Eligible victims of the Tea fire received another round of support from the Santa Barbara Tea Fire Response Fund, which disbursed roughly $98,250 in the fourth of five installments.
Most of those funds will support self-sufficiency and housing needs, while smaller portions will support miscellaneous household needs, school supplies and medical support.
We are please to report that we are on schedule getting this support out to those whose lives continue to be impacted by the Tea fire, George Leis, spokesman for the fund and president and CEO of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, said in a news release. During this recent phase, we were also pleased to have reached a number of people who did not know they were eligible for this assistance so generously donated by our community.
A total of $434,447 had been donated to the fund following the disastrous wildland fire in November of last year. A fifth and final distribution of the remaining funds $48,036 should take place by November 13.
Officials from United Way of Santa Barbara County, which is handling fiscal duties of administering the funds, noted that a total of 91 applications have been approved through the support fund.