Resource Guide to Rebuilding Our Community



1. QUICK RESPONSE LOANS: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is offering small business loans up to $10,000 for businesses who have been financially impacted by the Thomas Fire (e.g. reduced sales, inventory loss).

For more information, visit:

2. SMALL BUSINESS LOANS: The SBA - provides low-interest disaster loans to small businesses and homeowners to recover from disasters.

For more information, visit:

3. EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE: Employers affected by a disaster may request a 60 day extension to file their state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes with the Employment Development Department.

For more information, visit: or call 888-745-3886.

4. UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE: California Employment Development Department provides unemployment assistance for workers who have lost jobs or work hours due to no fault of their own.

Apply at: or call 800-815-9387.


1. California Environmental Protection Agency provides information and resources on debris removal.

For more information, visit: or call 916-323-3514.

2. Santa Barbara County Ready offers additional resources for managing and removing debris.

For more information, visit:


1. FEMA Flood Insurance Program

Website: National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA)

2. Rebuilding and Recovery Assistance: Santa Barbara County is reaching out to homeowners impacted by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow needing assistance with rebuilding and recovery. Many homeowners are still not connected to assigned case managers.

Help spread the word and read more here:

3. Local Disaster Relief Recovery Center: For local assistance, please visit Calvary Chapel at 1 N. Calle Ceasar Chavez from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm M, T, TH, F and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm W and Sat.


4. FEMA Disaster Assistance for Southern California Residents:

News Release: Click on the link for more information:


5. Property Tax Disaster Relief: This property tax relief is available to owners of real property, business equipment and fixtures, orchards or other agricultural groves, and to owners of aircraft, boats, and certain mobilehomes - it is not available to property that is not assessable, such as state licensed mobilehomes or household furnishings.

Website: For more information about California Disaster Relief,


Event/Organization Date Location

"Raising Our Light"
An Evening of Remembrance In Montecito
For more info, call (805) 514-0191

Lower Manning Park

"Montecito Rising"
An Evening of Communication & Connection
For more info, visit: Montecito Rising

6-9 pm
Procore Warehouse

"Music for Healing & Community"
Santa Barbara Symphony
7:30 pm
Granada Theater
For more info, visit: Music for Healing and Community

"Santa Barbara Strong: A Benefit Concert"

7:00 pm

Elings Performing Arts Center
For more info, visit Facebook Event

"Miles for Montecito"
Santa Barbara Running

9-10 am
Santa Barbara Running
For more info, visit: Miles for Montecito Benefit Run

"After the Fire After the Storm"
Antioch University

12-5 pm
Antioch University
For more info, visit: After the Fire After the Storm

"Santa Barbara Community Meeting"

6-8 pm
For more information, visit Santa Barbara Community Meeting

“Afternoon of Community Healing”

2:00-5:30 pm
Yoga Soup
Afternoon of Community Healing

"805 Strong"/Women's Economic Ventures

5:00-7:45 pm
The Fess Parker
For more info, visit 805 Strong

"Gathering of Hope and Remembrance"

6:30 pm
All Saints by the Sea Church
For more info, visit Gathering of Hope and Remembrance

"Coast Village Cash Mob"

3:00-5:00 pm
Whiskey and Leather
For more info, visit Coast Village Cash Mob

“Firefighter Care Package Party”

2:00-6:00 pm
Santa Barbara Gift Baskets
For more info, visit Firefighter Care Package Party

“PHORUM 2018”
Music is Medicine: Comfort & Renewal After Loss

5:00-7:30 pm
Lobero Theater
For free registration, visit: PHORUM 2018

“Emergency Preparedness Fair”
For more info, call 805-564-1649

9:00 am-12 pm
De La Guerra Plaza


1. INTERACTIVE MAP OF PROPERTIES: Ready SBC has posted an interactive map of properties affected by the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 Debris Flow. The map is updated periodically:

3. FEMA Map Overview June 19, 2018:

5. COMMUNITY MEETING: A second community meeting with be held with the FEMA representatives on July 11, 2018 at the Santa Barbara County Administration building on 105 E. Anapamu St. More information to follow.


