This list of resources is intended to help our community members impacted by the CZU August Lightning Complex Wildfires with the recovery process, a long road which extends all the way through repairing or rebuilding and ultimately to finding a “new normal.” It’s hard work, but you don’t have to go through it alone.
Bringing Support to CZU Fire Survivors
Are you finding you need assistance in recovering from the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire? To get started, email CZUFireHelp@gmail.com to be connected with a disaster case manager. Please provide your name, disaster-impacted address and best way to reach you.
Three local organizations: Catholic Charities, Community Bridges: Mountain Community Resources and Davenport Resource Center are collaboratively working with other organizations within our community by helping disaster survivors and their families return to safe, sanitary, and secure housing by connecting survivors to available community financial resources, identifying household needs and program eligibility, assisting with advocacy and appeals, creating attainable recovery plans for disaster recovery and arranging construction resources and repair for property damaged by this natural disaster.
Community Wellness and Emotional Support
CalHope provides crisis counseling and resources, 833-317-4673.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides advice on managing stress.
Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 trained crisis counseling to support people experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5590, Press “2” for Spanish, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Give an Hour Helps provide hope to those suffering the effects of a natural disaster and is offering free online sessions for fire survivors led by a mental health professional through the month of June. You can sign up for a time here.
National Domestic Violence Hotline, Essential tools and support for survivors of domestic violence, 24/7/365, Call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
Nation’s Finest provides free referral support, group support, and one-on-one crisis intervation. Peer workshop appoinments are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 650-431-3209.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress. Prevention and crisis resources, 1-800-273-8255 (English) 1-888-628-9454 (Espanol), For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255
Teen Line, Teen hotline for youth to talk about their struggles with another teen, staffed by trained teens and supervised by mental health professionals, Text ‘TEEN’ to 839-863.
Veterans Crisis Line 24/7 confidential support for veterans or those concerned about a veteran.
Family Resource Centers
For assistance with food, basic essential items, and emergency financial/rental/rehousing support contact a local family resource center:
Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey 831-920-4764
Community Action Board (Davenport Resource Service Center) 831-425-8115
Community Bridges Mountain Community Resources 831-335-6600
Valley Churches United 831-336-8258
Food / Meal Delivery for Older Adults
Please see the monthly flyer linked at the bottom of this resource list for further information about north county food distribution locations.
Teen Kitchen Project Free or low-cost meals for those with serious illness, 831-316-4540
Grey Bears Low Cost or Free Grocery Delivery program
Great Plates County-run program providing 3 meals a day to qualified individuals, 831-454-4406
Meals on Wheels Healthy meal delivery for older adults, 831-464-3180 ext. 100
California Disaster Help and Information Center provides information and resources regarding public assistance and services available to individuals and families impacted by California wildfires and other natural disasters or emergencies.
Disaster Loan Assistance Small Business Association’s low-interest loans for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners and renters to replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property.
Fannie Mae’s Disaster Response Network 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. You can qualify for housing counseling whether Fannie Mae owns your mortgage or not, 866-864-8989.
Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Californians English / Spanish provides detailed information about the types of federal, state and local disaster assistance services available in California. There are no costs to apply for these programs.
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 email@example.com.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides payment assistance for gas and electric, wood and propane costs and free home weatherization services for eligible low-income households in Monterey, Santa Cruz, & San Mateo Counties.
Santa Cruz County Recovery Resource Center aids those impacted by the recent wildfires and helps them navigate the recovery, permitting, and rebuild process.
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.
California Department of Insurance provides assistance on insurance issues if you are experiencing difficulty with processing your claim or have an underinsurance issue, 1-800-927-4357.
United Policyholders (UP) is a nonprofit organization that has been helping and advocating for insurance consumers since 1991. Through a Roadmap to Recovery program, UP provides FREE guidance on collecting available insurance benefits, making decisions, and getting back home after a catastrophic loss. Contact UP for further support at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up here to get event notifications.
Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative (DLAC) offers a wide variety of legal assistance for disaster survivors, including FEMA benefits, insurance claims, landlord- tenant and homeowner issues, employment questions, and consumer issues.
Disaster Legal Services may provide free legal help to low-income disaster survivors. DLS can help with insurance claims, legal papers lost in the disaster, home repair contracts and contractors, problems with landlords, proof of homeownership, and FEMA appeals, 1-800-624-33-62 TTY 1-800-462-7585.
F.I.R.E: Fire Impact Recovery Effort: Santa Cruz County Workforce Development and the Santa Cruz County Parks Department are actively hiring. Eligible Participants are individuals temporarily or permanently laid off because of the disaster, unemployed for more than 15+ weeks, or self-employed individuals unemployed or underemployed because of the disaster. For inquiries contact: email@example.com
Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County offers post-fire free webinars and on-site assistance which include on-site technical and planning help to assess post-fire land conditions and recommend appropriate actions related to natural resources.
Santa Cruz SBDC free business advising assistance services.
The Resource Conservation District offers chipping servicesto landowners who clear 100 feet of defensible space around their homes and private roads, as recommended by CalFire, to improve fire safety. Sign ups open May 1 and is first come, first served. Chipping takes place annually May-July and will be scheduled by neighborhood. Fill out the Contact Us form at rcdsantacruz.org/fire
Please click on the link above to access a printable PDF of select CZU Fire Resources for the current month.
These resources have been verified by the Santa Cruz County Long Term Recovery Group (SC LTRG), but their viability will be based on resource availability. This is a living document that will continue to be updated and maintained by 211 Santa Cruz County.
The Santa Cruz County Long Term Recovery Group (SC LTRG) is a collaboration of non-profit, faith based, local, state, and national organizations that work together to share information and resources that can help address the needs of individuals and families affected by the CZU Wildfires. More information about the Santa Cruz County Long Term Recovery Group can be found HERE