Thomas Fire & Montecito Mudslide Resources For Recovery
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Thomas Fire Long Term Recovery Group Case Management
Was your housing or income affected by the Thomas fire or Montecito mudslide? Fill out this application for assistance if you are still struggling with housing or financially due to losses caused by the Thomas Fire or Montecito mudslide. A case manager from one of the Long Term Recovery Group Partners will contact you to get you connected to the assistance you qualify for after submitting your application.
The United Way of Ventura County will continue accepting applications (Phase III) from individuals experiencing hardship as a direct result of the Thomas Fire. Priority will be given to those who have not yet applied for or received assistance through the United Way’s Thomas Fire Relief Fund. Application deadline is August 31, 2018.
English and Spanish applications available at http://vcunitedway.org/thomas-fire-and-flood/
After completing the application and assembling all required documentation, submit your application to: ThomasFireApplication@vcunitedway.org.
Process 1 – United Way Thomas Fire Relief Fund Phase III: For those that lost their home or sustained major damage due to the Thomas Fire
UWVC is issuing $1500 to residents that have been verified to have lost their house or sustained major damage due to the Thomas Fire. There are no income caps on this wave of assistance. United Way received a list of qualified applicants that were verified by FEMA or Red Cross to have lost a home or had major damage. United Way has already mailed out checks to those on the list with updated current addresses. Those without an updated current address have not had a check mailed out. 2-1-1 will be contacting them to get a current address.
All residents on the list will also be contacted and provided further information and assessed for current needs. If you have lost a house or sustained major damage and want to be sure that 2-1-1 contacts you, you can complete the application linked above. A case manager will review your application and contact you to discuss the assistance available.
Process 2 – Long Term Recovery Group Assistance: For those that did not lose their home or sustain major damage due to the Thomas Fire
If you sustained other losses directly related to the Thomas Fire and currently have needs for housing, mental health, financial/business planning, etc. complete the Thomas Fire Long Term Recovery application. Once submitted, a case manager will contact you, discuss the process, verify losses, and connect you to available assistance.
Habitat Home Repair Program – Thomas Fire
Habitat for Humanity’s Home Repair Program promotes dignity and independence for homeowners by addressing critical health and safety needs within their homes. If you have been impacted by the fire and might need repair or rebuild help, Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County would like to hear from you to see whether they can help.
Please note, this is not an application for housing. The information you provide will enable Habitat for Humanity to determine your eligibility for repair and rebuilding assistance.
Minimum Qualifications include:
- Applicant must own their property
- Gross household income should not exceed 120% of the Area Median Income limits for Ventura County
Number of Persons in Household
To send Habitat for Humanity your information and receive updates about rebuild programs when they develop, please fill out this questionnaire. To apply for Repair and Rebuild assistance, fill out a Habitat Home Repair Application and submit it to:
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County
Attn: Habitat Home Repair Program
1850 Eastman Ave
Oxnard, CA 93030
The REALTORS Disaster Relief Program provides disaster victims of the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Disaster Flow with up to one-month mortgage or rental assistance payments or $3,000 (whichever is lower).
Type of assistance available:
1. Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow or;
2. Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow. Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $3,000 per applicant per household.
Please Note: This assistance is for housing relief only; other expenses including second mortgages, vehicle purchase, rental, repair and or mileage are ineligible for reimbursement under this program.
Eligibility: Recipient must be 1) a residential homeowner or renter AND 2) a full-type resident and U.S. citizen or legally admitted for residence in the United States.
- Proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or other government documentation showing residency)
- Copy of mortgage statement OR copy of rental agreement
- ONE of the following: photos of damages, insurance estimate, copies of written claims, settlement proceeds, or claim status report, copies of repair estimates from contractors.
Granting method: Grants will be provided on a first come, first serve basis while funds are available. Deadline for application submission is August 31, 2018. Grants will be jointly payable to applicant and mortgage lender or landlord.
Source of funds: Funds were provided by the Realtors’ Relief Foundation, an arm of the National Association of REALTORS, and the California Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Fund.
For more information: http://www.vcrealtors.com/community-info/thomas-fire.html
To download an application: http://www.vcrealtors.com/images/PDF/disaster_relief_application_final_complete.pdf
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com
- 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.
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
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
California HOPE is also in the process of organizing a once a month, dinner support group as well as community events for survivors. Please call for more information.
Contact California HOPE by phone number: 805-833-9495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling for Families and Individuals Impacted by Thomas Fire
CLU offers individual and family counseling services on a sliding scale basis and will take special consideration for those impacted by the Thomas Fire. The CLU Oxnard Clinic (2200 Outlet Center Drive, Suite #470 Oxnard, CA 93030) is currently under construction until August 27th, 2018. CLU is still conducting assessments over the phone for those interested in counseling and will resume services once the clinic re-opens.
For more information and to schedule a phone intake assessment, contact CLU at 805-493-3059
Jewish Family Service offers 6-8 sessions of free trauma counseling to anyone affected by the Thomas Fire. Counseling sessions can be held for an individual, a couple, or family. Sessions are held at their Ventura office located at 740 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93003.
In addition, anyone affected who has an interest in group counseling can also call the office. JFS is currently trying to gauge interest in group counseling.
Call 805-641-6565 for more information and to make an appointment. (Language: English)
The Disaster Distress Line provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Covers topics such as stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms related to a disaster.
Call 1-800-985-5990 (English and Spanish) or text TalkWithUs (Hablanos for Spanish) to 66746 to connect with a counselor. Available 24/7.
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
Free Legal Clinic
Jewish Family Service offers a free legal clinic to those affected by the Thomas Fire. The legal clinic is held on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.
Legal services are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Those wanting to take advantage of the legal services are recommended to arrive between 6:00pm and 6:15pm to fill out paper work before the attorney arrives.
The Jewish Family Service legal clinic is run by local attorneys working on a volunteer basis. Attorneys meet with clients individually, go over paper work, and give advice and referrals when available. The attorney will not represent individuals in court, or create an attorney client relationship with clients.
Jewish Family Services also provides referrals for other low-cost legal services throughout the county.
The legal clinic is offered at the JFS Ventura Office located at 740 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93003.
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 email@example.com
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.
The 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.