Disaster Recovery in Lake County
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 Donate button on the right to donate to the NCO Disaster 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 Disaster Case Manager Valerie Cox at (707) 306-6767 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- 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.
2020: Homes continue to be rebuilt in Lake County through our Partnership with Hammers For Hope
From 2017-2019, NCO collaborated with Hammers for Hope, a local non-profit that received a Housing and Community Development (HCD) CalHome Loan Program. These loans were 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 wildfires. NCO is no longer accepting applciations for Lake County CalHome Loans, but, we continue to work in partnership to rebuild homes that were approved during this period.