Emergency Assistance

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

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Looking for Benefits? Answer questions to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

This handbook provides an overview of some of the issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires that swept Northern California in October 2017. Please note that this handbook is current through October 20, 2017 — but by the time you read this material, the federal, state, and county governments may have enacted additional measures to assist victims of the fires that may affect some of the information we present.

Find out how to acquire assistance and government benefit from FEMA's website.

People with losses from the fires in 7 counties can apply for one month of food benefits on a EBT card you can use at authorized grocery stores. Covered fires include those in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties. Grocery stores in those counties and six others (Contra Costa, Marin, Orange, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter) can allow Disaster CalFresh benefits to be used to purchase hot or prepared food, in addition to regularly allowable foods.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. You can also call the state hotline 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD).

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Apply online, by phone, or get a paper application mailed.