January Report from Weed LTRG

posted over 4 years ago by WeedLTRG from Weed Long Term Recovery Group
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Boles Fire Long Term Recovery contact information:

Case Manager Andrea Herr 530 408-0012; aherrwltrg@gmail.com

Construction Coordinator: Patrick (Pat) Olson : 530 925-1426; olypat60@gmail.com

Volunteer Team Coordinator: Brenda Duchi: 530 408-0023; bjoyd.wltrg@gmail.com

Shasta Regional Community Foundation: Amanda Hutchings 244-1219, amanda@shastarcf.org, www.shastarcf.org

United Way: Derek Collard 241-7521 x100, dcollard@norcalunitedway.org, www.norcalunitedway.org

Long Term Recovery Group email weedltrg@gmail.com , www.weed.recovers.org

The City reports that as of 1/12/16, 33 homes have temporary occupancy or are finalized. 21 homes and 2 churches are under construction and 3 homes are in plan check.

Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) Case Management staff and volunteers interviewed over 100 survivors thus far while distributing Ray’s Gifts cards over the holidays, the most recent project of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. An updated needs assessment in preparation for the spring rebuilding season in underway. Preliminary results indicate 10 property owners intend to rebuild as soon as their insurance issues are settled. 23 – 26 are in some stage of construction but noted that their insurance claims are not yet settled. Staff continues to find resources for those survivors who have specific needs ranging from fuel or wood, furniture and furnishings to topsoil and landscaping costs. The assessment has revealed that many survivors that were renting homes continue to struggle as the stock of affordable rental housing in the city has been reduced. Many others are held back as they experience a lengthy process of settling with insurance companies.

Volunteer groups are signing up to assist survivors this spring. These efforts are being coordinated by the Long Term Recovery Group. We continue to be humbled by the number of people from outside the area that want to help the community as they move through recovery. One group is arriving at the end of January to offer fundraising and hands on assistance.

The LTRG will meet next on Tuesday, February 9th and again on Tuesday March 8th at 2 pm. These meetings are open to the public, held at the Park & Rec conference room in Bel Air Park adjacent to the Weed swimming pool. We continue to consider any Community Disaster Relief Fund or United Way funding requests as they come up outside of these meeting times. As we consider projects for the upcoming spring season and continued long term recovery for Boles Fire survivors, there is a balance of approximately $133,000 available from United Way and $182,008 from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

Fundraising for Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity continues in addition to Weed Rotary efforts. A fundraising event on January 16th in Montague includes a raffle for some property in Lake Shastina. The Weed Rotary Foundation has raised approximately $61,700 towards their goal of $90,000 to sponsor one qualifying survivor family’s Siskiyou Habitat For Humanity Home.


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