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Napa County residents with housing problems related to the 2017 wildfires can apply for grants in $500 increments up to $2,500.

The Golden State Financing Authority, working with the rural County Representatives of California, has made $130,000 available. Napa County previously distributed $248,500 in grants.

Households displaced from their primary residence for 30 days or more due to the fires are eligible. This includes renters who lost their residence because the landlord needed to live there following wildfire displacement.

Also eligible are households who are having trouble obtaining or maintaining housing because of income lost due to the wildfires.

The grants can pay for rental assistance, utility bills and home reconstruction repairs, among other things. Applicants may submit work orders or apply for reimbursement of expenses incurred since October 2017.

Go to www.countyofnapa.org to find the applications in both English and Spanish. Applicants must be postmarked by Nov. 14. Call 299-1975 or email jennifer.palmer@countyofnapa.org with questions.

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Napa County Reporter

Barry Eberling covers Napa County government, transportation, the environment and general assignments. He has worked for the Napa Valley Register since fall 2014 and previously worked 27 years for the Daily Republic of Fairfield.