COUNTY MAKES IT EASIER FOR MORE SENIORS TO QUALIFY FOR HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVAL PROGRAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Carla Hass
August 29, 2018 530-621-4609
(PLACERVILLE, CA) –The County of El Dorado and the California Department of Forestry (CALFIRE) have agreed to expand and simplify the County’s Hazardous Tree Removal Program to benefit low-income senior property owners by raising the income limits and reducing the paperwork.
All applicants must be 60 years of age or older, own the property on which they reside as their primary residence, and have incomes at or below 80% of the County’s area median income (AMI). The limit was 60% of AMI. That means a household of two can now earn up to $51,300 and be eligible for the program.
Funding for the program comes from CALFIRE and Fire Protection State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRAFPF) and Tree Mortality (TM) Grant. El Dorado County received approximately $200,000 to help senior citizens, remove dead and dying trees that endanger their residence. Funding is available for eligible seniors living just about anywhere in the county. Exceptions are those homes within local Fire Safe Council Areas already being served with CALFIRE funding.
To meet the criteria under the Program, dead and dying trees must be: 1) greater than 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet in height; 2) must be within 300 feet of, and pose a structural threat to, the residence; and 3) must also be reasonably accessible by equipment or machinery.
“We want to remove as many eligible dead or dying trees as possible while funding is available” according to Creighton Avila, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. “Preliminary inspections and tree removal have begun,” said Avila, “but there is still time in the coming months to submit an application to participate in the program.”
Qualified homeowners must complete an application packet available from the County which asks for employment and income statements to establish eligibility for Program participation. Completed applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact the Community Development Services, Housing Community and Economic Development Program at (530) 621-5159.