This groundbreaking project, set to launch in June of 2024, will employ trained underserved workers with family-sustaining wages to assess and create 0-30 ft of defensible space around 75 to 100 homes of underserved residents living in select areas of Sonoma County, at no cost to the resident. 

The crews will be completing the work in the Sonoma’s Boyes Hot Springs area in June, July and August of 2024; and in the Cloverdale area August, September and October of 2024. The locations where this project will be deployed consist of High or Very High Fire Severity Zones and are areas considered underserved or priority areas by Sonoma County.

Boyes Hot Springs Area

Click the link below to open the Boyes Hot Springs Area Map. The communities within the red shaded areas East of Highway 12 is the project area. For example, Agua Caliente, Fetters Hot Springs, Boyes Hot Springs, Verano, and Agua Caliente Canyon.

Cloverdale Area

Map coming soon!


ELEGIBILITY

There are two eligibility criteria in addition to the geographic area limitations. To be eligible for this project, the property must be within a High Fire Severity Zone, or Very-High Fire Severity Zone according to CAL Fire, and the homeowner/occupant must be of; low-income; or be a senior; or be disabled; or be a minority.

Fire Severity Qualifier

To see if your home meets the High Fire Severity Zone, or Very-High Fire Severity Zone criteria, click on the CAL Fire Fire Hazard Severity Zone Map Viewer Link and put in your address to check: (Hint: Use the address lookup box on the top left of the map viewer.)
https://calfire-forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=988d431a42b242b29d89597ab693d008

If you are having trouble, here is a link to a CAL Fire Fire Hazard Zone Tutorial that shows you how to check: CAL Fire FHSZ Lookup Tutorial.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt6vU2u2pAY

Demographic Qualifier
Low Income:

Low Income limits below are based on Sonoma County State and Local Programs Income Limits 80% Area Median Income, effective June 1, 2024.

  • 1 person in household with an income of $77,500.00 or less
  • 2 people in household with combined income of $88,600.00 or less
  • 3 people in household with combined income of $99,650.00 or less
  • 4 people in household with combined income of $110,700.00 or less
  • 5 people in household with combined income of $119,600.00 or less
  • 6 people in household with combined income of $128,450.00 or less
  • 7 people in household with combined income of $137,300.00 or less
  • 8 people in household with combined income of $146,150.00 or less
Seniors:

For the purposes of this project, a “senior” or “elderly person” means an individual who is 65 years of age or older, as defined in Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 7150.

Disabled:

For the purposes of this project, an individual with a “disability” is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

Minority:

For the purposes of this project an “Underrepresented Minority” (URM) – is defined as a U.S. citizen who identifies as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian.

The project is a collaboration between North Bay Jobs with Justice, the Resilience Force, and Fire Safe Sonoma, bringing together a unique partnership resulting in a win-win project that will support both underserved workers and underserved residents who need defensible space fuel reduction work done.


To apply, click HERE.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to [email protected].


This project has eligibility requirements for the applicant(s) and ends on December 15, 2024, or once we treat 100 homes, or when we run out of funds, whichever occurs first.


Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program, through the California Fire Safe Council.

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