Disaster Recovery in Lake County
****UPDATE December 20, 2018****The Distribution Center in Lake County is now CLOSED.
NCO is committed to supporting the needs of fire survivors from the devastating Lake County wildfires of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Since 2015, NCO has been collecting donations to assist fire survivors following the aftermath of each fire. NCO has then in turn provided resources, grants and services to fire survivors. NCO disburses those funds to fire survivors through an application process. Currently, NCO is administering assistance through our disaster case management process, providing support and technical asssitance to fire survivors through the rebuilding process, and utlizing AmeriCorps VISTA service members to assist with rebuilds.
Click the Paypal button below to donate to the 2018 Wildfire Relief Fund. All major credit cards are accepted. You may also mail or drop-off a donation to our main office at 413 North State Street, Ukiah CA, 95482. Learn more about the Wildfire Relief Fund here.
Disaster Case Management
As a Team Lake County (TLC) partner and in collaboration with other community partners, NCO connects survivors to resources through disaster case management. Through the disaster case management process, many diverse needs are identified. Disaster case managers work with clients to address those needs and connect the client to available resources.
Disaster Case Managers can help with developing a recovery plan that can include help with utility payments, rent, linkage with grants, loans and funding to complete a rebuild or move in plan. If you are someone who has lost a home in Lake County, consider contacting a case manager today.
- Fire Survivors may contact (707) 994-2910 or firstname.lastname@example.org to connect directly with a disaster case manager
Available Funding for Lake County fire survivors
Disaster Case Managers can help their clients access grants, loans and funding to help with a long term recovery plan. Some of the funds that a survivor may be able to access include (but are not limited to):
- Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) grant
- CalHome Loans (see Hammers For Hope section below)
- Small Business Administration Loans
- Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) funding
To apply for help with your rebuild, contact a Disaster Case Manager at the numbers above today. Download the intake form here.
NCO is currently sponsoring an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team in partnership with the Corporation for National Service to assist with rebuilding efforts. AmeriCorps NCCC is a program that engages young adults aged 18 - 24 in team-based national and community service in the United States. An NCCC teams consists of 8-14 young adults who complete six-eight week long projects during a 10-month term of service. The NCCC team works under the guidance and direction of one of Team Lake County’s (TLC) partnering organizations, Hope City, to construct homes for fire survivors. Learn more about Hope City by clicking here.
NCO has received a grant that allows our organization to host AmeriCorps VISTA Service Members for a year-long term of service. These VISTA Service Members are working to build capacity and long-term sustainability in a variety of NCO programs. Their capacity-building work focuses on developing greater access to housing, health, and food, for local low-income residents.
Hammers For Hope
Hammers for Hope is a local non-profit that has received a Housing and Community Development (HCD) CalHome Loan Program. These will be owner-occupied loans for homes destroyed by the Lake County wildfires. NCO has been deeply involved with relief efforts since day one, and remains committed to helping individuals and families recover from the devastating and ongoing effects of the wildfire season. NCO is the program operator, and is working in partnership with Team Lake County case managers, who will handle the applications. Hope City and Mennonite Disaster Services are working together as two of the volunteer home builders, and as part of the program, assistance is available to help those who are using a private contractor with the bidding process, permitting, and so on.
Survivors can also use CalHome loan money to purchase a modular home.
YOU ARE ELIGIBLE IF:
- You were a full-time resident of your home before the fires.
- Your property taxes are paid and current.
- You maintain property insurance, as appropriate.
- After rehab, the value of your home will not exceed 100% of the median purchase price in Lake County, which is currently $248,470.
- You owned a home that was destroyed by Lake County fires, or rented a home that was destroyed and now own or could purchase property for construction of a new home.
- You meet the income requirements:
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GET STARTED TODAY!
To learn more about this program, visit the Hammers for Hope website or call Jon Kennedy at (707) 489-4647 or email info @hammersforhope.org