Camp Fire Butte County Resources

Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income residents and seniors affected by the Camp Fire. If you have a legal issue, please feel free to reach out to us by phone at 530-345-9491 or 800-345-9491, or in-person at our office located at 541 Normal Avenue in Chico. If you need help outside of normal business hours, please call our after hours line at 866-815-5990.

Affordable Homes.  Habitat for Humanity is building homes for lower income people affected by the fire.  You must attend a mandatory orientation.  Applications are due May 17th.  For more information, please visit buttehabitat.org.  

Legal Needs:

LSNC is here to help low income residents and seniors affected by the Camp Fire with civil legal issues related to housing, health care, government benefits, and the following disaster-related issues:  

  • Illegal rent increases ("price gouging") for tenants
  • FEMA benefitsIf you feel that you are eligible, you can apply by calling 800-621-3362 or visiting FEMA's website.   If you were denied FEMA, please call our office for assistance.
  • Expedited unemployment benefits for displaced workers who lived or worked in the disaster area.  This includes workers who were self-employed.
  • Expanded benefits for CalWORKs recipients, including homeless assistance and immediate need payments.  For a full list of disaster-related enhanced benefits, click here 
  • Expedited access to CalFRESH benefits, also known as Food Stamps
  • Legal information for renters with units that were destroyed, redtagged, damaged, or who were forced to evacuate 
  • Insurance claims for low income renters or homeowners
  • Medi-Cal and Medicare disaster-related benefits, including medication and durable medical equipment replacement

Local Assistance Center (LAC) and Disaster Relief/Recovery Centers (DRC) are now closed.  

Pro Bono Volunteers: 

LSNC is seeking private attorneys who would like to volunteer their time to assist low income people affected by the fire.  Please contact our Pro Bono Coordinator at [email protected] for additional information. 

Do you need something else?  Please contact Butte County's 2-1-1 line if you are located in Butte or Glenn Counties.  If you are calling from outside of Butte or Glenn Counties, call 1-866-916-3566 for assistance or visit Butte County Recovers website.