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19,000 Residents Register for Wildfire Recovery Assistance

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December 14, 2007
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Nearly 19,000 residents applied for assistance in the weeks since wildfires attacked seven California counties. Housing and other disaster-related assistance totaling $66 million has been approved for Southern Californians in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Individual assistance is available for residents with property damages from wildfire. Here is a summary of disaster assistance funding:

  • $52.9 million - Approved U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives. SBA low-interest loans are available for homeowners, renters and business owners.

  • $8.1 million - Housing assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for rental expenses, home repair or replacement.???????????? ?

  • $3.3 million - Assistance with other needs from FEMA and the State of California for losses and damage to personal property; vehicle repair or replacement; moving expenses; and other disaster-related costs.

  • $1.7 million - Approved California State Supplemental Grants from the California Department of Social Services for those who have received the maximum grants for housing and other needs from FEMA and the state.

  • $106,399 has been disbursed by the California Employment Development Department to individuals unemployed by the wildfires.

The deadline to apply for federal and state disaster assistance is Jan. 9, 2008. Those who have registered are reminded to go online at: or call FEMA to report any changes in personal or insurance information and check the status of their application.

Beyond the dollars provided to Southern California residents, much individualized attention is involved in wildfire recovery.

  • 22,953 builders, homeowners and renters received advice in home improvement stores and disaster assistance centers from FEMA mitigation experts about how to build fire-safe and flood-aware structures.

  • 18,525 Californians have registered for state and federal disaster assistance online at or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • 14,696 people have visited assistance centers seeking disaster recovery help and mitigation information in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and other languages.

  • 8,056 FEMA inspections have been completed in disaster-designated counties. These inspections of wildfire-damaged structures are a prerequisite for property owners to qualify for federal and state grants and low-interest loans to repair, replace or rebuild.

FEMA's community relations specialists walk disaster neighborhoods to offer recovery information and assistance. To date they have spoken with:

19,040?????????????????????????? Residents
6,333??????????????????????????? Businesses
955?????????????????????????????? Faith-Based Organizations
223?????????????????????????????? Community-Based Organizations
272?????????????????????????????? Local Governments
468?????????????????????????????? Local Agencies
195?????????????????????????????? Schools

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Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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