United Way of Greater Los Angeles is now accepting proposals from local organizations to receive funding for relief efforts from the Southern California Disaster Relief Fund. The fund supports economically vulnerable families and individuals affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires and has raised over $2 million in pledges so far. In order to ensure the fastest relief, United Way will distribute funds on a rolling basis in the form of grants.

While immediate assistance is needed for any disaster, critical longer-term support is vital for economic and emotional recovery. Part of United Way’s mission is to prevent tragedies such as wildfires from causing further devastation to a family. This may include helping to prevent homelessness for individuals or families who live or work in impacted areas and face extreme economic hardship. It may also include providing relief to someone whose insurance covered the loss of their trailer home but did not cover the items within it, as well as many other situations. In addition, United Way of Greater Los Angeles has already distributed a portion of funds raised to the American Red Cross®️ for immediate emergency relief.

Those who should apply for funding are non-profit organizations serving Los Angeles County and/or Ventura County that have the capacity and experience to provide direct financial assistance and intermediate relief services to low-income residents, workers, and communities impacted by the fires.

Types of support include, but are not limited to: support for critical income loss; rental assistance; home restoration; replacement furnishings; groceries and essential household items; support in securing medical care and childcare; emotional support and trauma counseling; and job placement services for those who have lost employment.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles looks forward to working with a broad range of local partners to help our most vulnerable neighbors move through the long economic and emotional journey of recovering and rebuilding their lives.

Organizations can apply for funding by visiting https://www.unitedwayla.org/mynonprofitcanhelp

For more information about the importance of long term relief check out this story from Mother Jones.

If you are experiencing hardship due to the recent fires in Los Angeles County and Ventura County, please contact 2-1-1.