|RESOURCES AFTER RECENT MONTECITO MUDSLIDES
As many of you know, the Thomas Fire is 100 percent contained, but the areas it affected remain volatile and dangerous as a result of recent storms in Santa Barbara County. Two weeks ago, devastating mudslides took the lives of 21 people while 2 others still remain missing. One of the missing was recovered, deceased, over the weekend. The mudslides also caused severe damage to homes, personal property, critical infrastructure and peoples' livelihoods. It's been a difficult end of last year and beginning to the new year, but our community is resilient and strong and we will rebuild. Below are a number of resources for those directly impacted by the Thomas Fire and recent mudslides:
Are you unemployed or had your hours/income reduced as a result of the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Mudslide?
If so, apply for State Unemployment Insurance Benefits here .
If your application is rejected, EDD will automatically review your qualifications and submit a claim for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits which may help those affected by the disasters but who do not qualify for regular state unemployment insurance benefits. So make sure to apply!
Eligible applicants may qualify for a waiver of the standard one-week waiting period and may also be eligible to have their benefits backdated to the original date of unemployment caused by the disasters.
If you need assistance, please visit the Local Assistance Center at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara located at 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez #21, Santa Barbara, 93101. The office is staffed by the EDD and other federal, state, local agencies and organizations. It is open through February 3, 2018, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and closed Sundays. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my Santa Barbara district office at 805-965-0862.
Are you a California taxpayer affected by the wildfires, floods, and mudslides? If so, you receive more time to file, pay taxes.
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will have special tax relief for taxpayers impacted by Southern California wildfires, floods, and mudslides that began in December 2017. Affected taxpayers will be granted an extension to file 2017 California tax returns and make payments until April 30, 2018.
To apply, please visit: How to Claim a State Tax Deduction for your Disaster Loss.
For more information, please visit the Franchise Tax Board.
Here is a complete list of all qualifying disasters.
Additional Information and Resources
There are many other assistance programs available to individuals and businesses impacted by the Montecito Mudflows and Thomas Fire. Please visit http://wildfirerecovery.org/ for more information.
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District