Have you and your family been affected by a wildfire? We're here to help

We hope you and your family are safe from the recent wildfires. We know many members of our SEIU Local 99 family were impacted by this crisis and union members are ready to offer support.

To help direct our efforts and resources to where they are needed most, please let us know what assistance you need by filling out the form on this page. We will track all responses and follow-up with you.

To address some immediate needs, we’ve also gathered the following list of local and government assistance resources. Keep in mind that we will continue to monitor all resources and this list will be continuously updated. Additionally, if you would like to share local resources with other members, please let us know.

We’ve created this web page to provide you with a direct connection to resources and information about recovery and relief assistance. We will continue to work with our labor community and employers to address questions and concerns. Please check back often.

Be assured that your union family is with you during these difficult times. Let us know how we can help.

 

—Emergency Relief & Recovery Assistance

  • Red Cross - Provides emergency food, clothing, shelter, and medical assistance to needyindividuals and families. To contact the Red Cross or find a shelter near you, call 1-800-REDCROSS(733-2767). You can also find the contact for your your local Red Cross chapter here.
  • DisasterAssistance.gov - The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.
  • California Labor Federation - includes union resources for victims of wildfires

—Los Angeles County Information for Affected Residents

—Ventura & Santa Barbara County Information for Affected Residents

  • Ventura County - Updates and resources for residents affected by the Thomas Fire
  • VenturaCountyRecovers.org - This is an official page for the County of Ventura intended to guide residents through the recovery process, regardless of the size of their loss. At this time, there is only preliminary information on the site due to the ongoing fire activity in other parts of Ventura County.  Accurate and meaningful information will be added as quickly as possible.  Notifications through the County's social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, will be made whenever the site is updated. 
  • Tri-Counties Central Labor Council - union resources for victims of wildfires
  • Santa Barbara County - Updates and resources for residents affected by the Thomas Fire
  • LA Times Live Updates on the Thomas Fire

—Housing Assistance/Personal Property

  • State Supplemental Grant Program - Housing assistance such as temporary housing, repair, replacement, and permanent housing construction: http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/dis/PG238.htm
  • Other Grants and Assistance - The grants listed here may be offered when assistance from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program has been maximized. Once maximized, your FEMA application is transferred to this program; there is no separate application process. Contact CA Department of Social Services, State Supplemental Grant Program at 1-800-759-6807 (TTY for hearing and speech impaired: 1-800-822-6268). http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2003/11/11/many-programs-aid-fire-victims
  • The Department of Consumer Affairs produced the California Tenants - A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities. Information contained here can provide consumers with answers to questions about landlord/tenant issues. For a copy of this guide, please visit http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml.
  • Local Assistance Centers - To find a listing of local assistance centers; please visit the Governor's Office of Emergency Services at http://www.caloes.ca.gov/
  • California Department of Mental Health (http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Pages/MentalHealthPrograms-Svcs.aspx) can assist individuals with mental health issues that may arise due to the evacuations. 1-800-896-4042

—Animal Assistance

  • California Veterinary Medical Association's Disaster Response Program is a network of volunteer veterinarians throughout California who donate veterinary care for rescuing, evacuating, treating, and sheltering animals during disasters. This network, the Disaster Response Program, operates in conjunction with local authorities, including the Office of Emergency Services, Animal Control, Red Cross, Department of Food and Agriculture, and local law enforcement. Reach them at 1-800-655-2862. 
  • American Humane Society
  • Humane Society of the United States

—Assistance for Seniors

  • The California Department of Aging toll-free at 1-800-510-2020 (in-state) or log on to www.aging.ca.gov
  • Eldercare Locator: Call 1-800-677-1116 (hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 9 am–8 pm ET) or log on to www.eldercare.gov
  • If you need a lawyer but have limited resources, contact the Senior Legal Hotline toll-free at 1-800- 222-1753-state) or 916-551-2140 or log on to www.seniorlegalhotline.org

Price Gouging

If you suspect price gouging, contact the California Attorney General's Office at 1-800-952-5225.