Yuba and Butte County residents affected by the Cascade and LaPorte fires have a ‘"one-stop-shop’"this week for a wide range of services to rebuild their homes and lives.
The county is hosting a Local Assistance Center at the Yuba County Government Center that started Wednesday and runs through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
More than 30 organizations are participating, providing a wide range of services for residents displaced by fire. Representatives from FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Contractors State License Board, County Building Inspector, the Salvation Army, DMV, Department of Insurance, Animal Care Services and Veterans Affairs and other agencies are on site.
Services offered include:
- Applying for Red Cross and FEMA assistance
- Replacing documents like driver license, vehicle titles and Social Security cards
- Filing for unemployment.
- Information about issues including taxes, homeowners insurance, electrical service, hiring a contractor, small business loans and counseling services.
- Food stamp, cash aid and Medi-Cal applications
Kathy Mathews and her husband were at the center Wednesday to replace birth certificates, social security cards and DMV documents, and returned Thursday for information about rebuilding on the property they’ve lived on for 36 years.
“We lost everything,” she said.
The couple was grateful for the well-planned event.
The most recent count for houses lost to wildfire is about 150, said Yuba County Emergency Manager Scott Bryan.
The last time the county hosted a Local Assistance Center was in 1997, a year that saw both catastrophic flooding and fires.
Douglas Woods, FEMA division supervisor for Yuba County, had high praise for the county’s handling of the disaster.
“They make our job easy,” he said.
Terri Meyer, a commercial account manager for PG&E had words of praise for the residents as well.
Although many have lost homes, they’re optimistic and grateful.
“People have been really lovely,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Yeah I don’t have a home, but we’re alive!’”