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'One Stop Shop' Of Service Agencies To Help Holiday Farm Fire Victims

Rachael McDonald

Survivors of the Holiday Farm fire will have another opportunity to connect with an array of support services- all under one roof. The next Multi-Agency Resource Center or MARC will open at the Fairgrounds in Eugene on Friday, September 25th, 2020.

The goal is to provide a “one stop shop” of relief services. Over 20 agencies will set up information tables at a safe distance from one another in the Lane Events Center.

Lane County’s Technology Services Director Mike Finch is coordinating the MARC event. “How this plays out is very sensitive to COVID so we’re being very, very careful.”

Finch says there will be experts in areas like building and permitting, tax assessment, mental health and FEMA--ready to help people affected by the Holiday Farm fire.

“There’s not a road map or a recipe yet. You know, sometimes they don’t even know what to ask.”

Finch says the plan is to move future resource centers back up Highway 126- to serve community members where they live and seek to rebuild.

Credit Devon Ashbridge
Volunteers will be on hand at the MARC to help direct evacuees and other fire victims to the services they need.

The MARC will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday 09/25/20, at the Lane Events Center at 796 West 13th Avenue in Eugene.

The upcoming MARC will include representatives from:

Lane Electric, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), Lane County Elections, insurance companies, housing support agencies, Senior and Disabled Services, Environmental Health, Lane County Assessment and Taxation, waste and debris disposal coordinators, Medicare assistance, permit and land management staff, business assistance, Veteran Services, faith-based services and support, as well as mental health and medical support. Other agencies on hand to provide help are the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross, the McKenzie Community Development Corporation, McKenzie School District, the Hope Project, Department of Human Services (SNAP), Lane Community College, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation, the USDA and the Oregon Construction Contractors Board Field Services.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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