Oct 7, 2017

Getting assistance after the wildfires

If you or your family need financial assistance because of the fires, and/or resource and referral to other relief services, like mental health counseling, housing and legal assistance and more, please read the below information.

All services are free of charge and confidential, and available regardless of the immigration status, age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion of those who need support.

All services are available in English and Spanish.


The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is providing cash grants to assist eligible homeowners and renters whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the October wildfires with repairing homes, rebuilding homes and replacing contents.

Renters, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the October wildfires, will be eligible to receive up to $7,500 to assist with the repair or replacement of “essential contents,” and up to $5,000 for car repairs/replacement. Total grant amount not to exceed $12,500.

Homeowners, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the October wildfires, will be eligible to receive up to a total of $35,000 in assistance, but no more than $7,500 for “essential contents,” and up to $5,000 for car repairs/replacements. Total grant amount not to exceed $35,000. Expenses may be eligible for reimbursement.

For more information, full eligibility criteria and to apply, click here.

In order to receive assistance from the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, the applicant requesting assistance must meet the following parameters:

  • He/She is requesting assistance for his/her primary residence
  • His/Her primary residence is in Napa County, CA
  • The household Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must be at or below 300% of the Area Median Income for his/her household size (see table under “Program Eligibility” here)
  • He/She must provide sufficient documentation to demonstrate that he/she has incurred or will incur expenses associated with the wildfires, including home repairs (such as “soft costs” like architectural or engineering fees, or permitting fees; and “hard costs” like the cost of construction), content repairs/replacement, vehicle repair/replacements. Please note that replacement of work equipment and supplies is not an eligible expense for this program.

Napa Valley Community Foundation also is supporting United Policyholders (UP), a nonprofit insurance consumer advocacy group with extensive disaster-related experience, to provide workshops and individualized assistance at no-cost to Napa County homeowners or renters whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the fires. Resources and individual assistance can be found on UP’s website, as well as dates for and information on upcoming workshops in Napa County.


The Napa Fire Recovery Center is offering re-housing services for those who were made homeless as a result of the October wildfires, predominantly uninsured renters; and providing financial assistance to people who may not have lost their homes, but have nonetheless encountered economic hardship because of the temporary slow-down of the viticulture and hospitality economy in the region.  Re-housing services and financial assistance are available to individuals who live or work in Napa County; earn up to 120 percent of Area Median Income; and have not received sufficient support from private insurance, government aid programs or other sources.   To qualify for help, people will be asked to provide documents to substantiate their fire-related losses, such as proof of residency at a home or apartment that appears on the county’s list of red-tagged properties.

The Napa Fire Recovery Center is located at 3299 Claremont Way, Suite 8, in Napa.  The Center is staffed by four nonprofit organizations with expertise in re-housing, case management and individual assistance programs.  Abode Services, Mentis and On the Move (which includes McPherson and Philips neighborhood family resource centers), are housed in the Claremont Way location, and UpValley Family Centers  (707.942.6206) is operating a satellite branch of the Center at its established sites in Calistoga and St. Helena.  The four agencies also partner with many other programs for resource and referral to other assistance.  Fire survivors in need of assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling (707) 363-8390, or by sending an email to info@napaefa.org.  The Napa Fire Recovery Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and will operate until June 30, 2018.

The nonprofits staffing the Center will coordinate their financial assistance programs with other charitable groups in the Valley involved in distributing cash aid to fire survivors, to ensure equity and avoid duplication of benefits.

Click here to download information in English or Spanish about the Fire Recovery Center.

About Area Median Income

In the first hours and days following a disaster, everyone who needs charitable assistance deserves to receive it, regardless of their level of income or wealth.  That’s why emergency shelters take care of evacuees from wealthy neighborhoods and low-income neighborhoods alike.  However, as time passes and days turn into weeks, IRS rules require charities like NVCF to assess the financial resources survivors may have at their disposal to assist in their own recovery – such as private insurance, savings or access to government disaster aid dollars.  For this reason, and because NVCF believes strongly in the equitable distribution of disaster aid resources, eligibility for cash aid and re-housing programs from the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is currently capped at 120 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).  Please see page 9 of the document available for download here to learn more about AMI for families of different sizes in Napa County.


Assistance is now available to small businesses in Napa County that applied for a disaster loan from the SBA because of the October wildfires, but were declined, or were not eligible to apply. Grants of $2,500 to $20,000 will be awarded to approved applicants for economic injury or physical losses stemming from the Napa wildfires in October 2017.  These grants are intended to help small businesses impacted by the October wildfires get back up and running; replace lost inventory, furniture, fixtures and equipment; and meet short-term obligations like payroll or rent. The program is a partnership between the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Working Solutions. This program will run April 18 to June 18, 2018. To learn more about eligibility and for instructions on how to apply for this assistance, download complete information here in English or Spanish.



Please visit these nonprofits’ websites below for information about specific relief and recovery services available and updates:


Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)

Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)

Community Action Napa Valley (CANV)

Cope Family Center

Fair Housing Napa Valley (FHNV)

Humane Society of Napa County



Ole Health

On the Move


Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center

Salvation Army

UpValley Family Centers of Napa County


About the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund

The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is managed by Napa Valley Community Foundation and was established with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake.  After all phases of quake-related relief, recovery and rebuilding programs concluded in 2016, the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund had a balance of approximately $2.5 million, which was the starting point for current relief and recovery efforts for the Napa Fire Complex.  Since the Fund was re-activated on October 10, 2017, nearly $14 million has been contributed by 20,000 individual, corporate and foundation donors in California, the US and abroad.  Growers and vintners in Napa Valley have contributed significantly to assist those affected by the October wildfires, and their generosity has inspired their many friends, customers and partners to get involved, as well.  Thus far, $4 million has been distributed from the Fund to provide 15,000 fire survivors with services and nearly 1,900 households with direct cash assistance.  The most recent grant approved by the Fund, of up to $3 million, will support the Napa Fire Recovery Center and its clients.



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