Fire Relief Resources

Fire Relief Resources

(compiled from a number of sources)

Here is a list of Catholic Charities Services and contacts for the parishes.

• Fire Recovery Services including benefit enrollment and more – Cynthia King- 707-867-8004

• Parish Connections for parishes seeking info or to get more involved in Catholic Charities – Margie Pettibone - (707) 528-8712 x 161

• Immigration and Citizenship – Isabel Ladd (707) 528-8712 x 128

• Food, Financial Counseling, Benefit Enrollment, Referrals – Valerie Winkler (707) 528-8712 x 152

• Alzheimer’s support, Senior check in calls, senior transportation – Michele Osmon (707) 528-8712 x 185

• Homeless Outreach Street Team to reach out to people experiencing homelessness - 855-707-4678

• Coordinated Intake for all people seeking shelter and housing services – 866-542-5480

• Napa Programs including shelter and housing – Cynthia Rebullida- 707-800-2636

• Lake County Programs including disaster relief and food – Melissa Reece- 707-483-4964

• ReStyle Marketplace for thrift store shopping and donations - (707) 284-1700

• Administration for Executive Director, HR, Accounting, Board of Directors – Alan Kelly (707) 528-8712 x103

SVdeP Society:

Disaster-related Rental Assistance may be available through St. Vincent De Paul Sonoma County Disaster Services. They can provide one-time rental assistance for uninsured renters who will lose their housing because of an inability to pay their November rent due to circumstances related to the fire. Local SVdeP representatives have a rental assistance intake form for record keeping.

Applicants will need two forms of verification:

1.      Proof that the applicant will not get paid because of the fires,

2.      Copy of a bank statement (through September 30) to verify their income.

SVdeP is also offering a 'House in A Box' for people who do find housing and have no means to acquire necessary furnishings. This includes brand new furniture, including living room, kitchen and bedroom, bed & bath linens, dishware, cookware, and clothing, scaled to family size. The application for this program has also been sent to SVdeP leadership.

Until SVdeP Society gets a better understanding of their financial capacity and demand for services, applicants for either program should have an income below the 60% AMI level to be eligible. (Please refer to the income limits for affordable housing on the CDC's website: SVdeP will retain everyone's information, however, and evaluate if there is additional capacity to expand to families with higher incomes.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers (called Vincentians) have been the cornerstone of the Society since it was founded. Individual assistance from volunteers in the community can help assess your needs and offer help or connect you with resources for food, household goods and other valuable services to help those in need. To be matched up with a volunteer in your community contact the District Council of Sonoma County office at 707.584.1579 for a referral.

A very important update from Michael Weston, Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Outreach Programs, California Department of Social Services

I am reaching out to you to offer information regarding public services and assistance for individuals and families affected by the wildfires in northern California. The weblinks to the guides below are in English and Spanish and provide detailed information about the types of federal, state and local disaster assistance services available in California.

Although some of the resources are restricted to individuals or households with lawful immigration status, there are many services available to all Californians impacted by the wildfires.

One of the most pressing issues is a looming deadline to apply for Disaster CalFresh (food stamps) this benefit is available to all qualifying families, however the deadline to apply is Wednesday November 1, 2017.

Our hope is that as a trusted source of information you could leverage your close connections with the community to encourage those in need to take full advantage of the program available to them.  A message to congregations during weekend services would be extremely helpful in this effort.

Disaster Calfresh Food Benefits Available to California Fire Victims

Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Californians

Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians

Guía de Servicios de Asistencia por Desastres para Californianos Inmigrantes

If you have any questions or would like to discuss additional outreach resources or programs please let me know.

Michael Weston Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Outreach Programs, California Department of Social Services (916) 657-2268

State Bar Legal Resources for Fire Victims

A coalition of private and public legal organizations have created a hotline in an effort to provide legal aide to fire victims across the state. The hotline number is 415-575-3120. Callers can also leave a message. Spanish and Chinese language attorneys will be on the hotline too. The attorneys on the hotline will be able to guide victims through a variety of legal issues with a focus on the following
[-Landlord tenant legal issues -Life, medical and property insurance issues -Emergency aid applications (FEMA) -Home repair contracts -Mortgage foreclosure issues -Replacement of wills and other important legal documents]
Additional legal resources related to disasters can be found on the State Bar’s website.

In addition to the State Bar-run hotline, there are two others for Napa and Sonoma counties. The Bay Area Legal Aid’s Legal Advice Hotline, 1-800-551-5554, is the number for Napa County residents. Additionally, The Healthcare Consumer Center’s line, 1-855-693-7285, has been set up to aid Sonoma and Napa county residents with medical insurance coverage issues, prescription coverage issues and for those who have relocated out of state.

The groups involved in the hotline’s creation include: Bay Area Resilience Collaborative or BARC (Bar Association of San Francisco, SF-Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service and the Justice & Diversity Center; Alameda County Bar Association and the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation; State Bar of California, Bay Area Legal Aid; and Pro Bono Net), the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC).
Jonah Lamb Public Information Officer, Office of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, The State Bar of California | 180 Howard Street | San Francisco, CA 94105 Tel: 415-538-2521 | Email: