Supporting families affected by disasters requires immediate, comprehensive and collaborative actions. Long after humanitarian aid organizations have completed their relief work, the need for quality shelter and housing remains for months and years. For more information on how Habitat for Humanity is responding to natural disasters in other areas, click here
In November, 2018, Los Angeles County experienced the most destructive fire in its history. Propelled by wind gusts of up to 70 mph, the 14-mile-wide Woolsey fire burned for 13 days before nearly 4,000 firefighters could contain it. It left behind a trail of devastation that covered 150 square miles.
As part of our 2017 expansion into the San Fernando Valley, Habitat LA joined the L.A. County Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, a coalition of community organizations and local government offices dedicated to helping those impacted by wildfires and other natural disasters. Ever since the fire was contained, we’ve been meeting with local residents to discuss the best way for us to help them rebuild their community.
We’re starting by helping the families whose homes were damaged by the fire but, not destroyed. Our expertise in home renovation equips us to build decks, ramps, and stairways leading to and from the mobile homes, and to replace drywall and other surfaces damaged by wind, soot, and smoke.