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The Deadline to Apply for the Wildfire Assistance Program is November 15, 2019

Are you a 2017-2018 California wildfire survivor? If so, then you may be eligible for compensation through the recently enacted Wildfire Assistance Program. However, act fast because the deadline to apply for the said program is November 15, 2019.

What is the Wildfire Assistance Program?

The Assistance Program aims to help provide funds for those affected by several California wildfires between 2017 and 2018. The program is voluntary and “intends to aid certain Wildfire Claimants who are still in need of assistance for alternative living expenses or other unmet needs.” (Wildfire Assistance Program FAQ)

How Much Money Does the Program Provide?

According to the Assistance Program website, the program pays the following amounts:

Homeowners – $5,000 USD

Renters – $2,500 USD

The program functions just like a no-interest loan, and the payout money comes directly from the potential settlement with PG&E.

When Will the Program Issue Payment?

The Assistance Program will begin rolling out Basic Unmet Needs payments on August 30, 2019. All payments will be issued by January 15, 2020. Generally, if you’re eligible for payment, you will receive your money through one of the following methods:

  • Zelle payment
  • Mailed check
  • Mailed pre-paid debit card

You can always update your payment instructions and preferences by calling the program helpline at 1-888-626-0062.

Which Fires are Eligible for the Assistance Program?

According to the Program’s website, the following fires are eligible:

“This Program will provide unmet needs funds to certain persons affected by the 2017 and 2018 wildfires. The fires that qualify are the Atlas, Adobe, Blue, Camp, Cascade, Cherokee, Honey, LaPorte, Lobo, Maacama, McCourtney, Nuns, Norrbom, Partrick, Pocket, Point, Pressley, Pythian, Redwood, Sulphur, Tubbs and “37” Fires.” – Wildfire Assistance Program Website

Can You Request Assistance if You Already Received a Payment from FEMA?

According to the program FAQ, you may NOT receive “Supplemental Unmet Needs” if FEMA has already compensated you for your losses during the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires. Unless, however, “your claim is for awards above and beyond what FEMA has paid” (Wildfire Assistance Program FAQ).

Having a Hard Time Applying? We Can Help

Does all this sound a little confusing and overwhelming? If it does, don’t worry. Legal matters like this are often ripe with overly convoluted processes and procedures, and applying for the Assistance Program is no different. In fact, applying for the WIldfire Assistance Program is so exceedingly complicated that many people have already had trouble getting through it successfully.

Luckily, however, the professional attorneys here at Wagner Jones Kopfman & Artenian can help! If you need help determining your eligibility, or even with the actual application process itself, fill out the simple form on this page, and we’ll help you through it. However, please remember that the deadline to apply for the Wildfire Assistance Program is November 15, 2019! That’s only a few days away, so please don’t hesitate to get started on your claim.

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