GRANTS TO LIMITED-INCOME SENIORS FOR HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVAL STILL AVAILABLE

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 02, 2018 / comments

[Carla Hass]

(PLACERVILLE, CA) – Funding is still available for eligible seniors living in high hazard areas specific to tree mortality, including South Lake Tahoe, Camino, Pollock Pines, Somerset, Garden Valley, Greenwood and Georgetown. Depending on their situation, low-income senior citizen property owners may benefit from the County’s Hazardous Tree Removal Program.

“The tree mortality issues in our county remain very serious. Recent reports estimate a growing number of effected trees in El Dorado County. We’re just happy to have this program available to assist private homeowners, especially our seniors with limited income who have no other means to remove dead or dying trees from threatening damage to their homes,” said Supervisor, Michael Ranalli, who is the Board’s representative on Governor Brown’s Tree Mortality Task Force.

All applicants must be 60 years of age or older, own the property on which they reside and have incomes at or below 60% of the County’s area median income.

Funding for the program comes from a California Department of Forestry (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.

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.

“The County estimates the funding received from CAL FIRE could remove up to 42 trees, hopefully more. For now, we’ll be limited to removing two (2) trees per property” said Creighton Avila, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. “Preliminary inspections have begun,” said Avila, “but there is still time to submit an application to participate in the program.”

Qualified homeowners must complete an application packet available from the County which asks for documentation concerning employment and income sources 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.