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CFA Disaster Relief Fund
There are also disaster relief funds available directly through CFA and displaced members should contact CFA directly for further information.

Members of the California Faculty Association who are affected by the fires are eligible to apply for disaster relief funding through the SEIU Disaster Relief Fund. The fund is maintained by affiliated local unions from across the country, including CFA, to help union members experiencing hardship resulting from a natural disaster. Eligibility requirements can be viewed on the SEIU Disaster Relief Fund website (see above). You can access the application here.

There are also disaster relief funds available directly through CFA and displaced members should contact CFA directly for further information.

The California Faculty Association recognizes that many of our union members suffer financial hardships as a result of natural disasters in our state. The CFA Board of Directors has set aside limited financial resources to provide support to members who have experienced hardship as a result of disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. The goal of this fund is not to replace insurance or governmental assistance, but to provide a supplemental reimbursement for those unusual costs which often stretch our budgets.

Available Assistance

Eligible members can receive two types of assistance up to the maximum amount(s):

  • Housing Assistance: cost of temporary housing or repair to existing housing. Maximum assistance amount: $500 per CFA member
  • Other Needs Assistance: costs of disaster related expenses and serious needs including medical and dental expenses, funeral and burial costs, repair or replacement of household items such as clothing, furniture, necessary occupational tools and educational materials, costs for clean-up, excess utility costs, and other disaster related expenditures. Maximum assistance amount: $1,000 per CFA member

No single member shall receive more than $1,500 in assistance (per incident). Members sharing living quarters or otherwise sharing financial responsibility for each other shall be limited to a maximum of $2,000 per household and must submit forms separately.

Eligibility Requirements

Membership: The CFA membership office will verify you are a member in good standing. A “member of good standing” means you have been a dues paying CFA member for a minimum of six months in the last two years.The months of membership do not need to be consecutive.

Incurred Loss: Your current or previous residence must have been located in a California city or county affected by the disaster during the last twelve (12) months and any losses claimed should have been caused by the natural disaster or its immediate consequences.

Documentation: Actual receipts or other 3rd party documentation for the amounts being requested must be provided to document an actual expense. This may include service orders for repairs completed, rent statements, cancelled checks, or other statements from vendors and service providers.

All documentation should include a name, address, and phone number for the service provider or retailer, who must actually receive payment from you for the service or item.

(For example: we cannot reimburse for repairs performed by a neighbor or family member even if they provide you with an “invoice” for the value of the repairs unless you actually paid cash for the service.)

Application Instructions

Complete the application and submit and if you have any questions Email to: membership@calfac.org