New program aims to help bring back people to the ridge

People rebuilding in Paradise might see pre-construction costs drop thanks to a new program.

Posted: Feb 21, 2020 8:43 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Rebuild Paradise Foundation is working to make sure the middle class makes a comeback on the ridge.

People in the Camp Fire burn scar area, not just Paradise, can be eligible for this program.

"I think it’s a great thing for people like me who are still here or want to come back," Paradise resident Kent Sheppard said.

It's called the "Missing Middle Grant Program."

Organizers with the foundation say it’s a grant to help lower pre-construction costs for lower-income, lower-middle-class, and middle-class households who want to rebuild.

Property owner, Kent Sheppard lives in a trailer on his property.

Sheppard told Action News Now he hasn't decided if he wants to rebuild because of expense setbacks.

"Especially for the middle class or below its really frustrating," he said. "Money expense living in a trailer, I mean I'm spending double the money id spend if my house was still here... it's just so discouraging."

Discouraging enough that staff members with the foundation pushed to create this program. And they tell us people moved to paradise because it was an affordable place to live.

"I think it would give people a little bit more hope especially people like me to stay here I'm getting ready to hang up everything," Sheppard said.

The grant will reimburse up to $1,000 for surveying properties, $1,000 for access to water, and up to $2,000 for architecture and engineering related expenses.

"This absolutely helps the grant to help out with expenses every little bit helps," Sheppard said.

This grant could help Sheppard pay for some of those out of pocket costs to rebuild too.

​Major funding for the grant comes from the American Red Cross, Tri-Counties Bank, and numerous other individual donations.

All you have to do it apply, but applications must comply with guidelines that require a permit application on or after February 18th.

Find the application for affordable rebuilding program, CLICK HERE.

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