Affected by California Wildfires and Power Shutoffs?
Visit response.ca.gov — Your one-stop portal for local and state resources, including:
• Health services
• Shelters and housing
• and more.
Due to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, if you sustained losses from the California fires in any of the following counties, you can now apply for assistance:
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Mateo
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
To begin the process:
Apply online with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
If you were deemed ineligible to receive disaster assistance, read your determination letter carefully. There may be an easy fix. Understanding your FEMA letter .
If your mobilehome or manufactured home was damaged or destroyed:
We can help you get copies of documents you’ll need to file insurance claims.
Please contact us at 1.800.952.8356.
Community development includes more than just new development. It also includes ensuring that communities can bounce back after disasters strike.
“A resilient community is able to resist and rapidly recover from disasters or other shocks with minimal outside assistance. Reducing current and future risk is essential to the long-term vitality, economic well-being, and security of all communities. By identifying future risk and vulnerabilities, resilient recovery planning can maximize preparedness, save lives, and bring benefits to a community long after recovery projects are complete."
- 2015 National Disaster Resilience Competition Application
To that end, HCD works to help communities recover after disasters (such as droughts, fires, and floods) by administering special, federal funds, as well as applying for federal funds.
Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
When a presidential declaration of disaster is made, CDBG-DR may be appropriated by Congress through HUD for jurisdictions experiencing disasters. The amount awarded is based on” unmet recovery need” calculations in conjunction with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) data for each declared disaster. For more information, visit the applicable webpage below:
Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT)
CDBG-MIT funds represent a unique and significate opportunity for grantees to use the assistance in areas impacted by recent disasters to carry out strategic and high-impact activities to mitigate disaster risks and reduce future losses. While it is impossible the eliminate all risks, CDBG-MIT funds will enable grantees to mitigate against disaster risks, which at the same time allowing grantees the opportunity to transform State and local planning. - U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Federal Register Notice, August 30, 2019, page 45838. For more information, visit the applicable webpage below:
- 2018 CDBG-DR — Assistance for 2017 disasters.
National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)
A $1 billion federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The National Disaster Recovery Competition (NDRC) provides grants to communities to rebuild in a more resilient way following major disasters. California is receiving more than $70 million for an innovative disaster recovery and resilience program in Tuolumne County following the devastating 2013 Rim Fire. Learn more .
Other Disaster Funding (Special NOFAs)
Disaster related NOFAs from HCD programs other than CDBG-DR.
Disaster recovery resources:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – California Disaster Declarations (sortable)
- Small Business Administration – Office of Disaster Assistance
- 2017 Wildfires Long Term Housing Recovery Toolbox (PDF)
- Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) (PDF) — CEQA Exemptions for Disaster Recovery, Technical Advisory
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — Consumer Tools - Preparing, Recovering, and Rebuilding After Disasters and Emergencies
- This page is also available in Spanish .
- Fannie Mae Home Mortgage (FNMA) (PDF) — Disaster Recovery Network — Home Mortgage Assistance During Disasters.