Mission Fire Assistance and Recovery

A fire broke out in San Francisco’s Mission District on the evening of January 28, 2015 and displaced many residents and businesses. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has a team of staff dedicated to supporting and assisting merchants and businesses as they work to recover and eventually re-open for business.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Federal Disaster Loans for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses of All Sizes

ASISTENCIA DE DESASTRE: Prestamos de Desastre para Dueños de Hogares, Inquilinos y Negocios de Todos Tamaños

Insurance Basics for Businesses after a Fire & Free Legal Consultation

Información Básica Para Negocios Sobre Seguros Después de un Incendio y Consultas con un Abogado Gratuitas

For Businesses

Businesses that have been affected by the fire may qualify for a small disaster low interest loan to repair and replace items that were damaged or destroyed by the fire through the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information and to access forms, please visit www.sba.gov

For merchants and businesses that need assistance in filling out the disaster declaration forms, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development can guide you through the process and provide language assistance, as needed.

Businesses can contact Francis Chan, (415) 816-3816 or francis.c.chan@sfgov.org for assistance and questions.

For Employees

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development provides services to employees that may have had their employment status affected due to the fire. The team works to connect affected employees to job placement services so that there is a minimal gap in employment. The team also provides support and consultation on unemployment insurance, health care, and job transition services such as job counseling, training opportunities, and job placement assistance.

Additionally, San Francisco has Neighborhood Access Points where outplaced employees can drop-in and obtain services during office hours including:

• Job search assistance
• Career planning and exploration
• Job preparation workshops
• Access to education and training services/programs
• Access to computers, internet, fax machines, and copy machines

The City has Access Points located throughout the city, including one closest to where the fire was located:

Mission Neighborhood Access Point
2301 Mission Street, Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94110
Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5:00 pm
(415) 282-3334 
List of all Access Points

For additional questions regarding employment services, please contact Carmelo San-Mames at (415) 701-4848 or carmelo.san-mames@sfgov.org

For Residents

The Human Services Agency is leading the coordination of displaced residents. If you are resident that was displaced by the fire and are in need of food, housing, and/or medical assistance, please contact Benjamin Amyes at 415-557-5370 or Benjamin.Amyes@sfgov.org