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ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Wildfire evacuees are desperate for answers after weeks away from home.

The American Red Cross typically provides helpful resources and shelter for people affected by wildfire, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization’s response and recovery looks a lot different.

Several evacuees from the Berry Creek community have been moved into hotels in the Roseville area. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the Red Cross is forced to rely on the hotels for shelter.

“A lot of times when you think about the Red Cross we’ve got the basketball gymnasium or the church filled with cots. One of the big changes is that we haven’t really had those big congregate shelters,” Justin Kern with the American Red Cross said.

The mass shelters weren’t just places to sleep. People dropped off clothes, food, and toys for kids, but now the Red Cross is placing evacuees in hotels spread out across Northern California, making it more difficult for people to help.

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Heather Cassell evacuated from the North Complex Fire.

“Here we are two weeks evacuated, no work, no gas money, all of our food spoiled,” Cassell said.

The Red Cross says food distribution also looks a lot different.

“We would be one location, we would have the feeding line, maybe the chaffing dishes, people would come through to get a meal. If we’re able to avoid that and just bring people individual meals, that’s just the route we have to take in an abundance of caution,” Kern said.

Elizabeth Ruppert in Roseville says under the circumstances, she’s doing her best to help out her new neighbors.

“They don’t have access to clothes access to soap just the basic needs,” Roseville resident Elizabeth Ruppert said. “Every hotel around here is completely booked up in the Roseville-Sacramento area of people in need of just basic items: toys, socks, shoes, like clothes.”

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Ruppert says Roseville-area churches and online support groups are a good place to go for anyone who may need a little extra help.

If you’re looking to help wildfire evacuees or get involved, you can contact the American Red Cross online or call 211

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Pelosi Remains Hopeful on Coronavirus Relief After a Positive Conversation With White House

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is optimistic Democrats and the White House can come to an agreement on the next coronavirus relief package in the coming days.

During her appearance on MSNBC, Pelosi expressed confidence after her discussion with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday with another talk set for Wednesday.

“Our conversation was a positive one. We’ll get back together tomorrow to see how we can find common ground,” Pelosi said.

She noted the new $2.2 trillion package is a step down from the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, but stressed it does not mean there is less in it for the American people.

“When we reduced it, we didn’t take out priorities. We just reduced the timeline as to how long those benefits would last,” Pelosi said.

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MSNBC’s Craig Melvin asked Pelosi when the House will vote on this package and how optimistic she is the Senate will take it up.

“We’re in a negotiation and hopefully we will come to a bipartisan agreement that would remove all doubt that the legislation will pass and be signed by the president,” Pelosi said.

She continued, “That’s my goal, that we come to agreement so that we can put money in the pockets of the American people.”

Pelosi acknowledged if lawmakers do not strike a deal, airlines will be forced to furlough several employees.

“That’s a date certain, Sept. 30. So we want to move quickly on this,” Pelosi said.

She explained it has been four months the Democrats have been waiting for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to get off the “pause button.”

Pelosi reiterated it is crucial to remain optimistic.

“Let’s be on the positive side. The needs are great, and it’s just a question of money. I do think the American people are worth it,” she said.

According to Pelosi, the bill includes “new funding needed to avert catastrophe for schools, small businesses, restaurants, performance spaces, airline workers and others.”

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