❉ C.A.R. ready to help California REALTOR® family wildfire victims

Please join Bay East and the California Association of REALTORS® in helping our neighbors impacted by the fires currently burning in Northern California.

Here is some information from C.A.R.:

The devastating fires that raged through eight counties in Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Mendocino, and Lake, yesterday have destroyed more than 1,500 structures and taken several lives. A wildfire in Southern California also destroyed numerous homes. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency just a few hours after the fires began.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected, especially those in the REALTOR® family.

C.A.R. stands ready to assist REALTORS® who have been impacted by these wildfires through its Disaster Relief Fund, and REALTOR® family members can apply for grants from the fund. The Association established the fund in the wake of the 2003 California wildfires. Grants provided by the fund are used to help members of the REALTOR® family — REALTORS®, their staff, and Association members and their staff — who have incurred substantial losses due to wildfires and other disasters by distributing grants of $1,000 to $10,000. If you are a REALTOR® who has been impacted by the wildfires, you may make an application to request a grant from the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund by calling Sharlena Bernard at (213) 739-8297 or email

Any C.A.R. member wishing to help those in our REALTOR® family who have been harmed by the fires in California may click the Donate Now link below or make a contribution directly to California Community Foundation at 221 S. Figueroa St., Ste. 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please make checks payable to the California Community Foundation and write “C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund” on the Memo line.

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What To Do After the Fire

Apply for FEMA Disaster Relief Funds
Those affected by the California wildfire should apply for assistance by calling toll-free to (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Disaster victims may register by calling this number. You do not have to wait to go to a disaster assistance center. The number for speech and hearing impaired individuals is (800) 462-7585. Federal disaster assistance available for residents and businesses in the affected counties includes temporary housing assistance, disaster loans, and other needs assistance grants.

C.A.R. Legal Q&A: “Firestorms: Basic Real Estate Legal Issues”
To assist REALTORS® and their clients with some of the many legal questions which may arise, C.A.R.’s Legal Dept. has released a Legal Q&A entitled “Firestorms: Basic Real Estate Legal Issues.”

FHA Mortgage Insurance for Disaster Victims
The Section 203(h) program allows the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure mortgages made by qualified lenders to victims of a major disaster who have lost their homes and are in the process of rebuilding or buying another home.

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
The California Office of Emergency Services provides information and links to various sites for information about assistance programs for wildfire victims.

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