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July 28, 2014 | 1st Av 5774

Southern California Wildfire Relief Fund Allocations

As of December 2007, the following allocations have been made from the Southern California Wildfire Relief Fund. These grants are in addition to over $2,000 worth of gift cards that have been allocated to these and other organizations.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego: $10,000
JFS has provided an important safety net for the community in the aftermath of the recent fires. They have helped about 150 families from both the Jewish and non-Jewish community. Support has included supplying gift cards to help with short-term needs such as food and gas; financial assistance for mortgage, rent, and utility bills for those who lost vital wages due to the fires; assistance in accessing governmental benefits; and trauma counseling. In the coming weeks, JFS will be providing mini-grants to families who are victims of the fires for such needs as car repair, home furnishings and other basic needs.

Interfaith Community Services (ICS): $21,500
ICS works in collaboration with other grassroots local organizations in the Northeast area of San Diego County – a rural area hard hit by the wild fires. In this region, many agricultural workers have been displaced and have been unable to return to their homes. One group of 40 households will need to relocate permanently, as the land on which their homes were situated is tribal land and will not be returned to residential use. Red Cross hotel vouchers are not helpful for these families, as they would require relocation outside of the area where their jobs, schools and social networks exist. ICS is purchasing residential trailers for these families near their previous homes, and eventually will turn title over to the families as a way to help them rebuild their lives.

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (ICWJ): $13,500
ICWJ has been reaching out to immigrant and low-wage workers who lost homes or employment income. Because many of these workers are unable or fearful of applying for government benefits, much of this work entails door to door assessments to identify and address needs. The URJ grant will be used to disburse gift cards to predominantly immigrant families affected by the fires either through loss of work or loss of property – or both.

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