Some ways to get help in Sonoma County after the Kincade fire
Almost 200,000 Sonoma County residents were forced to evacuate during the Kincade fire, unsure of what would happen to their homes as the blaze grew.
Now that mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, many displaced residents are in need of assistance. Some have gone weeks without a paycheck, while others may not be able to afford replacing the spoiled food in their refrigerators.
If you or someone you know has been affected by the Kincade fire and is in need of financial support, a place to shower or fresh food to cook, here's a list of the organizations and fundraisers that could help.
Financial Assistance and Shelters
Russian River Alliance
Russian River Alliance is part of an ongoing workforce fund that started as a homeless prevention effort. In the wake of the February 2019 floods, the fund began accommodating residents recovering from disasters.
Organizer Jennifer Wertz notes that workers were displaced just as rents were due on the first of the month. Grants of up to $300 may be available beginning Monday, Nov. 4, to qualified applicants, who must work at least 20 hours a week.
Russian River Alliance’s emergency cash grants help cover lost wages and evacuation costs for people who live and work in the area between Forestville and Cazadero, including Occidental, and earn $15 an hour or less.
You can contact Wertz at 707-483-7038 or email the alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The UndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County, managed by Graton Day Labor Center, North Bay Organizing Project and North Bay Jobs with Justice, is providing direct funding for fire-related expenses to undocumented immigrants and their families in Sonoma County.
You can apply for assistance through this fund here.
United Way of Wine Country
United Way of the Wine Country has opened the Kincade Fire and Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund. It will make grants to local nonprofits versus providing direct relief checks to individuals. It will be assessing the scope of the fire and its impact on the community as containment grows and it is able to survey needs and damages.
Please email email@example.com with questions or for more information.
Latino Community Foundation
The Latino Community Foundation has reactivated its NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund in response to the Kincade fire. The fund supports nonprofits that include Corazon Healdsburg, North Bay Organizing Project and Nuestra Comunidad, which are providing essential services to Latino immigrants and farmworkers impacted by the fire.
For more information about shelters, supportive services and the local nonprofits that organize them, you can contact the Latino Community Foundation at 415-236-4020 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.North Coast Energy Services The nonprofit at 1100 Coddingtown Center, suite 1, is providing those who were evacuated or lost their homes during the fire with up to five days at a motel. The organization also is offering assistance with PG&E bills. For more information, visit North Coast Energy Services website or call 707-495-4417.
Food Distribution and Other Services
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross and its trained caseworkers can assist evacuees and those in need of aid at the Local Assistance Center (LAC). There, people can learn about recovery information, get medication and eyeglass replacements and referrals to other agencies. It can also assist with financials for those who sustained damage to their home. Bring proof of pre-disaster address, such as a utility bill.