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Some ways to get help in Sonoma County after the Kincade fire

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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 russianriveralliance@gmail.com for more information.

UndocuFund

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 uwwc.general@unitedwaywinecountry.org 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 info@latinocf.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.

For more information, visit the LAC at the Healdsburg Community Center through Wednesday, Nov. 6, or call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa provides assistance to those in need in the form of housing, financial support and emergency relief.

To apply for assistance, visit their website.

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

The Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County created the Disaster Relief Housing Assistance Fund (DRHA) in response to the October 2017 North Bay wildfires.This fund provides rental and deposit assistance to those immediately affected by wildfires in Sonoma County.

For more information, go to their website.

Rebuilding Our Community (ROC) Sonoma County

The Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County also hosts Rebuilding Our Community, an organization where fire survivors can access resources and get linked into the disaster case management system for long-term recovery assistance.

For more information, visit their website or stop in at their office at 141 Stony Circle, Suite 204, in Santa Rosa for more information on their services.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank

The Redwood Empire Food Bank has deployed its emergency response program, Station 3990. These distributions are open to anyone in need of food. You can find food distribution sites here.

If you wish to donate food, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is currently accepting food donations at their main facility at 3990 Brickway Blvd. in Santa Rosa. They also have donation sites throughout Sonoma County, listed here.

Sonoma Family Meal

Founded by Sonoma Media Investments dining editor Heather Irwin, Sonoma Family Meal has served more than 200,000 meals to fire survivors since 2017. The nonprofit is also an emergency disaster response kitchen and is now serving Kincade fire victims and evacuees.

If you or anyone you know is in need of ongoing meal assistance following the Kincade fire, you can fill out an application here.

Jewish Community Free Clinic

The Jewish Community Free Clinic in Santa Rosa offers completely free medical and mental health services at their facility on Montgomery Drive across the street from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. There are no eligibility requirements.

Visit the clinic’s website for more information about services.

COTS

COTS welcomes evacuees to visit their Mary Isaak Center (900 Hopper Street, Petaluma) for showers, laundry, meals and phone charging. All services are free and meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more information about their hours of operation and services, click here.

County of Sonoma Human Services Department

Evacuees who are clients of Medi-Cal, CalFresh and SonomaWORKs can receive replacement EBT cards and replacement CalFresh benefits for food that spoiled from the County's Human Services Department. The department also will provide expedited applications for new benefits.

To receive assistance from Medi-Cal and CalFresh, visit the Economic Assistance Division at 2550 Paulin Drive in Santa Rosa, or the Human Services South County Center, 5350 Old Redwood Highway North, Suite 100, in Petaluma. The offices will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Residents who have questions about unemployment benefits because of the fire or power shutoffs can call 707-565-5500 or visit 2227 Capricorn Way in Santa Rosa.

Legal Aid of Sonoma County

Legal Aid of Sonoma County can help those impacted by the Kincade fire navigate complex insurance questions, understand their rights, and more. Their disaster relief attorneys have been working on disaster legal issues since the Sonoma wildfires of 2017 and they have a deep understanding of the complex, and often unseen legal issues.

They can assist residents with: insurance issues, FEMA appeals, construction rebuild questions, price gouging, mediation services, and information and referrals.

Contact them for a free confidential appointment with their Disaster Relief Team to discuss your legal rights or navigate the recovery process. You can call them at 707-308-2513, or stop in at their office at 144 South E Street, Suite 100, Santa Rosa.

Did we miss something? Let us know of any other organizations and fundraisers that may help those affected by the Kincade fire in the comments below or by emailing onlineideas@pressdemocrat.com.

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