San Bernardino, CA (December 21, 2016) – Through a grant provided by the Inland Empire United Way, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) has been diligently working to provide disaster relief for victims of the Blue Cut Fire which occurred on August 16, 2016 in the Cajon Pass. Over 36,200 acres were burned, destroying 105 homes and 216 buildings leaving many families in need of assistance.
A Blue Cut Fire Relief Fund established by the Inland Empire United Way is being administered by CAPSBC. Case management commenced on November 8, 2016 and so far $72,000 has been provided to fire victims for essential services such as emergency housing, transportation, food and clothing. Families are also being assisted on a case-by-case basis for the replacement of property loss due to the fires such as appliances, furniture, tools necessary for continued employment and other items that are essential to their livelihood.
The Inland Empire United Way provided an initial $150,000 in funds for CAPSBC to administer support to the fire victims. CAPSBC has since established case management services with 68 families who were impacted by the fire. Additional funding will be made available from the Blue Cut Fire Relief Fund to continue fulfilling resident needs over the coming weeks and months.
“Several families of Korean decent lost their homes. Language translation support is being used to facilitate communications for all non-English speakers. Each family has unique challenges and losses, and we stand ready to help,” stated CAPSBC CEO Patricia L. Nickols-Butler. “We are conscientiously working to administer support as quickly as possible, especially with the holidays and colder weather approaching.”
Several other agencies have also been providing support to the fire victims. The San Bernardino County Land Use Services (LUS) Department has debris removal services to help families in need. Debris removal is an important consideration to avoid complications from inclement weather. Clients are encouraged to call LUS at 909-386-8701.
CAPSBC is continuing to offer case management for assistance on a regular basis at Saint Junipero Serra church located at 8820 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan. Clients are seen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at this site. For more information please call 909-723-1561 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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