KPLR: They survived the California fires. Now, the crisis is finding housing

KPLR: They survived the California fires. Now, the crisis is finding housing
October 21, 2017 Peter

Laurie Martinez has slept in a tent every night since a fire ripped through her neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California. She walked several blocks to a local center on Wednesday to find out what help is available and began the process of piecing her life back together. “Everyone has to start over,” she said. She and her family were displaced by one of the massive Northern California fires last week. The fire didn’t discriminate. The most destructive fire in California history torched Santa Rosa’s high-end homes, middle-class neighborhoods and a mobile home park. It left the entire spectrum of the city’s population in distress as homes and businesses went up in flames. And because of the housing crunch gripping the San Francisco Bay Area, survivors of the fire are dealing with a different kind crisis: They have nowhere to go.

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