Financial Support

Residents affected by the Woolsey Fire may be eligible for financial assistance or support from various government agencies, including the California Department of Insurance, FEMA, and SBA. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA is actively contacting California Wildfire survivors to determine their housing needs, and working diligently to identify additional short-term and long-term housing options. Residents can start the recovery process by registering at or calling 800-621-3362 or at the DRC.

Application Deadline

The deadline to register for FEMA services is January 11, 2019.



Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. SBA representatives are available at the DRC to assist Malibu residents with their SBA application.


The deadline to register for SBA support is January 11, 2019. Residents must first register with FEMA and provide SBA with their FEMA registration number.


California Department of Insurance (CDI)

CDI staff are available to help fire victims with insurance related issues at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and at the CDI office.

Residents are advised to work with their insurance agent, insurer claims adjuster, and insurer with a goal of achieving a settlement that you believe is fair and consistent with your coverage.  If there are questions about your insurance or a dispute with your insurer, you can call CDI at 800-927-4357.  The CDI website includes guides to help you understand some of the key insurance coverage terms that typically apply, prepare for the process of making and settling a claim, and avoid some of the pitfalls that can occur along the way.



Malibu Emergency Relief Fund

The Malibu Emergency Relief Fund is designed to support our most vulnerable neighbors whose lives and livelihood were affected by the Woolsey Fire, focusing on those with demonstrated, immediate emergency needs. Funds are intended to be used for immediate emergency relief, including interim housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, medical supplies or school materials, or other approved immediate needs. The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM) is working together with state and local officials to administer the Malibu Emergency Relief Fund.

Additional information about the Fund and the application process is available on the BGCM website at


Complete an application in person at:

Depart Foundation

3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844

Malibu CA 90265

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM