Oct 7, 2017

Getting assistance after the wildfires

In response to the Napa Fire Complex, Napa Valley Community Foundation activated the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. To be eligible for cash assistance from the Fund, residents will be asked to demonstrate that they have first applied for government disaster aid, if they are qualified to do so.  Please click here for downloadable information in English and Spanish.

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, you can make an appointment by contacting:

On the Move (which includes McPherson and Philips neighborhood family resource centers), 707.251-9432 or UpValley Family Centers at 707.942.6206.

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.

At Napa Valley Community Foundation, we are urging all local residents who have lost property or income due to the October wildfires to seek government assistance while it is still available.


Individuals who lost homes or personal property have until December 11, 2017 to apply for government disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA also provides loans to small businesses.

Napa Valley Community Foundation 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. The first workshop is Thursday, December 14th from 6-8 pm at Health and Human Services Agency.


Individuals who lost wages have until December 18, 2017 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance through California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Those looking for assistance may visit www.edd.ca.gov to learn more, or call (800) 300-5616 for English or (800) 326-8937 for Spanish. Residents who qualify are asked to apply before being considered for additional financial assistance from Napa Valley Community Foundation through On the Move.






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