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The Family Resource Collective works with individuals and families in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley to build safe, healthy, and compassionate communities through education, resources, and advocacy. We offer a variety of services to meet each family and individuals needs. Our programs and services include food distribution, mental health counseling, parent education workshops, public benefits enrollment assistance, youth tutoring and more.
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Starting Monday, March 13, our Family Resource Collective centers will prioritize clients with storm-related needs in an effort to help residents impacted by the floods in the Pajaro Valley. We will also be helping people meet the March 16 deadline to submit FEMA claims for the January storms.
This might make wait times longer than usual. We appreciate everyone’s understanding.
Looking for information on storm preparedness? Click HERE.
Looking to donate to help Pajaro Valley residents? Please consider donating to Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation for Monterey County, or to us to help Pajaro residents with their immediate needs and their long-term recovery.
Donate to Community Foundation Santa Cruz County: cfscc.org/funds/disaster-fund
Donate to Community Foundation for Monterey County: bit.ly/3yBEqII
Donate to support Community Bridges’ storm response: communitybridges.org/donate
Santa Cruz County and Pajaro Valley residents who have been impacted by the winter storms through either damage to their apartment or home, or permanent or temporary loss of employment due to evacuations and/or storm damage may be eligible for local financial assistance.
Complete Community Bridges’ Damage Assessment Form to see if you qualify for help. Complete here online, or visit your nearest FRC location to fill it out in person.
Filling out this form will allow community groups and social service providers to prioritize your case based on needs, and refer your information to agencies that can support you with volunteers, cleanup tools, food, and financial assistance, among other things. Families and individuals who make less than 80% of the Area Median Income are currently being prioritized until more funding is made available.
Clients who have already filled out the Community Bridges Damage Assessments through our neighborhood outreach or community outreach events do not need to reapply.
President Biden authorized a major disaster declaration for Santa Cruz County on Jan. 14. The declaration is meant to assist local governments, nonprofits, families, and individuals in recovering from the recent winter storms through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants and Small Business Administration loans.
This may include financial assistance for cleanup and sanitation, repairs and other services for eligible agencies and households. Additional resources, including referral lists and legal aid, may be available.
FEMA applications must be submitted by March 16.
Need help applying for assistance or have questions about the process? Visit one of our FRC locations.
Community Bridges is providing cleanup tools and resources at our Family Resource Collective (FRC) locations to help our community recover from the devastating floods and mudslides produced by the recent unprecedented winter storms.
Community members can rent cleanup items such as air movers, dehumidifiers, wet/dry vacs, carpet cleaners, push brooms, and pressure washers, at no cost. Other single-use cleanup items, such as contractor bags, gloves, sponges, and disinfectant are also available for the community through generous support of Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, American Red Cross and Home Depot Foundation grants.
These items are available at the following FRCs (We ask that you call ahead and check for availability):
La Manzana Community Resources – 521 Main Street, Ste. Y, Watsonville | 831-724-2997
Live Oak Community Resources – 1740 17th Ave., Santa Cruz | 831-476-7284
Mountain Community Resources – 6134 Highway 9, Felton | 831-335-6600
To rent the equipment, simply complete a damage assessment form and liability release form at one of our FRC locations. Equipment is due and will need to be returned no more than of one week after check out or any time before then. We would like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to utilize the equipment.
Community Bridges purchased the majority of the cleanup items available for rent and disbursement through the use of strategic agency reserves. In an effort to expand the program, we are asking the community to donate lightly used tools and new single-use items for the cleanup effort.
Donations can be dropped off at any of our participating FRC locations.
Rent Relief applications through the State of California’s Housing is Key COVID-19 Rent Relief program are now closed. To check your status, click here.
If you need support with your application, call either of the following numbers to schedule an appointment with a local organization (Community Bridges, Community Action Board, or Families in Transition):
If you’re an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or you’re a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance through the Housing is Key CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.