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.
United Methodist Committee on Relief – UMCOR 805 is offering free case management services to assist Thomas Fire affected households to plan for and achieve recovery goals. Services include assessment and verification of need, recovery planning, advocacy, and connecting clients with community support. Please call for appointment.
Eligibility: Individuals who have been directly affected by Thomas Fire and are unable to meet their housing, personal property or other needs.
Documents required: Photo ID, proof of residency
Phone: 805-850-3969 (English) or 805-850-3961 (Spanish)
Note: Services available regardless of immigration status
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
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 limited diapers, personal hygiene products, clothes, and household items for fire victims. Rental assistance may be available for Ojai residents who lost their primary residence in the Thomas Fire.
108 Fox St.
Ojai, CA 93023
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Ojai, Oak View, Upper Ojai or Casitas Springs.
Phone: 805-640-3320 (Call for appointment)
Note: Services available regardless of immigration status
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
Contact California HOPE by phone number: 805-833-9495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 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.
Free Summer Camp for children
Salvation Army is offering free 6-days summer camp for children affected by Thomas Fire in the heart of Malibu Canyon. Please contact Laura at 805-659-3598 between 8am-4pm Monday-Friday to sign-up. Limited spots available.
Date: June 25, 2018-June 30, 2018 or July 2, 2018-July 7, 2018.
Eligibility: Children 8 to 12 years old who are affected by Thomas Fire.
Document required: Must provide FEMA or Red Cross documentation of being affected by Thomas Fire.
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.