1. HELP FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES THROUGH WEV: Women's Economic Ventures needs your help to raise money to support businesses that were affected by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 debris flow.

To donate, visit:

2. BENEFIT CONCERT WITH KATY PERRY: On May 19th, Katy Perry will come to Santa Barbara for Witness: Coming Home, a benefit show. All proceeds will go to the Santa Barbara Foundations, the 93108 Fund and the 805 UndocuFund. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 15th at 11 a.m. in person at the Santa Barbara Bowl box office. The general sale via starts at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit:

3. BENEFIT CONCERT: Brad Paisley and Ellen Degeneres Degenereswill participate in “The 2nd Responders” benefit concert on May 12 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the community and service workers through local organizations. A local pre-sale for the concert will take place on March 23 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Bowl box office.

For more information, visit:

4. THOMAS FIRE/FLOOD BENEFIT CONCERT WITH JACK JOHNSON PRE-SALE TICKETS: Although tickets for the Jack Johnson concert officially go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday, there’s a locals-only pre-sale February 9th for concertgoers with billing zip codes in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Those tickets can be purchased in person at the Santa Barbara Bowl box office at 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and online from 6 p.m. to midnight.

For more information, visit

5. NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS: The 93108 Fund has been established to support local workers and families in Montecito, whose daily work lives have been impacted by the fire and mudslides.

Contact Information: Visit: to donate.

6.FUNDRAISER BENEFTING THE ELLEN MONTECITO DISASTER FUND: This Sunday, February 11 from 12-4 pm. Join Advanced Veterinary Specialists in support of those affected by the recent fires and mudslides throughout Santa Barbara and Montecito.Funds will be raised through donations, a local raffle, enjoying Oreana wines, and more. Additionally, AVS will match funds raised in a donation of their own to further support recovery efforts.

Contact Information: Visit:

7. CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER: Impact Hub is hosting a Casino Night Fundraiser to Benefit the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide Victims. Wear Red for Community Unity, Food, Wine.

Contact Information:RSVP for your tickets here:

8. SUPPORT THE SUTTHITHEPA FAMILY: Your Choice Restaurant will give 100% the proceeds of any purchase between 5:00-8:30 pm Wednesday, January 31 to benefit the Sutthithepa family who lost everything in the Montecito Mudslides.

Contact Information: 3404 State Street.

9. 2018 KICKOFF: COMMUNITY COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE: Thomas Fire & Flood Benefit: Sip your favorite cocktail on the Canary Hotel rooftop at a fundraising event to benefit the United Way of Santa Barbara's Thomas Fire Fund.

Date: January 20, 2018 Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Kimpton Canary Hotel

Contact Information: For more information and to buy tickets, visit Community Cocktails for a Cause

10. SUPPORT BRE’OSH BAKERY: "Support Bre'Osh- Saving Community." Because 90% of our revenue comes from the shop, the bakery is now in jeopardy (if nothing is done). To reach this goal while we are facing our current responsibilities we need to raise $60,000 to ensure the future of Bree’Osh at Montecito.

To donate: Click on the link: Support Bre'Osh Bakery

11. RECOVERY: For those affected by the Thomas Fire/Mudslides, the Montecito Country Mart will offer FREE new and gently used clothing and footwear from 11-7 pm through March 31st.

Contact Information and to volunteer: Visit:

12. DONATIONS:SBIFF in conjunction with Foodbank of Santa Barbara County for this year’s festival. Foodbank bins are available all day for donation at the Arlington Theatre during the festival. Let's give back together.

Contact Information: Visit: or Call 805-967-5741.

13. DONATIONS:United Way of Santa Barbara offers a list of Santa Barbara organizations accepting monetary or in-kind donations to help victims of the Thomas Fire/Flood.

Website: and scroll down to How to Support Recovery Efforts and click on the second link under GIVE.

