On October 8, 2017 wildfires ignited throughout seven counties in Northern California, burning at least 245,000 acres. Over 5,000 homes were destroyed in Sonoma County alone.
Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County (HFHSC) has explored ways to expand its programs across the board to serve households who were displaced by October’s devastating wildfires.
If you lost your home in October’s wildfires please fill out the questionnaire below.
All who fill out this questionnaire will be updated about our programs as they develop.
Habitat for Humanity plans to construct “Sonoma Cottages” to help alleviate the North Bay’s housing shortage following last October’s devastating fires. Watch this KRCB video to learn more. #tubbsfire #sonomafires #sonomastrong(Fire Footage Courtesy of pressdemocrat.com)
Posted by KRCB TV 22 – North Bay Public Media on Monday, March 19, 2018
Short Term: ReStore Gift Cards
Gift Cards: Every Sunday in November following the fires, our ReStore was opened exclusively to those who lost their home or place of work to the wildfires. Any individual impacted by the wildfires with loss of home or place of work was eligible for non-expiring store credit to be used for the large inventory of household goods, furniture, and materials. This initiative was sponsored by corporate partners. Other in-kind donations of new household goods were given away at no cost to eligible individuals.
Over $400,000 of home goods and services were distributed to fire survivors as a part of this program, and gift cards for those affected by the wildfires are still available.
Mid Term: Sonoma Cottages
Sonoma Cottages: Modeled on the Habitat affiliates who responded to Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is exploring 400-750 ft² temporary to permanent units. These units will fill the urgent temporary housing need and would last beyond the post-disaster period as homes for Habitat Families.
To inquire about supporting the Sonoma Cottages pilot project please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about our Sonoma Cottages pilot project in the video at the top of this page.
Long Term: Rebuild
Rebuild: Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County has committed to the rebuilding effort. With its traditional program markers of volunteer labor and in-kind and monetary donations, as well as increased flexibility with sweat equity and income range requirements, Habitat will serve families and individuals who want to rebuild but who, without our specialized assistance, would be unable to and would likely have to leave the community. Habitat is considering partnerships with pre-fabricated home builders to further relieve rebuilding costs and to create an efficient building process that complements the use of volunteer labor.