La Luz offers Fire Relief Financial Assistance

Posted on November 28, 2017

La Luz Center, with a grant from Redwood Credit Union, is currently offering financial assistance and support services to Sonoma County residents that suffered economic hardship caused by the 2017 North Bay fires.  Economic hardship includes, but is not limited to, loss of income and/or loss of housing. Criteria for assistance includes:

               Verifiable* economic hardship that has resulted in the need for temporary

               assistance for:

                       1     Food security

                       2     Replacement clothing

                       3     Essential hygiene items

                       4     Utility costs

                       5     Deposit assistance

                       6     Rental assistance

                       7     Transportation due to loss of vehicle

*utility bills, leases, rent receipts, pictures or invoices for lost personal property. Sonoma County residency will be established by copy of id card

Here’s how the La Luz Center assistance program works:

Applicants contact La Luz Center to start the aid process. Each Wednesday through the end of 2017, a new wait list will be opened for intake interview appointments. To be added to the wait list please visit or call the La Luz Center main office at (707) 938-5131. Applicants will then be contacted to schedule their intake interview.  Applicants arrive for the interview with documentation that supports their qualification and request for financial assistance.

Each application will be reviewed and assistance awards will be communicated within two-three weeks of the intake request. Individuals and families with urgent needs will receive interim aid from La Luz Center or referrals to partner organizations, as determined in the intake interview.  All assistance is provided through checks to landlords, utility companies and/or gift cards.  There will be no cash assistance and no checks payable to individuals.

For more information, please contact Sandy Sanchez at (707) 938-5131.  La Luz Center is located at 17560 Greger Street, Sonoma, California  95476.

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