ACCESS Fire Relief and Recovery Program FAQs
What is the ACCESS Fire Relief and Recovery Program?
ACCESS is currently working to connect low-income Jackson County residents who have been displaced or have lost their homes due to the fires with temporary housing assistance, deposit assistance, and rent relief and on assisting low-income Jackson County residents who have been affected by the fires with food, essentials, and relief resources.
How do I apply for the ACCESS Fire Relief and Recovery Program?
Please call (541) 414-0309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a call back within 48 business hours (please note that weekends and holidays are not included in that 48 hour call back time).
Do I qualify for assistance?
Applicants must fall within Federal School Lunch Program income guidelines (300% of federal poverty guidelines). Applicants must also have lived or worked in fire affected zones or have lost housing due to the fires.
Why does ACCESS have an income requirement?
As the Community Action Agency for Jackson County, our mission is to serve the low-income population. ACCESS provides food, warmth, shelter, and other essential services to Jackson County’s low-income children, families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. We also stay connected to community partners and other resources so that we can refer neighbors who may not meet the requirements of the programs ACCESS offers.
Do you share personal information with other providers?
Only with the client’s authorization. A release of information is recommended but not required for this program. The release of information helps us to streamline services with other organizations.
What other services may be available for me?
When we screen our neighbors who reach out for assistance, we screen them for all of the Rental Assistance Programs we offer. If a neighbor qualifies for different programs than Fire Relief we will discuss those options with them. Our goal is to ensure that we help as many of our community members as we can and also to ensure we are being true to the purposes behind our funding.
Many of the folks who have reached out for Fire Relief have, unfortunately, also been affected by COVID, so we have been able to help them using that funding stream. Our goal is to have a long term, lasting impact on the lives of our low-income neighbors who need our help the most.
How much money has been gifted to ACCESS for the Fire Relief and Recovery Program?
Overall, ACCESS’s Fire Relief and Recovery Program has received $285,000 in donations. Every dollar donated for Fire Relief goes to that purpose. We are currently in the process of helping more than 200 families move towards the next step in recovery. The fund has provided both emergency and sustaining food (including over 100,000 meals), hotel vouchers, rental deposits and rental assistance to families impacted by the devastating fires.
How is my donation used?
All donations made to ACCESS are accounted for and used per the donor’s instructions. Donations made to ACCESS for the Fire Relief and Recovery Fund are restricted to assisting only low-income households impacted by the fires. If a donation is made to ACCESS that is undesignated, it is used where the funds are needed most. For example, if our Food Bank is in need of funding, an unrestricted donation would be used to purchase food.
Please call (541) 774-4323 or email email@example.com if you have questions or would like to make a donation.