Local Assistance Center for Fawn Fire survivors opens today at Shasta Community Center

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif., — The Local Assistance Center (LAC) opened this morning to provide recovery assistance services to residents impacted by the Fawn Fire. It will be open from Friday, October 8 through Monday, October 11 at the Shasta Lake Community Center, 4499 Main Street, in the City of Shasta Lake. The LAC will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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The Local Assistance Center is a one-stop-shop for recovery assistance, according to Shasta County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Mapes; who said the county has learned from previous fires that this type of information and resource center can be helpful for survivors finding themselves having to navigate through the ensuing maze of agencies and forms.

“We have found since the Carr Fire and the Zogg Fire, and now with the Fawn, that a Local Assistance Center is so crucial because … a lot of these folks … had to evacuate at a moment’s notice and essentially lost everything,” Mapes has said. “It can be kind of daunting trying to figure out where exactly you have to go to replace all of the documentation that you may need to start on that road to recovery.”

Resources at the center include housing assistance, referrals for unmet needs following a disaster and information to aid in hazardous materials clean-up, permitting and rebuilding and Mapes encouraged everyone affected by the fire to take advantage of the center while it’s open.

Representatives from various local, state and federal agencies will provide counseling support, resource and housing assistance, information to aid in rebuilding, permitting, hazardous materials clean-up, loss of business or employment, basic health and human services, and other topics.

Service providers include:

• Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency
• Shasta County Department of Resource Management
• Shasta County Assessor’s Office
• Shasta County District Attorney’s Office – Crime Victim’s Assistance Center
• Shasta County Housing and Community Action Agency
• Shasta County Department of Veterans Services
• Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
• California Department of Insurance (CDI)
• Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
• Employment Development Department (EDD)
• California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH)
• Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
• Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES)
• California Department of Insurance (CDI)
• California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
• US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
• Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to include: American Red Cross, Bethel Global Response, Disability Action Center, First Baptist Church of Shasta Lake, Lion’s Club International, Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Salvation Army – Redding, Smart Workforce Center, Society of St. Vincent dePaul, United Methodist Church – UMCOR, United Policy Holders, United Shasta, United Way of Northern California.

What documents should I bring to the Local Assistance Center (LAC)?
If you have, it is recommended that you bring:
– a photo ID,
– household income information
– insurance documents
*DMV is also available to issue duplicates of Photo IDs and driver license

Also, California Employment Development Department (EDD), provides temporary unemployment
benefits to people whose jobs or work hours were directly impacted by the fires. Affected individuals
are encouraged to apply here. Claimants can also file by phone at 1-800-300-5616 (English) or 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish).

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For the safety of the public and staff, the Local Assistance Center will have health and safety protocols in place to protect from the spread of COVID-19. These protocols will include social distancing and required use of face coverings for all staff and public entering the facility.

For more information call 2-1-1 Shasta, https://211norcal.org/shasta/ and follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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