Applications for Disaster Relief Assistance

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 15, 3 p.m.!

Many of our SEIU 521 union brothers and sisters in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties were affected by the storms and floods in February 2017. Families had to be evacuated, belongings were destroyed, and houses are in need of clean up. SEIU Local 521 members launched a successful GoFundMe donation campaign, raising $4,380 from 77 donors in just 1 month.

We are so inspired by your incredible generosity toward one another, and the display of unity in times of hardship.

Thank you to everyone who donated! 

Applications for assistance are now being accepted, through May 15. We ask that only members who have been suffering significantly due to flooding or rain apply for these funds. Each application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

If interested, please email Andrea Hightower  ( with your name, job title, zip code, a few paragraphs on how you were affected by the storms, and photo evidence that documents how you were affected. You should outline in as much detail as possible the particulars of your hardship experience, attaching any relevant evidence to support your application, but please send only copies of photos, no originals. Please include estimates of repairs, or any bills that have already been paid toward your repairs, as well as how much your home or renter’s insurance will cover.


To qualify for disaster relief assistance, you must satisfy the following:

1. Members must be in good standing with the union for a minimum of 6 months or from date of hire if less than 6 months.
2. Qualified Members’ damages must be for property within the zip codes designated as qualifying for Flood Relief.
3.Qualified Members or immediate family members claimed on Member’s Federal 1040 form may apply.
4. The Member must disclose personal resources and any public or private assistance they have applied for and whether it was received or not. Additionally, they must apply for assistance from all other sources before applying to the Go-Fund-Me account.
5. Member must have residual indebtedness due to flooding/rain damage of at least $1,000.
6. The maximum donation that will be awarded to qualifying Members is $250. Only one donation will be made per member and/or family member.
7. Applications with all documentation must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017 to
8. All requests for assistance will be forwarded to the Go-Fund-Me Team and will be handled with the greatest regard for confidentiality.
9. Approval or denial will take place within three calendar weeks of receipt of ALL applicable documents, after April 17, 2017.
10. If a request for hardship assistance is denied, it may be appealed to the Localwide Officers for further evaluation.



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