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  

Subsidized Housing List Opens.  Butte County Housing Authority opened their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List for Camp Fire Survivors only. Verification that your household was displaced by the Camp Fire will be required to be on the Wait List. You may complete and submit the application online, no later than April 30, 2019.  

RV Parking (available first come, first serve).  Updated 3/4/19.  Lime Saddle Playground at Oroville Lake is now accepting RVs on a first come, first serve basis.  Please call 530-538-7572 for more information. 

Additional Assistance.  Arc of Butte County is going through its second round of assistance program. A pre-qualified applicant in the first round should be getting an e-mail or text. If not, then they should call 1-800-733-2767 and press 5.  

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:  

  • FEMA benefitsIf you feel that you are eligible, you can apply by calling 800-621-3362 or visiting FEMA's website.  
  • 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
  • Illegal rent increases for tenants living in the disaster area
  • 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.  The former Chico DRC location is now a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) as of March 5, 2019.  FEMA is no longer on site.  The DLOC is located at 1982 E. 20th Street.  Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are in need of further resources or referrals, please contact Butte Employment Center to speak with a case worker from U.S. Health and Human Services at 2445 Carmichael Dr, Chico, California.

Disaster Declarations:

To qualify for additional protections, relief, and other benefits, you must living or working in or near a disaster area as designated by the State and/or Federal Government.  Proof of the Camp Fire's designation is linked below:

State of California's Disaster Declaration on November 8, 2018 (Governor's Office site)

Federal Disaster Declaration on November 12, 2018 (FEMA site)

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.  

Pro Bono Volunteers: 

LSNC is seeking private attorneys who live within driving distance of the Camp Fire 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.