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Direct Relief Commits $100,000 to 805 UndocuFund; Equips First Responders in Wake of Wildfires, Mudslide


Montecito Mudslide

Smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire linger thick in the Santa Ynez air, miles from the front lines of the blaze. (Photo courtesy of Donnie Hedden)

Direct Relief has committed an initial $100,000 to assist undocumented residents in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties impacted by the Thomas Fire and mudslides through the 805 UndocuFund.

The Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides have placed a heavy toll on the lives and livelihoods of immigrant households. Farmworker housing was destroyed and damaged in the Thomas Fire and farm laborers and others employed in landscaping, hospitality, childcare and housekeeping industries have lost weeks of work due to hazardous smoke and road closures.

“Direct Relief extends its deepest sympathy to those in our community who have suffered losses to the Thomas Fire and tragic mudslides,” said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe. “Direct Relief is joining with CAUSE and pledging its support for the 805 UndocuFund with an understanding that disasters often weigh heaviest on the most vulnerable among us, as well as a commitment to doing whatever it takes to help our community avoid an even deeper setback.”

The UndocuFund will assist local residents who are excluded from federally-funded assistance programs because of immigration status. The fund is modeled after a similar effort that has assisted over 1,000 immigrant families affected by the Tubbs Fire in Northern California.

The 805 UndocuFund was established by immigrant-serving organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties including CAUSE, MICOP and Future Leaders of America, with support from the McCune Foundation and the Ventura County Community Foundation.

Funding from Direct Relief will be split between efforts to assist undocumented people in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

A third of those killed in the Jan. 9 mudslides were from immigrant families working in service jobs, according to the Associated Press. Many others have been impacted by the loss of housing and other economic impacts.

Search and Rescue Crews Drive Through Montecito on a Ruggedized Utility Vehicle Donated by Direct Relief.

In addition to the $100,000 committed to CAUSE, Direct Relief has equipped first responders with specifically requested gear to aid the rescue and recovery efforts.

To date, Direct Relief’s response includes:

  • Six utility vehicles (UTVs) distributed for first responders in the Montecito Fire Department, Santa Barbara County and City Fire Departments, and Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue. These vehicles were specifically requested by each department and allowed first responders to continue their search and rescue operations in extreme terrain. All vehicles were purchased from Santa Barbara Motorsports, which sold each at a discount.
  • Direct Relief has also allocated $20,000 to purchase other equipment, including water rescue gear, inflatable kayak, safety lights, rope systems and more. These items came from several vendors, including companies in the Central Coast region, including CMC Rescue, WolfPack Gear, and the Wharf.
  • Tetanus vaccines have been delivered to the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, who have been administering the vaccines, free of charge, to anyone impacted by the mudslide in Montecito.

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