| Posted on October 25, 2017

C.A.R. to Help California REALTOR® Family Wildfire Victims

The devastating fires that raged through eight counties in Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Mendocino, and Lake, earlier this week have destroyed more than 1,500 structures and taken several lives. A wildfire in Southern California also destroyed numerous homes. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency just a few hours after the fires began.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected, especially those in the REALTOR® family.

C.A.R. stands ready to assist REALTORS® who have been impacted by these wildfires through its Disaster Relief Fund, and REALTOR® family members can apply for grants from the fund. The Association established the fund in the wake of the 2003 California wildfires. Grants provided by the fund are used to help members of the REALTOR® family — REALTORS®, their staff, and Association members and their staff — who have incurred substantial losses due to wildfires and other disasters by distributing grants of $1,000 to $10,000. If you are a REALTOR® who has been impacted by the wildfires, you may make an application to request a grant from the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund by calling Sharlena Bernard at (213) 739-8297 or emailing sharlenab@car.org.

Any C.A.R. member wishing to help those in our REALTOR® family who have been harmed by the fires in California may click the Donate Now link below or make a contribution directly to California Community Foundation at 221 S. Figueroa St., Ste. 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please make checks payable to the California Community Foundation and write “C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund” on the Memo line.

In recent months, C.A.R. has made donations to assist with disaster relief in Mariposa County for the Detwiler fire and to NAR’s REALTOR® Relief Foundation for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Those affected by the California wildfire should apply for assistance by calling toll-free to (800) 621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster victims may register by calling this number. You do not have to wait to go to a disaster assistance center. The number for speech and hearing impaired individuals is (800) 462-7585.  Federal disaster assistance available for residents and businesses in the affected counties includes temporary housing assistance, disaster loans and other needs assistance grants.

Apply for FEMA Disaster Relief Funds