BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County Board of Supervisors approved $2.5 million in governmental and philanthropic grants Tuesday. The county will be working to set up a program for Camp Fire survivors who are still in need of receiving case management services, according to a press release from the North Valley Community Foundation.
The North Valley Community Foundation has contributed a grant of nearly $1.3 million to make it all happen. The funding will allow the county to utilize 57 AmeriCorps volunteers and attempt to eliminate a load of requests seeking case management help.
Butte County estimates the grant will provide case management services for at least 1,400 individuals or families impacted by the fire, the NVCF announced in a press release.
A lack of case managers provided by the government after the fire has been a nearly 18-month issue. The Butte Strong Fund and NVCF have paid for 21 case managers and support positions for agencies working with Camp Fire survivors.
AmeriCorps will provide the 57 three-quarters time caseworkers and the NVCF will fund $1.276,459 -- more than half of the $2.5 million total.
“This program will allow trained AmeriCorps volunteers who are supervised by the Department of Employment and Social Services to begin working with households who have been waiting for a disaster case manager to help them navigate this complex recovery process," said Kim DuFour, program officer for NVCF.