The Kenwood Press
News: 09/01/2019

Funding from PG&E for living expenses



Now through Nov. 15, those displaced by the 2017 Northern California wildfires and 2018 Camp Fire can apply for aid through an independently administered Wildfire Assistance Program funded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). PG&E’s $105 million fund, approved by the judge in PG&E’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, is intended to help those who are either uninsured or need assistance with alternative living expenses or other urgent needs. To be eligible, homeowners must complete an application at www.norcalwildfireassistanceprogram.com.

Applicants can request a “Basic Unmet Needs” payment of $5,000 per household for victims who establish basic eligibility requirements and self-certify that they have at least $5,000 of unmet needs that have not been compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Payments are to support needs such as water, food, prescriptions, medical supplies and equipment, infant formula and diapers, personal hygiene items, and transportation fuels, beyond what FEMA covered in the days immediately following the declared disasters.

Those who receive basic payments may also qualify for a “Supplemental Unmet Needs” payment. These funds will be available only after “Basic Unmet Needs” payments have been issued. Supplemental payments will be available to individuals and families who currently face extreme or extraordinary circumstances as compared to others who were impacted by the 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

To qualify for the payments, applicants’ primary residence must have been within the boundary of the 2017 Northern California wildfires or the 2018 Camp Fire. Applicants also must establish proof of identity and certify that they are not requesting payments for an expense already paid for by FEMA.

The deadline to file for aid is Nov. 15, 2019.

The $105 million being provided by PG&E was made available from the company’s cash reserves. PG&E will not seek cost recovery from its customers.