Oct 6, 2019

Getting assistance after the wildfires

Help is still available for Napa County residents who suffered losses as a result of the October 2017 Napa Fire Complex.

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 disaster relief programs are conducted in partnership with carefully-vetted nonprofit organizations.

For an update on activities of the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund from October 10, 2017 to-date, read our press release of October 8, 2019.

Napa Valley Community Foundation also supports Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (Napa Valley COAD), a cross-sector collaboration of nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based organizations and the private sector, whose mission is to develop and enhance partnerships for communication, coordination & collaboration before, during and after a disaster.

1. Cash Grants

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. Cash grants may be used to make repairs, rebuild, replace contents or purchase a replacement home. Napa Valley Community Foundation is partnering with E4E Relief, a nonprofit solely focused on the administration of emergency relief payments, to manage the application process, assess eligibility and issue payments to approved grant recipients.

Eligibility: Renters or homeowners whose primary residence in Napa County was damaged or destroyed in the 2017 Napa Fire Complex and whose household Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is at or below 300% of Area Median Income based on household size.

Apply: Full eligibility criteria, including maximum award amounts, income guidelines and how to apply can be found here. Assistance is available in English or Spanish.

2. Insurance Claims

Napa Valley Community Foundation also is funding 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 Foundation and UP will be hosting a free webinar on navigating insurance claims, as well as a pro-bono legal clinic, on October 18.  The webinar will be held at 11:00 a.m.  and the legal appointments will take place from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Eligibility: Anyone in Napa County who needs assistance navigating wildfire-related insurance claims.

Register: Click here to register for the webinar and email info@uphelp.org to sign up for one-on-one legal appointments. Please note that space is limited and legal appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you don’t have a computer and internet access, you can participate in the webinar at the Foundation’s offices at 3299 Claremont Way, Suite 2 in Napa.

Download a flyer here.

Note: If you suffered a loss resulting from the 2017 Northern California fires, you may be eligible for compensation.  The deadline to file fire-related injury or loss claims in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Chapter 11 cases is October 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (Prevailing Pacific Time). Click here to download flyers in English and Spanish, or visit: www.PGEWildfireInfo.com.

3. Mental Health Resources & Case Management

Eligibility: Anyone who lives or works in Napa County and needs support related to the 2017 Napa Fire Complex.

Mentis provides bilingual professional mental health services to people up and down the county of every age, stage and income level. If you would like more information on mental health therapy related to fire recovery, please contact Mentis’ Intake Coordinator, Grace Ramirez, at 707.255.0966 x132 or visit Mentis’ website.

On the Move provides bilingual guidance, support, and resources at various sites in Napa. For fire recovery assistance and resource and referral in Napa, contact Yessica Toral at 707.363.8390 or yessica@napafirerecoverycenter.org.

UpValley Family Centers of Napa County provides bilingual guidance, support, and resources in St. Helena and Calistoga. For fire recovery assistance and resource and referral up Valley, contact Susana Garcia-Sanchez at 707.965.5010 or sgarcia@upvalleyfamilycenters.org.


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.



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