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Special Needs Assistance Program

The Special Needs Assistance Program is funded by grants. These grants specify income ceilings for participants, and further require the participants be physically unable to clear their property, have no other person to assist in the clearance, and cannot afford to hire a contractor to do the work.


The Fire Safe Council Will Provide Defensible Space Clean-Up for Nevada County Residents Who Are:

• Physically unable to create and maintain their defensible space    on their own

• Financially unable to hire a contractor, and are under the 2017   HUD Annual Income Guidelines:

     o 1 Person Income: $26,750/Yr = $2,229/Month
     o 2 Person Income: $30,550/Yr = $2,545/Month

• Over 65 years old or Physically Disabled (verified by receiving disability, handicap placards for vehicles, etc.)

The Fire Safe Council Will:

• Reduce the fire danger from immediately around the home and driveway to qualified residents

• Grant an initial one day defensible space clean-up to residents who qualify. Thereafter, maintenance of defensible space is not guaranteed and only available when all others, never receiving service, have been assisted

• Work with the homeowner to determine the work that the         workers will conduct

Our Workers Will:

• Create defensible space clearance of fire danger from                immediately around the home and driveways on the property

• Trim trees and brush

• Thin trees as needed

• Remove blackberries

• Conduct other hazardous fuel reduction as needed

Funds for this program are provided by the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Allstate Foundation, and a CAL FIRE State Responsibility Area Fee Grant.

How Do I Apply for the Special Needs Assistance Program?

• Contact the FSCNC office at (530) 272-1122 and leave your       name, address, and phone number, and a staff member will       mail you an application.

Download a Special Needs Assistance Program Application

• Adobe Reader required to view and print .pdf form. Obtain it        free from adobe.com

• Fill out the form and mail or fax it back to the FSCNC office

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
PO Box 1112
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Fax: (530) 272-3232

The Fire Safe Council office is located in the historic district of downtown Grass Valley in the Eagle Hose Fire Station.  This historic building has access limitations.  Please contact our staff to provide you services if you are disabled.