Fire Recovery Guide:
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has put out a 16-page guide
for fire victim benefits and assistance.
Santa Cruz County Human Services benefits hotline:1-888-421-8080
. Residents impacted by the fire who are enrolled in benefits programs may be eligible for replacement benefits.
Evacuees may be eligible for CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps.) Apply at calfresh.org
. Apply by phone at 1-888-421-8080
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Information is at santacruzhumanservices.org
Federal assistance for individuals and businesses:
Santa Cruz County residents affected by the wildfire may be eligible for temporary and permanent housing, crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance and other help. Register at DisasterAssistance.gov
. Registration for federal assistance is here in Spanish
. Call 1-800-621-3362
for help or questions. Registration can also be done on the FEMA mobile app
- Note: The deadline to apply for $500 in emergency cash assistance has been extended to Sept. 12. U.S. citizenship is not required. Register at DisasterAssistance.gov. For help, speak to a federal representative 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 8 at the Paradox Hotel, 611 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz, or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Recovery Resource Center at Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St. in Santa Cruz.
Small Business Administration Loans: Federal disaster loans homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits. Register at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. Disaster No.
CA-00325. Staff is available at [email protected] or
800-659-2955. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT daily.
Recovery Resource Center: A one-stop shop for help that ranges from federal benefits registration to grocery money. The event is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St., Santa Cruz.
- Information will include details on rebuilding, debris, utilities, insurance, social services and replacement documents.
- Free two-hour parking will be provided.
- Information at the in-person event also is online.