Six California firefighters lost their homes while battling the flames. Days later, a CNN Hero provided RVs for them to shelter them

As a wildfire tore through Berry Creek, California, last month, it destroyed the homes of six of the community’s seven volunteer firefighters along with the department’s fire station.



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Yet that did not stop the team from working around the clock, evacuating neighbors, extinguishing the flames, and fighting to save remaining homes.

Within days, 2019 CNN Hero Woody Faircloth learned of the tragedy and sprang into action, sourcing and delivering RVs for them to stay until they can get back on their feet.

“The entire fire department had grown up in Berry Creek,” Faircloth told CNN. “It’s just a beautiful community with really proud people.”

In 2018, Faircloth and his then 7-year-old daughter, Luna, founded the nonprofit RV4CampfireFamily after watching news coverage of California’s deadliest wildfire. The Camp Fire killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 residences in the town

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Madison to seek replacement property for homeless men’s shelter ‘with all due haste’ | Local Government

Earlier Tuesday, the mayor and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi held a press conference announcing the project, which aims to provide an overnight shelter that could accommodate laundry services and a kitchen.

Josh Wescott, chief of staff to Parisi, said in a statement Wednesday that the city and county have demonstrated a “clear financial and moral commitment” to this project.  

“The partnership that’s come together to create a new night shelter is unprecedented,” Wescott said in a statement. “City and county staff are already mapping next steps to identify potential community partners.”

The city would provide $3 million with Dane County contributing another $3 million, which Executive Joe Parisi included in his 2021 Capital Budget proposal. The property at 4111 East Towne Boulevard would cost $1.3 million.

“Together we have laid out a $6 million dollar commitment to this project, and we are focused on moving it forward as expeditiously

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Property owner backs out of sale 1 day after city announces plan for men’s homeless shelter

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon that the attorney representing the owner of a property the city looked to purchase for a men’s shelter was withdrawing from their Purchase and Sale Agreement with the city.

“Obviously, this is unexpected and disappointing news,” Rhodes-Conway said. “But it will not deter the City and the County from our serious intent to develop a new shelter facility. Together we have laid out a $6 million dollar commitment to this project, and we are focused on moving it forward as expeditiously as possible. Alternative locations are already being examined anew. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to County Executive Parisi, to members of the Common Council, and to other community leaders for their support of

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Current owner nixes deal for men’s homeless shelter property

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – It’s back to the drawing board for the City of Madison and Dane County’s plan to buy and renovate a property on the the East Side of Madison dedicated to providing homeless men shelter and services to help them get back on their feet.



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The Madison Mayor’s Office explained Wednesday that just hours after their announcement of the shelter the previous day, an attorney for the owner of the property told the city he was removing his signature from the Purchase and Sale Agreement with the city.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi were on hand Tuesday to announce the new facility, which is located at 4111 E. Town Blvd., in the shopping center that also houses the Princeton Club and Rogan Shoes.

The Mayor’s Office described the situation as “unexpected and disappointing.” City and county

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City committee approves sale of Cortez Hill shelter for future affordable housing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego City Council committee signed off Thursday on the proposed sale of a vacant city-owned property on Cortez Hill to a nonprofit agency for less than $12,000 to create more than 100 units of affordable housing.

The .4-acre property at 1449 Ninth Ave. was most recently the site of the now-vacant Cortez Hill Family Center, which housed homeless families.

The City Council’s Land Use and Housing Committee unanimously approved the proposal to sell the property for $11,593 to Community Housing Works, which develops, rehabilitates, preserves and operates affordable apartment communities in San Diego and throughout the state.

The sale will now move to the full City Council for consideration.

According to a staff report, the low price is justified because “the property sale furthers the public purpose of providing low-income rental housing for 55 years, the number of affordable housing units will be increased,

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