, RV and vehicle repair, smoke/water damage repair, appliance replacement, and replacement of “tools of the trade”/uniforms.
Ventura County resident, who experienced either loss or damage to property (owned or rented) or loss of income as a direct result of the fire and who meet the following income limits:
Application available via the link below. Once application is completed return to one of the locations listed below where a case manager will review and collect supporting documentation.
• Community Action of Ventura County
621 Richmond Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
• Mexican Consulate for Mexican Nationals and Mexican-American citizens
3151 West 5th Street, E100
Oxnard, CA 93030
• Salvation Army Ventura
650 Petit Avenue
Ventura, CA 93004
• Ventura County Human Service Agenices
Accepting application by email: HSA.Help@ventura.org
Application deadline is 4/30/2018
If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.
SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair/replace disaster property damage. Small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations may also borrow to help meet disaster caused working capital needs. The $2 million maximum applies to the combination of property damage and working capital loans.
There are three ways to apply for SBA disaster loan assistance:
- Apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
- Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative.
For Ventura County location, go to Disaster Recovery Center:
Operating out of the parking lot of the
Ventura County Credit Union – 6026 Telephone Road in Ventura
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays – 9am to 4pm
Thursdays, Fridays – 9am to 5pm
Saturdays – 9am to 1pm
Sundays – Closed
For additional information or to find a location in a different county, visit our website at
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance, call SBA at 800-659-2955 or email email@example.com. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.
- Apply by mail: Send completed paper application to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Economic Injury: October 15, 2018
The Salvation Army of Ventura can provide financial assistance to those directly impacted by the Thomas Fire. Financial assistance comes in the form of rental assistance, lodging assistance, utility bills, storage, home repairs.
Eligibility: Must be directly impacted by Thomas Fire and resident of Ventura County.
Location: 650 South Petit Avenue, Ventura, CA 93004
Hours: vary, please call for appointment.
Phone: (805) 659-3598
Documents required: Photo ID, proof of residency, FEMA #, agency referral
Service is available in: English, interpreter services available.
Note: Services available regardless of immigration status
The HELP of Ojai Community Assistance Program serves as a food pantry for Ojai Valley residents and offers diapers, personal hygiene products, new bed linens, clothes, and household items for fire victims. Financial assistance is available on a case by case basis for fire victims.
108 Fox St.
Ojai, CA 93023
Must be an Ojai Valley Resident.
Monday and Friday 8am-12pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am-4pm
Economic Development Collaborative (EDC-VC)
The EDC-VC Small Business Development Center offers no-cost personal business advising services to assist small businesses impacted by the disaster. Services are free of charge and cover financial, accounting, marketing, strategic recovery planning and other post-disaster challenges. Visit http://edc-vc.com/disaster-recovery-services/ for Business Disaster Recovery information.
Women’s Economic Ventures
WEV’s Loan Officer Jaime Marks
805-232-3087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Has had reduced sales due to Thomas Fire
- Has had inventory loss due to Thomas Fire
- Simplified application process
- Up to $10,000 maximum loan amount
- 4% interest rate
- Loan term of up to 18 months
- Interest-only payments available for first 3 months of the loan
- Decision within 24 hours of completed application
- Closing fees waived
Go to WEV’s Business Disaster Recovery resource site at
http://relief.wevonline.org/bizdisasterrecovery for more information about Quick Response Loans, and other valuable community resources.
The 805 UndocuFund is a joint effort of immigrant-serving organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to provide disaster relief to local immigrant families. Many immigrant families were affected including loss of homes and essential belongings with the destruction of farmworker housing and apartments, lost jobs as the houses where they cleaned, gardened, cooked, or cared for children were evacuated or destroyed, and lost wages as the only freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara was severed by mudslides and outdoor air quality was hazardous for outdoor workers like farmworkers, landscapers and day laborers. The 805 Undocufund, based on a successful model after the Tubbs Fire in Northern California, will be overseen by immigrant rights groups including CAUSE, MICOP, and FLA, with funds managed by the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Eligibility: Undocumented immigrants, including mixed-status families, residents of Ventura or Santa Barbara counties who have lost their homes, vehicles, essential possessions, wages, jobs, increased childcare expenses, or other financial hardship due to disasters natural, are eligible for assistance and who are excluded from federal aid programs like FEMA and Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
To contribute to the 805 Undocufund, you can write a check to the Ventura County Community Foundation with “Undocufund” in the memo or go to vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation and write “Undocufund” as the fund name.
