2-1-1 Ventura County: For information about recovery resources, dial 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit www.211ventura.org. Live contact specialists available 24/7 to provide assistance.
Ready Ventura County: For regularly updated incident information call the public information line at 465-6650 or visit www.readyventuracounty.org
Thomas Fire Help: Continuously updated community-based list of resources, visit www.thomasfirehelp.com
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center: Offers assistance with disaster unemployment insurance, housing, small business, legal assistance and community housing loans.
Ventura County Credit Union, 6026 Telephone Road, Ventura, Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9a.m.-1 p.m.
Stagecoach Station General Store, 12679 Ojai Road, Ojai, Saturday only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Homeowners, Renters and Businesses 800-659-2955
SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair/replace disaster property damage. Small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations may also borrow to help meet disaster-caused working capital needs. The $2 million maximum applies to the combination of property damage and working capital loans. If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles. Apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, call 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.
SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit farmers and ranchers: 928-9269. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has opened a temporary satellite office to help farmers and ranchers apply for federal disaster recovery assistance. Applicants are asked to call the Santa Barbara FSA office at 928-9269 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins welcome at 815 E.Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula, Thursdays, Jan. 25-Feb 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Property tax relief
The offices of the Treasurer-Tax Collector, Assessor and Auditor-Controller are working on a plan to streamline the application process for property tax relief due to damage caused by the Thomas Fire.
In some cases, penalties and fees on late payments will be waived for fire victims, but taxpayers are still encouraged to make full payments on their first installment. The County will adjust the tax bill on a future installment. Tax relief will be available for any type of property that is assessed by the County, including but not limited to, homes, commercial and industrial buildings, and mobile homes.
More information will be released on tax relief as the plan is developed. Fire victims can get a head start on the process by filing a calamity claim. Information and a claim form can be found on the Assessor’s website at htpp://assessor.countyofventura.org.
To learn more:
Steven Hintz, Treasurer-Tax Collector, (805) 654-3744
Dan Goodwin, Assessor, (805) 654-2181
Jeff Burgh, Auditor-Controller, (805) 654-3152
WEV’s ‘Quick Response Loans’ – If a business has been impacted by reduced sales or lost inventory due to the Thomas Fire or Mudslides, and could benefit from a cash flow boost of up to $10,000, contact WEV’s Loan Officer, Jaime Marks, at email@example.com or (805) 232-3087 to discuss the process. Our goal is to have a decision within 24 hours of a completed application. Disaster Recovery Webpages in English and Spanish including information about SBA’s Disaster Recovery loans. Information Packets in English and Spanish (attached, and links to download in English and Spanish). Community Building Event on Monday 2/5 in Santa Barbara, ‘805 Strong: An Evening Honoring Entrepreneurs’ – FREE and open to anyone, includes business & resource expo and ceremony honoring local entrepreneurs. Small Business Recovery Workshops: Six dates in February in Santa Barbara and Ventura for small businesses to hear from WEV, EDC-VC, and SBA about disaster recovery resources (flyers in English and Spanish attached, also listed on our recovery webpages)
Resources for undocumented residents
805 UndocuFund is a joint effort of immigrant-serving organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to provide disaster relief to local immigrant families who are excluded from federal aid programs. Register your information at https://805undocufund.org/aplique-aquipara-asistencia/ and you will be contacted once the fund is available.
Mexican nationals or those with dual citizenship: 855-463-6395, Mexican Consulate in Oxnard offers financial assistance and documentation replacement for Thomas Fire victims who are Mexican nationals, or those with dual citizenship. This assistance is available regardless of immigration status. Walk-ins welcome. Mexican Consulate is located at 3151 W. Fifth St., Oxnard.
State unemployment insurance benefits
If you are unemployed or had your hours/income reduced as a result of the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Mudslide, apply for state unemployment insurance benefits here: https://eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov/
More information on Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits can be found here: www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Disaster_Unemployment_Assistance.htm
Housing, shelter and Food
Homeless Services: 385-1800. Anyone in need of housing information may leave a message. Calls will be returned.
The Winter Warming Shelter is open through March 31, at 1270 Arundell, Ventura
FOOD Share: 983-7100. For local food pantries and drives call 983-7100 or visit www.foodshare.com
Housing assistance: 385-8585 or visit www.vchsa.org/help to learn more eligibility criteria for potential assistance with rent, moving and storage costs, utilities and other housing services. Calls and emails will be returned. Include the following in your message: Name, phone number, number of people in your household, address of residence prior to wildfires, description of need for assistance.
