Housing Relief for Farm Workers Impacted by the Almeda and Obenchain Fires
Seed Grants of up to $15,000 are available to agricultural workers who lost their homes in the fires. To be eligible, applicants must have been directly impacted by the Almeda and Obenchain Fires and be working at least a majority of their time in agriculture.
Applications are now being accepted and should be submitted by November 13 to be considered for the first round of funding which will be distributed by November 30.
Applications received after November 13 will be accepted a rolling basis and funds will be distributed contingent on donations received.
Applications can also be picked up at at the Fry Family Farm Store at 2184 Ross Ln, Medford, OR 97501 between 10am - 5pm.
About the Fund
With the outpouring of support of generous donors from around southern Oregon and around the world, we have has raised over $150,000 to help farmworkers replace their homes lost in the Almeda and the South Obenchain fires.
80% of all the funds donated are going to be given directly to farmworkers through the Our Family Farms Fire Relief Fund. 20% of funds will be reserved to support long term affordable housing solutions for agricultural workers. We are working with other community organizations on long term solutions. We will be sending updates as things progress.
With a pre-fire vacancy rate for rental properties at 1% and with colder weather fast approaching, Our Family Farms will continue to accept donations for the next several weeks to reach our goal of raising $200,000 which could support up to 20 farmworker families.
The board of directors at Our Family Farms are grateful for the generous support on this regenerative agricultural journey of community recovery and rebuilding.