Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 9-29-21

CURRENT STATISTICS

BUILDING UPDATES

Single Family Homes in Development

1,927 Building Permit Applications Received

  • 1,325 Stick Built / 602 Manufactured

1,773 Building Permits issued

1,046 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

369 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

345 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

220  Multi-Family Unit Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

*Each “unit” represents a home for a family in Paradise.

If you are a multi-family housing developer and wish to meet with the Town, please call Kate Anderson, Housing Program Supervisor, at 530.872.6291 x 122, or email kanderson@townofparadise.com


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Provided by the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce: Every week, we will spotlight a business in Paradise to encourage shopping locally and supporting economic recovery in Paradise – and maybe uncover a business you haven’t heard of before! All businesses featured in the business spotlights can be found in Paradisechamber.com’s online business directory.

This week, we’re highlighting Woodworths Jewelry. Woodworths Jewelry at 6265 Skyway offers jewelry, repairs, appraisals, and also buys gold and silver. It’s one of the few places offering rare gold quartz jewelry fashioned from local stones. Owner John Woodworth learned the jeweler’s trade from his father, who made the gold nugget queen’s crown in 1968. Visit Woodworths for your own rare and precious piece of Paradise history or call (530) 877-7111.

Thinking of opening a business in Paradise? The Town of Paradise offers Business Development meetings for prospective business owners to go over the process of opening a business in Paradise.  Call Susan Hartman at (530) 872-6291 x417 or email her at shartman@townofparadise.com to schedule an appointment.


WHAT’S NEW

Job Fair for Employers on Friday, October 8th 

Alliance for Workforce Development is hosting a job fair for Paradise employers on October 8 from 2-6 p.m. at the Terry Ashe Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise, CA. Employers should register by October 1, limited to the first 20 employers. Tables provided. Join this opportunity to connect with entry-level and management-level job seekers. Employer registration link here. Questions? Contact Catherine Madsack or call (530) 227-5017.

 

Paradise Community Village Rebuild Completed

Established in Paradise in 2018, the Paradise Community Village was an affordable housing community completely destroyed in the Camp Fire. The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) took on the rebuild in 2020 and has completed the construction of 36 total units on the original location of the community. This large family development is comprised of one, two and three-bedroom units, along with a new playground and community center. Original residents and Camp Fire survivors will begin moving into the units in late September. 

 

Community Insurance Night Tuesday, October 5th at 6 p.m.

Rebuild Paradise and Fannie Mae are hosting a one night in-person and live-streamed event on Insurance Availability & Affordability on the ridge. Join in person at the Paradise Alliance Church (6491 Clark Rd), or on the Rebuild Paradise Facebook page. The event is free and will include panel speakers from United Policyholders, California Department of Insurance, CA Fair Plan, Local Homeowner’s Insurance Agent/Broker – Keith Powell, Local Home Owner’s and Business Insurance Agent/Broker – Kimball Shirey. Email questions for the speakers to info@rebuildparadise.org.

Paradise Seed Lending Library Hosts Seed Swap October 3

On October 3rd from 11am-3pm, the Paradise Seed Lending Library will host a Seed Swap in Paradise at their Neighborhood Community Garden at 5704 Chapel Dr in Paradise. The swap will be potluck style, with attendees encouraged to bring extra seeds, plants, cuttings, bulbs, and any garden-related items. A Seed Ball making tutorial will also be available. Learn more here.

Town of Paradise Welcomes Members of the New Community Relations Committee

The Town of Paradise has created the Community Relations Committee, a volunteer citizens group formed to provide feedback from Paradise residents on a variety of issues that face our community during our recovery from the 2018 Camp Fire. Committee members are:

Jenna Murray-Johnson, Cynthia Harvey, Vicki Taylor, Jackie Fullerton, Joule Charney, Kathleen Mclane, Heidi Eilick, Dorothy Chinnock (Dottie), Phyllis Parent, Jim Clarkson, Robert Jensen, Ann Martin, Pete Samuel, Donna Buzzard. The group meets monthly at Town Hall. Welcome!

Chipper Program for Wildfire Safety Available Through End of 2021

Do you have fallen branches, overgrown brush and other vegetation that needs chipping? Butte Fire Safe Council’s Chipper Program is once again offering service to residents who are working on their wildfire safety clearance. The program provides an alternative to burning or hauling fire hazardous brush. Learn more here.

