Jul 7, 2017

Getting assistance after the wildfires

If you or your family need 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.

REPAIRING OR REBUILDING HOMES AND REPLACING CONTENTS

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.

 

OTHER ASSISTANCE

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

Aldea

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

Mentis

NEWS

Ole Health

On the Move

ParentsCAN

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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