UPDATE: At this time we are no longer offering donated or loaned RVs.
Following the Northern California firestorms of 2017 housing costs increased over 30% 2 months after the fire storm.
After a disaster FEEMA and insurance companies are willing to pay above market rates for rentals to house the displaced. Also visiting contractors can outnumber those displaced, and they also often pay above market rates.
This results in a housing crisis for the WHOLE ECONOMY, NOT JUST THE DISPLACED. To mitigate that impact we need to create MORE housing units immediately.
I’ve participated in emergency response for the past 3 years following the largest firestorms in our state’s history. As a result of my participation, I have significant experience that can help improve this problem by advocating for the use of tiny homes that look like cottages, but are built to RV code.
I have been speaking to boards of supervisors and councils, industry associations for tiny homes and RVs, HUD, and more about how to support this. There is a strong and positive response to my current proposal, but time and resources are required on my part to make it happen.
An Example of Several Lives Positively Impacted ~ Redwood Complex Fire 2017
A family lost their rental home in the Redwood Valley Complex Fire in October of 2017. The parents have the unique challenge of raising 1.5 year old triplets. They were sleeping in a cab-over camper due to their unique situation, while the kids slept in the parent’s house bedroom after being displaced.
The mom and dad both work full time and could not afford replacement housing because they were burdened by rental restrictions and an expensive housing market.
The day their beautiful triplets were born, property management companies would no longer rent a 1 bedroom to them which was about all they could afford.
Within a month this family received a donated RV. The family’s goal now is to save money so that they can buy their own home within the next 2 years. I hope their dreams come true.
Video #1 ~ KTVU Christmas Day Story
Making something like this donation happen took a ridiculous amount of dedication and effort on my part without any compensation. However, giving an RV to this family was a very significant event that I will always cherish. These parents have a very challenging task of raising triplets. Seeing such toddler cuteness made the immense sacrifice worthwhile.
Video #2 ~ Event Music Tribute to Everyone Who Supported Emergency Housing Aid
There was unlimited good cheer and homemade chili tasting, a silent auction, games for kids, live music and more to help fire survivors and the previously homeless served by The Living Room Center.
I hope the spirit of Christmas can be with us every day!
Video #3 ~ Family Sees Their RV for First Time
The short video below tells the story of the donation. RVsWithoutBorders and TipsFromSurvivors donated an RV to a family displaced by the recent firestorms at “The Annual Living Room Chili Cook-Off & Toy Drive.” The Living Room was the non-profit that provided 501c3 status for the title transfer.
Video #4 ~ Presenting the RV Donation and Acknowledging Community Support