Paradise on Ice Returns November 11-January 17 and Is Welcoming Sponsors

Paradise On Ice returns to the Terry Ashe Recreation Center on November 11 with several Winter Wonderland events including private ice skating lessons, Santa Claus, and the Christmas Tree Lighting. Check out www.paradiseprpd.com for pricing, scheduling of upcoming events and the ice rink hours during this season 2021-2022. This winter tradition is supported by generous sponsors. With more than two months of exposure, high-value partnerships showcase commitment to community. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.

FREE Butte County Forest Health Guidebook

Butte Fire Safe Council has recently completed a beautiful new Forest Health Guidebook for the community. If you’re a local resident or business who would like copies for personal use or to hand out to friends, family, coworkers, and customers, please contact 530-877-0984 or visit https://buttefiresafe.net/contact/. You can also download a copy of the guidebook in PDF form here: https://buttefiresafe.net/forest-health-guidebook/.

Free Residential Green Waste Disposal, October 9 & 13

Green Waste Disposal Days are free for Butte County residents living in the Wildland Urban Interface, including Paradise. Bring proof of ID and residence in the Wildland Urban Interface area of Butte County. For more information, visit buttecounty.net/publicworks. Wildland Urban Interface map: buttecounty.opennrm.org/maps/11349.


EVENTS
 

Johnny Appleseed Days October 2nd and 3rd

Mark your calendars for California’s oldest harvest festival, a beloved tradition since 1888! Held on Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3, at the Terry Ashe Park, the event will host vendors, artisans, entertainment, and more. More information visit the Chamber website.

James Square Grand Opening/Block Party, October 9

On Saturday, October 9 from 12-4, vendors from James Square at 5913 Clark Rd, Paradise, CA will be hosting a family-friendly event with food, music, raffle prizes, and a cornhole tournament. Learn more here.


RESOURCES

Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room

The Rebuild Paradise Foundation (RPF) and Valley Contractors Exchange (VCE) have partnered to launch Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room! This FREE tool is intended to connect the dots between those looking to rebuild after the devastating fires Butte County has experienced in 2018 and 2020 and contractors that can perform this work. To learn more about the Online Plan Room, please visit https://vceonline.com/HBRC/ or contact VCE at (530) 343-1981.

 

Shop Local Online! Paradise Ridge Marketplace Available

The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce has provided the Paradise Ridge Marketplace to keep your shopping local. Purchase some of your favorite Ridge items, such as Ridge Rising apparel and other fun member products. New items are added frequently. Learn more at www.ShopParadiseRidge.com.  

Funding Options for Those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

  1. NEW – Grants Up to $200,000 Available for those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

    The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced the Disaster Housing Assistance Survey for survivors of the 2018 wildfire disasters is now open. Homes damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire may be eligible for up to $200,000; and low- to moderate-income households will receive priority.

    If you are a disaster survivor and wish to see if you qualify for the ReCoverCA Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (OOR Program), start by taking the 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance survey available at https://recover.hcd.ca.gov/.  If you need assistance with the survey, contact Butte County OOR Case Managers Brittney Murray or Glen Johnson at (916) 202-1764.

  2. Up to $150,000 in low-interest, deferred Loans for homeowners (can be used even if insurance funds and/or FEMA funds have been spent)

    The Town of Paradise offers deferred, low-interest loans to low and moderate income households rebuilding after the Camp Fire. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here or call the Town’s Housing Department at (530) 872-6291 x122. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center Open to the Public 

Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center (BRC), both on Skyway are open to the public. Town Hall and Town Meetings are open to the public with limited seating and social distancing procedures in place. The BRC is accepting walk-ins and individuals are requested to ring the bell located by the front doors to enter. This will ensure social distancing requirements can be met.

The Town is also available by phone. Please call (530) 872-6291 for existing appointments or to schedule a new appointment.

Below are the extensions for assistance: 

  • Business and Housing x126 or x130

  • Code Enforcement x110

  • Finance Department x121

  • Tree Advocates x162 or x163 

  • Building Resiliency Center x411

  • General Information x101     

Have questions regarding your rebuild? Rebuild Advocates are here to help!  

If you need help navigating the rebuild process, the Town of Paradise has Rebuild Advocates available to assist. They can help with the following:  Navigating insurance, FEMA or SBA, understanding additional financing options, selecting a contractor, submitting plans, or any part of the rebuild process.  They are available at the Building Resiliency Center by appointment only. Please call 530.872.6291 x429 x430 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!


Make it Paradise Newsletter

This newsletter is designed to keep you informed of the ongoing recovery efforts as we rebuild Paradise.  Each week you will receive a newsletter with events, current numbers (building permits, etc.), current topics and a weekly Q&A.

Occasionally, we may send out an extra newsletter pertaining to an upcoming event or important information.