It is a New Year, and we continue to work towards finding a new life path for those we help support and whose home was lost in the Camp Fire. Some have found new apartments, and for those served by CVI and are currently living in Williams Migrant Community there is good news. With the help of donations and insurance money, CVI is in the process of purchasing new homes for the 40 people that are displaced.
The homes will be spread along the valley floor in neighborhoods in Oroville, Gridley, Orland and Corning. Their expertise in supporting people with autism will be a benefit to those communities.
Others who were in supported living and in independent living in Paradise are living in small FEMA camping trailers in our region. We need permanent housing in Red Bluff and Oroville. If you know of someone who has a rental and has not set the rent at unreasonably high prices, please let me know. There is nothing more important than a place you call your home.
The medically fragile clients living in Porterville are being well taken care of by the State. The two providers are working to re-open their ICF’s in Paradise as soon as water pressure and water quality issues are resolved.
Many Clients who lived in residential care homes in Paradise have moved to senior living arrangements in Redding. We were fortunate that so many of our clients were seniors and that resources were available in Redding.
The fate of our families remains unclear to us, many have moved to Redding, others are waiting for their property to be cleared so they can return to re-build in Paradise. Others have moved out of our region and some out of the state. Our community is scattered, we find them living in trailers at friends and relative homes, camp grounds and RV parks. We look to the growing edge, to the green of the fields that cover the black ash of our great loss and we see the promise of spring.