Register online at https://805undocufund.org/aplique-aqui-para-asistencia/ and you will be contacted once the fund is available.
Assistance for Mexican Nationals or those with Dual Citizenship
Mexican Consulate in Oxnard offers financial assistance and documentation replacement for Thomas Fire victims who are Mexican Nationals, or those with Dual Citizenship. This assistance is available regardless of immigration status.
Mexican Consulate Address:
3151 West 5th Street, Oxnard, CA 93030
Lists of resources are available at the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office website to help farmers and ranchers who suffered losses in the Thomas Fire. Please visit http://www.ventura.org/ag-commissioner/events-in-ag for information.
STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS
Are you unemployed or had your hours/income reduced as a result of the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Mudslide?
If so, apply for State Unemployment Insurance Benefits here- https://eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov/
If your application is rejected, EDD will automatically review your qualifications and submit a claim for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits which may help those affected by the disasters but who do not qualify for regular state unemployment insurance benefits. So make sure to apply!
More information on Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits can be found here- http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Disaster_Unemployment_Assistance.htm
Eligible applicants may qualify for a waiver of the standard one-week waiting period and may also be eligible to have their benefits backdated to the original date of unemployment caused by the disasters.
EDD Oxnard Location:
2901 Ventura Road 3rd Floor
800-300-5616 for English
800-326-8937 for Spanish
8am – noon
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will have special tax relief for taxpayers impacted by Southern California wildfires, floods, and mudslides that began in December 2017.
Affected taxpayers will be granted an extension to file 2017 California tax returns and make payments until April 30, 2018.
To apply, please visit: How to Claim a State Tax Deduction for your Disaster Loss.
For more information, please visit the Franchise Tax Board
Call 805-385-8585 or visit www.vchsa.org/help to learn more eligibility criteria and potential assistance with rent, moving & storage costs, utilities and other housing services. Calls and emails will be returned. Please include the following in your message: Name, phone number, number of people in your household, address of residence prior to wildfires, description of need for assistance.
Those who are in need of housing information may leave a message for Homeless Services at 805-385-1800. Calls will be returned.
Those who are in need of food assistance, please call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit 211ventura.org.
Community based list of resources- http://www.thomasfirehelp.com/
California HOPE (Helping, Outreach, Possibilities, Empowerment) of Ventura County is a community-based counseling program created to support the community following the Thomas Fire. The team provides specific services aimed at addressing the ongoing behavioral health needs of the community in collaboration with Ventura County Behavioral Health. (Language: English, Spanish)
California HOPE services include:
- Individual and group counseling for survivors, family, and friends.
- Assessment and referrals
- Distribution of educational materials
- Helping disaster victims understand their current situation and reactions
- Reducing stress and providing emotional support
- Assisting survivors in creating a wellness and recovery plan
- Promoting the use or development of coping strategies and personal resilience
- Providing friends and family with education to support those affected
- Connecting survivors to resources
Contact California HOPE by phone number: 805-833-9495 or email email@example.com
Support Group for families affected by Thomas Fire
CLU offers free 8 weeks support group (English only) for families affected by Thomas Fire at CLU Counseling Center – 2200 Outlet Center Drive, Suite 470, Oxnard on Wednesdays at 6pm. Children’s group is also available at the same time
For more information contact Chloe Zessin or Jennifer Bartlett at 805-493-3059
Support Group for families affected by Thomas Fire
Kaiser Permanente is offering a free, drop-in 8 week support group to anyone in the community finding it difficult to cope with feelings of trauma due to the Thomas Fire and mudslides. (Language: English, Spanish)
1000 S. Hill Rd
Ventura, CA 93003
Jewish Family Service offers 6-8 sessions of free trauma counseling to anyone affected by the Thomas Fire at 740 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93003. Call 805-641-6565 for appointment. (Language: English)
Thomas Fire Legal Assistance Hotline: 805-765-9727
This hotline provides people impacted by the Thomas fires with legal assistance in the following matters:
- Landlord-tenant Issues
- Life, medical and property insurance
- Emergency aid applications through FEMA
- Home repair contracts
- Mortgage foreclosure
- Replacement of important legal documents
NEED MORE LEGAL HELP?
