Food benefits available for wildfire and/or mudslide victims

February 8, 2018
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VENTURA COUNTY — Individuals and families impacted by the wildfires and/or mudslides in Ventura or Santa Barbara Counties may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance.

A family of four with available monthly income and resources up to $2,755 per month may be eligible to receive up to $640 in food assistance through California’s Disaster CalFresh program. Households must apply for this assistance between Tuesday, February 6 and Friday, February 9, 2018, and from Monday, February 12 through Wednesday, February 14, 2018. In most cases, Disaster CalFresh food assistance benefits will be available within three days of the date of application.

Wildfire and/or mudslide victims may apply for CalFresh disaster food assistance in-person at human services or social services agency offices in Ventura or Santa Barbara. Households unable to apply in person may designate an authorized representative to apply on their behalf. Additional information is available online at: www.ventura.org/human-services-agency/disaster-calfresh

Disaster CalFresh benefits will be provided via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is like a debit card that can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores and other authorized retailers.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Individuals and families who lived or worked in Ventura or Santa Barbara may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh food assistance if the household experienced at least one of the following as a direct result of the wildfires and/or mudslides:

Damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business;
Loss or inaccessibility of income, including a reduction or termination of earned income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster related problems; or
Disaster-related expenses (e.g. home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.

Households already participating in CalFresh are not eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh food assistance, but may be eligible to receive supplemental benefits based on their household size. Households already participating in CalFresh may contact a local human services or social services agency to request supplemental benefits by phone or in person. Some households already participating in CalFresh may also automatically receive supplemental benefits based on the direct impact, such as mandatory evacuations, of the wildfires or mudslides in their community.

WHEN TO APPLY

Individuals and families affected by the wildfires and/or mudslides who are seeking food assistance may apply for Disaster CalFresh beginning February 6, 2018 to February 9, 2018, and February 12, 2018 to February 14, 2018 by visiting one of the offices listed at www.ventura.org/human-services-agency/disaster-calfresh. Residents can find more information online at www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center

In addition, individuals or families with new needs for assistance due to the wildfires and/or mudslides may always apply for regular (not Disaster) CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs cash aid at their local social service agency or online at www.mybenefitscalwin.org

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