14.EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION: The Foodbank has partnered with the American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast and Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management to ensure those in Montecito and affected areas have access to healthy food until residents can to return to their homes and businesses. The Foodbank stands ready to provide food support throughout the recovery process.

Website: and scroll down to How to Support Recovery Efforts and click on the second link under GIVE.

15. BOOK DONATIONS: Planned Parenthood Central Coast Book Sale is giving away FREE books to anyone affected by the Montecito Mudslide & the Thomas Fire on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 12:00- 3:00.

Contact Information: 5726 Thornwood Drive, Goleta warehouse.

16. DONATIONS AND SUPPORT:Unity Shoppe is accepting and giving new clothing, personal toiletries, and nonperishable food, as well as providing information on available services and support for those recovering from the flood and effects like job loss.

Contact Information: Call 805-965-4122 or

17. DONATION DISTRIBUTION:United Way plans a Santa Barbara distribution in February, partnering with the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBCVOAD).

Contact Information: Contributors can donate at and by texting UWVC to 41444. Or send checks to United Way of Santa Barbara County, 320 East Gutierrez Street, S.B., CA 93101. Write “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line.

18. FURNITURE: Coastal Hideaways is offering those affected by the Thomas Fire/Flood FREE furniture from their Goleta warehouse.

Contact Information, visit: or call 805-448-1999.


1. SUPPORT & RECOVERY: The Montecito Center for Preparedness, Recovery and Rebuilding opened March 8, 2018 to serve as a central source of support, information and resources for residents, businesses, employees and communities affected by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. Open to Montecito and non-Montecito residents. No income restrictions for mental health services.


Contact Information: 1283 Coast Village Circle in the Lower Village of Montecito. Call 805-845-7887 or email

2. GRIEF COUNSELING & SUPPORT: Hospice of Santa Barbara
Trained Hospice counselors are making themselves available to those who have lost a loved one or are struggling with grief or any other kind of loss through phone and in-person counseling.


Contact Information: Call 805-563-8820; OR visit the Family Assistance Center at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E Constance St. or the home office at 2050 Alameda Padre Serra.

The team is a collaboration of 13 agencies working together to provide mental health support to those affected by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow incidents. More information on the Community Wellness Team, including where to access services is available on the Ready SBC website under Health and Safety.


4. RESPITE & SANCTUARY SPACE: Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
Free admission to gardens for meditation and community support for those affected by the floods. Offer is good until January 19. We have a call into the Garden to see if they will extend the date.


Contact Information: Email; Or call 805.682.4726 for more information.

4. MUSEUM ENTRANCE: In light of the recent tragic events affecting our entire community, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is offering FREE admission through February 28—in the belief that the power of art will provide solace, tranquility of mind, healing, and a source of inspiration going forward.

Contact Information: Visit:


1. CalWORKS offers cash aid to eligible families to help pay for housing, food and additional expenses.

For more information, visit:

2. Lost Records and Certificates: California Department of Public Health-Vital Records (CDPH) works to replace crucial records such as birth, marriage and death certificates.

For more information, visit:

3. Lost Identification and Vehicle Documents: California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will help replace DMV documents such as driver liscences, ID’s, vehicle registration and certificates of title.

For more information, visit: or call 916-561-8848.

4. Assistance for Seniors: The California Department of Aging coordinates services to seniors and adults with disabilities.

For more information, visit: or call 916-419-7500.

5. Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. The application period is open to Sept. 15th.

Visit the website to apply:


1. Free Insurance Claim Workshop: Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is hosting the workshop to give people who have been having trouble getting their insurance needs met a chance to meeting with a Department of Insurance representative.

Information: The event will be Saturday, February 3rd from 4-6pm at the Fe Bland Forum in the Business Community Building on SBCC’s West Campus. It’s best if you make an appointment by calling 1-800-927-4357 or visit:

2. Santa Barbara Association of Realtors is working with CAR and the Insurance Commissioner and is offering up-to-date information on insurance coverage and claims.