Visit the Legal Aid Clinic
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
from 4pm to 7pm (with the final intake at 6:15pm)
Ventura County Law Library
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Special Populations Assistance
County of Ventura, Veteran Services
The CVSO and LA Regional Office are working to expedite PENDING veteran compensation, pension, survivor pension and DIC claims for those displaced by the Thomas Fire.
Individuals should contact the CVSO at 805-477-5155 or 805-477-5480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Society of Ventura County (ASVC)
Autism Society of Ventura County, is offering assistance to people with Autism Spectrum and related disorders forced to flee for safety from recent wildfires and to agencies providing shelter for these individuals.
ASVC is available to replenish supplies for left behind for displaced residents requiring assistance including weighted blankets, communication aide devices, sensory friendly resources, and autism-related items to ease the transition during this difficult time. Residents requiring assistance should contact the ASVC Resource Hotline at 805-437-9856 or the Office at 805-496-1632.
Following agencies offer assistance to families with children:
Child Hope Services (805-419-6182) www.childhopeservices.org
James Storehouse (805-499-7161) www.jamesstorehouse.org
Raising Hope (805-491-5439) www.raisinghope.org
Children’s Services Auxiliary www.csavc.org
Ventura County Foster Parent Association (805-285-3790) www.vcfpa.com
Kids and Families Together (805-654-1446) www.kidsandfamilies.org
Senior Nutrition Program (805-477-7311) http://vcaaa.org/our-services/senior-nutrition-program/
Transportation (805-477-7300) http://vcaaa.org/our-services/transportation/
Volunteer Opportunities and Donations
United Way of Ventura County
United Way Ventura County has been designated by the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services (OES) as the agency responsible for managing Unaffiliated Spontaneous Volunteers through the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC).
An Unaffiliated Spontaneous Volunteer is anyone from the community that wants to volunteer to help and is not already an Affiliated Volunteer trained by programs. It is open to all local residents regardless of skills or physical limitations. Children under 18 are eligible when in the company of their parent or guardian. Groups are encouraged.
For information on Disaster Spontaneous Volunteers opportunities, please visit http://www.volunteerventuracounty.org/
American Red Cross
A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide shelter for someone who has had to leave their home and food and water. Help people affected by the Thomas Fire by donating to the Red Cross, go to http://www.redcross.org/
United Way of Ventura County
Donate to United Way of Ventura County Thomas Fire Fund – Text UWVC to 41444 and 100% of the donations will go directly to those affected by the fires.
Ventura County Community Foundation
Donate to Ventura County Community Disaster Relief Fund at www.vccf.org. They will address the mid- to long-term needs of Ventura County to recover and rebuild.
The 805 UndocuFund is a joint effort of immigrant-serving organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to provide disaster relief to local immigrant families who are excluded from federal aid programs. To donate: rite a check to the Ventura County Community Foundation with “Undocufund” in the memo or go to http://www.vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation and write “Undocufund” as the fund name.
Interface Children & Families Services & 2-1-1 Ventura County
Interface’s 211VC answered the community’s call for help. Will you make sure we are there next time? Text keyword 211VC to 898-211 to make a gift now that will allow Interface to be there during times of disaster and when needed most.
For updated storm information, including evacuation areas, road closures, and shelters. Please visit www.vcemergency.com
- To register for the Ventura County Emergency Notification System that alerts residents about emergencies and other important community news, please visit http://www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert
- For Road Closure information from the CHP, please visit https://cad.chp.ca.gov/traffic.aspx?__EVENTTARGET=ddlComCenter&ddlComCenter=VTCC
- For information on how to prepare for rain and flooding after wildfire, please visit http://venturacountyrecovers.org/category/rain-ready/ or http://venturacountyrecovers.org/preparing-for-rain-after-a-wildfire/
- For information about Landslides after wildfire, please visit https://redcrosscentralcalifornia.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/wildfire-burn-areas-bring-threat-of-landslides/
- For information about Flood Insurance, please visit http://venturacountyrecovers.org/ventura-county-public-works-flood-insurance/