Application for Debris Removal: Due to displacement of residents from the North Bay Fires, the Department of Health - Environmental Health & Safety is having difficulty tracking down residents, to offer aid in removing debris from properties. Please help get the word out, registration for this aid expires on November 13th.
This month Elim’s second mile giving will go to UndocuFund. An estimated 28,000 undocumented immigrants live and work in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims of the fires that have devastated Sonoma County, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Lack of immigration status, limited English proficiency, and fear of immigration enforcement will also impede their access to disaster-relief services, even when they are eligible. Lack of familiarity or comfort with law enforcement, county departments, and financial institutions present additional barriers. Consequently, the fire victims will face significant challenges in meeting urgent needs and rebuilding their lives here in Sonoma County where the cost of living is very high.
The UndocuFund will ensure that undocumented families displaced by the fires will have the support and resources they need to recover and rebuild. The UndocuFund will provide direct funding to undocumented immigrants and their families to help with expenses incurred directly as a result of the fires including but not limited to: Temporary housing, Home repairs, Essential household items, Medical and dental expenses, Tools and equipment required for work, Clean-up items, Repair of essential vehicle, Moving and storage expenses, Funeral and burial expenses, and Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies).
Emergency Home Share:
PPSC's SHARE Sonoma County has been arranging for Emergency Home Shares in Sonoma County. PPSC is working to find temporary housing for those displaced by the fire.
Redwood Empire Food Bank:
Provides food to those in need year round. They have increased their provision of food to help those affected by the fires. In order to increase the food they distribute, they are in need of additional funding and donations. Financial donations assist them in buying food in bulk. They also accept non-perishables which can be dropped off at their parking lot, they do not accept glass containers.