Santa Rosa city leaders are set to accept a federal disaster relief plan to build new apartments in the wake of the 2017 fires. Council members yesterday agreed to accept 38-and-a-half-million dollars, despite alleging federal officials underestimated damages to local homes by over 50 percent. The grant funds are a portion of the 124-million dollars the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving parts of Northern and Southern California hit hard by wildfires last year. Santa Rosa was the hardest hit, losing over three-thousand homes.
The council also voted to extend the city’s emergency when it comes to price gouging: that means landlord’s will not be able to raise rents more than 10-percent through next October.