We know that the challenges of recovery are not limited to the initial days and weeks following a disaster. If you are struggling with temporary housing costs, home repair/rebuild costs, replacing lost household items, or mental health support due to losses caused by the Thomas, Hill or Woolsey Fires please provide us with some basic information and a disaster case manager from one of the Long Term Disaster Recovery Group partners will contact you to get you connected to the assistance you qualify for. Phone and two-way text support is available in English and Spanish. To get started you can contact us in any of the following ways:
- Email is the fastest way to contact us. Email [email protected] and provide your name, pre-disaster address and phone number to be directly in touch with a disaster recovery outreach specialist.
- Complete our initial intake form online in English or Espanol
- Or you can also dial 2-1-1 and ask the specialist to connect you with a disaster recovery outreach specialist.
What is Disaster Case Management?
Disaster case managers work with partner organizations to address unmet needs through volunteer assistance, in-kind donations, and accessing all available sources of potential funding including FEMA and SBA appeals and as well as, in some cases, financial support to fund unmet needs not covered by insurance or other avenues of support. A disaster case manager works with each case to create a realistic recovery plan and discusses the types of assistance available with you based on your individual situation and needs. Clients working with disaster case managers will need to provide documentation of insurance, FEMA, SBA and other disaster financial assistance received to date. Assistance programs vary in their focus and participation requirements with household income being only one consideration.
You can find a full list of all available resources and programs for wildfire impacted residents (free and low-cost legal clinics, rebuilding seminars, insurance negotiation questions, rental assistance etc.) at: http://www.211ventura.org/disaster-resources/
List of local free and low cost Mental Health Resources for fire impacted: https://tinyurl.com/CAWildfireMentalHealth
List of local free Legal Resources for fire impacted residents: https://tinyurl.com/CAWildfireLegalResources
VenturaCountyRecovers.org: This is the official page for the County of Ventura and the cities and unincorporated areas affected by the fire. Ventura County Recovers is intended to guide residents through the recovery process, regardless of the size of their loss. Information listed here includes articles about recovery programs and information published by various agencies.
United Policyholders: a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and a respected voice for consumers of all types of insurance. They don't take money from insurance companies. They provide guidance on buying insurance and navigating claims. Woolsey fire claim assistance page of website: https://www.uphelp.org/blog/woolsey-fire-insurance-claim-help
Local Love Project: An initiative of Totally Local VC, activates and organizes members of our community in the aftermath of a disaster within our 805 communities to provide relief and support to those affected by disaster.
805Help.org: A website created by 805 natives in the days following the Thomas Fire. The site connects those in need with the help and resources they require. Information and resources on the site all come from community members, and are wide ranging including long term housing, legal services, access to vehicles. This can be a useful resource for needs that are not handled by the County, other agencies, or non-profit organizations