This website provides centralized information for resources for Santa Cruz County residents affected by the fires: https://santacruzlocal.org/wildfire/ This can all be found on the landing page of the website, but here are some quick suggestions:
- Santa Cruz County Human Services benefits hotline: 1-888-421-8080
- Evacuees may be eligible for CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps.) Apply at calfresh.org. Apply by phone at 1-888-421-8080 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Information is at santacruzhumanservices.org.
- Federal assistance for individuals and businesses: Santa Cruz County residents affected by the wildfire may be eligible for temporary and permanent housing, crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance and other help. Register at DisasterAssistance.gov Registration for federal assistance is here in Spanish. Call 1-800-621-3362 for help or questions.
• Visit Santa Cruz County has a regional hotel availability list that is updated hourly. Visit San Jose also has a hotel availability list.• No-cost shelter may be available through Airbnb. Registration and information here.• Free hotel rooms throughout the Bay Area are available for evacuees. Proof of residency is required. Hotels may allow for pets, but check first. Transportation and food may be available. To register, visit one of the official county shelters here to get an application.• The American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region may be able to help with hotel vouchers. Call 1-800-733-2767.• A Santa Cruz church network has a public spreadsheet with a list of people and churches offering places to stay.• For those unable to secure alternative accommodations: Santa Cruz County has a list of official county shelters. The list is updated frequently with availability.
Shelters are open to county residents. Pets are welcome under the owner’s control and preferably with a pet carrier. Behavioral health specialists will be on site for support.
Lift Line provides transportation to shelters and other safe locations. Call 831-688-9663.