Over the past few years, RCRC and its affiliate, Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA), have contributed $3.5 million in financial support to California’s rural counties and residents that have been impacted by devastating wildfires. These funds have been used in a variety of ways to assist those who have either lost their primary residence for an extended period of time or have otherwise experienced financial loss that impaired their ability to maintain housing in declared disaster areas. Counties recently impacted by devastating fires include Butte (where the Town of Paradise is located), Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Shasta, Yuba, and Lake Counties.

This week, GSFA received a progress report from the Town of Paradise that detailed how they have used their RCRC-provided grant funds to date. Nearly 150 families in the town have been assisted in having their home building permit fees reduced. The letter can be accessed here.