Disaster Relief

Prolonged drought in Northern California followed by fires of record-breaking magnitude have forced many farmworkers from the security of their jobs and their family homes. Fueled by federal and state assistance, our Farmworker Services and Workforce Development division helps these individuals and their families get back on their feet and in many cases to build new skills leading to steady employment and successful futures.


Assistance Available Now

Seventy-six farmworkers out of work due to the drought have already gained temporary employment (during 2014-15) doing flood control, weed abatement, and other projects to benefit our communities. This work is ongoing and opportunities are available now for those who need jobs and for those who need workers.

Drought Relief – Temporary Jobs

Need Work?

If  you are an agricultural worker or other low wage seasonal worker who is unemployed due to the drought, you may be eligible for a temporary job of up to six months. The work you’ll be doing will benefit your community by helping to offset the effects of the drought and will provide you with a steady paycheck to bridge the gap in your employment. To learn more about this opportunity, contact our representative closest to the region where you live by selecting from the list below.

Need Workers?

Government agencies and community-based organizations involved in projects to help mitigate the effects of the drought are encouraged to contact California Human Development. We can provide you with the labor force you need.  All wages, workers compensation and supplies are covered! The process to secure workers for your project is quick and simple:

  1. Click here to view a sample agreement.
  2. Contact your regional representative directly for assistance…

 Connect with Us

  • Butte, Glenn and Tehema Counties:  Rocio Leal at 530.899.0624 or send an email
  • Lake County:  Eugenio Ortega at 707.262.0440 or send an email
  • San Joaquin County:  Maria Rosado at 209.331.2201 or send an email
  • Sutter and Yuba Counties:  Leidi Rivera at 530.741.2924 or send an email
  • Yolo County:  Blanca Barba at 530.662.9601 or send an email

Funding Support

The Temporary Jobs Program for Drought Impacted Workers is made possible by funding from the California Employment Development Department and by La Cooperativa Campesina de California.

Valley Fire Relief – Temporary Jobs

Tinder dry conditions led to devastating fires across Northern California during the summer and fall of 2015. Most notably, the Valley Fire in Lake County affected many farmworkers. With support from the National Dislocated Worker Program and La Cooperativa Campesina de California, we are placing 350 of these dislocated workers in temporary jobs. Individuals looking for work, as well as agencies and organizations with jobs available, are encouraged to contact our field office in Lakeport at 707.262.0440 or send an email to Eugenio.Ortega@CAHumanDevelopment.org.

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