Sonoma County housing costs have increased on average 20% or more in the 2 months after the fire storm FOR EVERYONE. Few people can afford this. To mitigate that impact we need to create more housing units now for local residents and visitors.
City and county leaders have given us emergency housing policy Now it is up to us to adopt it and reverse the market pricing trends by creating new housing units. Television, radio and newspapers can play a very important role in the recovery too by educating people on the policy, which historically is never done well for several reasons.
To aid the relief effort, RVsWithoutBorders.org donated an RV to a family with triplets that are 1.5 years old. The parents have been sleeping in a cab-over camper due to their unique situation while the kids slept in the house bedroom after being displaced by the Redwood Complex Fire on October 8th.
Here’s our full story covered by Rob Malcolm and Will Finson at KTVU (This is the original story which is a bit longer on their website.) I’m so grateful they shared our story so that we can help others.
We have more RVs to offer, but without a permit, we won’t offer an RV. We value our relationship with the building departments and being allowed to do this is based on trust to work with them to help others within the framework they offer.
If you have a property available to home host an RV, please visit RVsWithoutBorders.org/Host. You will be given some applicants to consider, tools to screen your new friends, forms to create a landlord-tenant relationship and guidance on obtaining a temporary dwelling permit. This information can be found by reading our emergency housing guide here at TipsFromSurvivors.org/RVGuide
It is important to celebrate the HEROES OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY which are property owners offering their properties at or below market rates and the building departments that are working hard to support this.
We owe a special thanks to the County of Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino, and the cities of Windsor, Healdsburg, Sebastopol and Cloverdale building departments for quickly embracing temporary housing and leading the way toward recovery. ~ Hope is more than a feeling. Hope is about being empowered with options to thrive and recover.
Disaster recovery reminds me of the spirit of Christmas, by showing gratitude and kindness toward others… and to help where you can.
I hope the spirit of Christmas can be with us every day!
The video below tells the story of the donation. RVsWithoutBorders donated an RV to a family displaced by the recent firestorms at “The Annual Living Room Chili Cook-Off & Toy Drive.” (To see the full donation event, visit here.)
The video below is a musical tribute to thank everyone for supporting this event. Event was at the Farmer’s Grange in Sebastopol, 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.
This video below is for my friends in building departments. Our original videos are so long, but I wanted you to know how grateful we are that you are willing to be innovative. Non-supportive building codes and lack of adequate insurance for the real cost of a loss are crippling our housing market. Our ability to sustain this current trajectory is unlikely. Thanks for your willingness to bring some common sense to do the right thing for us all in spite of these complex challenges.
Making something like this happen takes a ridiculous amount of dedication and effort. Being part of this event was one of the most fulfilling events of my life. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this.
Learn more about hosting an RV by visiting: RVsWithoutBorders.org/host
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