Benefits and cash aid
Ventura County Human Services Agency accepts applications for CalFresh (food stamps), Medi-Cal (health insurance), CalWORKs (cash assistance) and General Relief for those who qualify. For a list of office locations and other information, go to: http://www.ventura.org/human-services-agency/locations-ways-to-apply
Replace Medi-Cal BIC card: 888-472-4463 to connect to the Human Services Agency or visit an HSA Community Service Center.
Replace EBT card: 877-328-9677. To replace an EBT card lost or damaged in the fires, call EBT customer Service at 877-328-9677. They will stop use of your card and help you get a new card.
Dek//Income taxes extension
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will have special tax relief for taxpayers impacted by Southern California wildfires, floods and mudslides that began in December 2017. Please visit: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/aboutFTB/press/2018/01-01182018.shtml for more information.
Assistance for businesses:
EDC-VC Small Business Development Center 409-9159. Offers no-cost personal business advising services to assist small businesses impacted by the disaster. Services are free of charge and cover financial, accounting, marketing, strategic recovery planning and other post-disaster challenges. To speak to a service coordinator, visit http://edc-vc.com/tools-for-business-success/
California Lutheran University 493-3059: Offers free eight-week support group for families affected by Thomas Fire at CLU Counseling Center, 2200 Outlet Center Drive, suite 470, Oxnard, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Children’s group is also available.
Kaiser Permanente: offering a free, drop-in eight-week support group to anyone finding it difficult to cope with feelings of trauma due to the Thomas Fire and mudslides at 1000 S. Hill Road, Ventura, on Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. Begins Feb. 1.
Fire Lawyers — Corey, Danko and Gibbs 410-1120 or coreydankogibbs.com: helping victims rebuild their homes, business and communities.
Thomas Fire legal assistance hotline 765-9727: The hotline offers people impacted by the Thomas fires legal assistance related to: landlord-tenant issues, life/medical and property insurance, emergency aid application through FEMA, home repair contracts, mortgage foreclosure and replacement of important legal documents.
Ventura County Law Library, 800 S Victoria Ave., Ventura, every first and third Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.
Wildfire Legal Group: 222-6677 or www.wildfirelegalgroup.com : helping individuals and businesses recover losses from the fire that are not covered by insurance
Special populations assistance
Veterans: The County of Ventura Veteran Services and LA Regional Office are working to expedite PENDING veteran compensation, pension, survivor pension and DIC claims for those displaced by the Thomas Fire. Individuals should contact the CVSO at 477-5155 or 477-5480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Society of Ventura County: Autism Society of Ventura County, is offering assistance to people with autism spectrum and related disorders who have been affected by the Thomas Fire. Contact the ASVC resource hotline at 437-9856 or the Office at 496-1632.
Foster and birth families
Child Hope Services 419-6182 www.childhopeservices.org
James Storehouse 499‐7161 www.jamesstorehouse.org
Raising Hope 491-KIDZ(5439) www.raisinghope.org
Children’s Services Auxiliary http://www.csavc.org/
Ventura County Foster Parent Association 285-3790 www.vcfpa.com
Kids and Families Together 654-1446 www.kidsandfamilies.org/
Senior Nutrition Program: 477-7311 http://vcaaa.org/our-services/senior-nutrition-program/
Transportation: 477‐7300 http://vcaaa.org/our-services/transportation/
American Red Cross 987-1514 http://www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/local-chapters/ventura
United Way of VC Thomas Fire Fund: Text UWVC to 41444
Interface Children and Family Services and 211 Ventura County: Text keyword 211VC to 898-211 or visit www.icfs.org/donate
Ventura County Community Disaster Relief Fund www.VCCF.org
805 UndocuFund: Write a check to the Ventura County Community Foundation with “Undocufund” in the memo or go to www.vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation and write “Undocufund” as the fund name.
Thank You to 2-1-1 Ventura County supporters:
The County of Ventura, First 5 Ventura, United Way of Ventura County, Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Ventura County Community Foundation and the cities of Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Port Hueneme, Moorpark, Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Santa Paula and Fillmore
VCReporter staff continues to contribute to the list, including updates from the county and the Ventura Land Trust.