Contact Information: Call 805-963-3787

3. Dave Jones: issues formal notice to insurers regarding mudslide coverage for homeowners.



1. EYE EXAMS AND GLASSES: The Eyeglass Factory is offering FREE basic eyeglasses and eye exams for flood survivors who need them.

Contact Information: Call (805) 965-9000 or visit 1 S. Milpas St.

2. MATTRESS AND BED FRAMES: Lull is donating FREE Mattresses and Bed Frames to anyone directly affected by the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara.
Contact Information: Please email so they can coordinate directly with you.

3. HOUSEHOLD GOODS: Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering 25% off an entire purchase to those impacted by the flood with proof of a claim. Questions, ask for the manager, Ernesto.

Contact Information: Visit:

4. BEAUTY CARE PRODUCTS: Skin Deep is offering 30% discount to evacuees.

Contact Information: Visit:

5. SHAMPOO AND BLOW-DRYS: Walter Claudio Studio is offering FREE shampoo and blow-drys to first responders and evacuees.

Contact Information: Visit: or call 805-963-7579

6. 10% OFF HAIR SALON SERVICES IN EXCHANGE FOR DONATIONS: Edge Salon Salonoffers 10 percent off any service for patrons who bring new clothing or nonperishable food to give to Unity Shoppe to give to flood victims.

Contact Information: Call 805-681-8100 or visit 5779 Calle Real, Goleta.

7. MONTECITO GIFT CERTIFICATES: The Axxess Card is s selling gift certificates for businesses in Montecito & Summerland. Your purchase of a gift certificate provides immediate cash flow for the businesses TODAY - when they need our support most. These certificates are available to everyone (not just Axxess Members) so please tell your friends. As a thank you from the business, most of the certificates include an extra 10% or more in value.They're adding more each day, so come back often.

Contact Information: Visit:

8. ICE CREAM: McConnell’s Ice Cream Creamis offering FREE ice cream to evacuees and first responders. 728 State Street


1. VCA Urgent Care Specialty & Emergency Hospital. For those who have been displaced, VCA is offering FREE boarding for small animals.



1. Rental Guide: Please email us at for our Rental Guide, a comprehensive list of rental agency websites.

2. Santa Barbara Association of Realtors:
For those looking for rental accommodations in an easy-to access list, click on the red button featured on that says, “View All Furnished Rentals” for current listings.

Website: OR visit the direct link at SBAOR Rentals

Contact Information: Citizens who have available rentals can email AniPollack at with information.

3. Preferred Rentals: For those who have lost homes, Preferred Rentals is offering to waive their fee to receive their rental list if you call them directly.


Contact Information: Call 805 965-8631

4. Towbes Group: The Towbes Group is offering those who have been displaced by the Thomas Fire/Flood 50% off of fully furnished rentals for 90 days at their Goleta apartment development.

Contact Information: Call the corporate office at 805-962-2121 and ask for Jim Carrillo.


1. Storm Evacuee Hotel Special Rates as of 3/19/18: Mention your evacuee status at any of the participating Santa Barbara hotels and receive a special rate. Subject to availability.

Click on the PDF for Hotel Information: Storm Evacuee Hotel Rate List.

2. Santa Barbara Travel Bureau will make free lodging or transportation arrangements for evacuees to, within, or outside Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Contact Information: 1028 State Street or call 805 -966-3116.

3. Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce Commercehas a list of hotels offering discounts to people out of their homes.Visit:; call (805) 965-3023 or email


1. The Bucket Brigade is a community volunteer organization offering assistance to homeowners whose properties were affected by the 1/9 Debris Flow.

Contact Information: For homeowners, email and write NEED HELP in the Subject line and for volunteering opportunities, write VOLUNTEER in the Subject line.


2. Offer support with the United Way through Volunteer SB. Visit website for more information.


3. Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara is accepting applications to volunteer. One of the volunteer opportunities is helping to clean up areas that were affected by the 1/9 Debris Flow. Visit website to sign up.


*Thank you to Assemblymember, Monique Limon, for mailing out her “Natural Disaster Recovery Resources” guide. We have included some of her resources in this guide.

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