Is there assistance available to help me if I have been affected by the winter storm and floods?
Yes, there is help available. We highly encourage residents affected to visit the Local Assistance Center located at the former Bank of America Building, 16390 Main Street, Guerneville. The LAC will stay open all week, from Monday, March 4 through Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m daily. The LAC may remain open after this date if needed.
What is a Local Assistance Center?
A Local Assistance Center, also known as a LAC, is a place residents can access recovery services and resources and receive in-person help from numerous agencies and organizations.
What type of assistance can I find at the Local Assistance Center?
Government agencies and non-profits are at the LAC and available to answer questions, offer resources and take applications to determine eligibility for various resources.
Who can get help at the Local Assistance Center?
All Sonoma County residents can access services regardless of immigration status.
Which County of Sonoma agencies are at the Local Assistance Center and what assistance do they offer?
There are various county agencies at the center to provide assistance. Those agencies include:
- Permit Sonoma will provide over-the-counter permits for some repairs and help to begin the permit process for structural work and building safety.
- Human Services Department will take applications for CalFresh food benefits and Medi-Cal.
- Health Services Department will have representatives from Animal Services, Environmental Health, and Behavioral Health to provide mental health support and referrals.
- Community Development Commission will support other housing needs.
Which California State agencies are at the Local Assistance Center and what assistance do they offer?
- Department of Motor Vehicles for those needing identification or drivers licenses.
- Department of Insurance to provide insurance support.
- Contractors State License Board to provide contracting support and resources.
- California Department of Public Health to provide assistance with the replacement of vital records.
Are there non-profit organizations providing assistance to residents?
What other type of assistance will I find at the Local Assistance Center?
The LAC will also have information on debris drop-off locations for non-hazardous waste, dates and times for hazardous waste drop offs, and other important health and safety info.
If my home is red-tagged, what should I do?
If you are in need of short-term housing, check with companies such as Airbnb for availability. We recommend you also contact your insurance company to see if there is assistance available through your insurance policy.
Additionally, to help eligible low-income residents affected by the winter floods relocate to rental housing or keep their current housing, the Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) provides rent and deposit, one-time grants for up to $3,000, along with some other aid. Call 2-1-1 to find an SOS partner agency accepting applications or visit http://211sonoma.org.