Washington, DC – In response to Congressman Bob Filner’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for Imperial County and is now in the process of offering low-interest Federal disaster loans to residents and business owners affected by the recent earthquake.
“I am grateful that SBA Administrator Karen Mills has acted in a timely manner to issue the disaster declaration,” said Filner. “Through these disaster loans, we can begin to put our homes, businesses, and our lives back together. I will continue to make sure our communities get all the assistance they need!”
Beginning April 22 at 10am, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center and Local Assistance Center:
Calexico El Centro
Disaster Loan Outreach Center Local Assistance Center
Calexico City Hall Central Baptist Church
608 Heber Avenue 1290 South Imperial Avenue
(Mondays through Fridays 8am-5pm) (Mondays through Fridays 10am-7pm)
(Will be closed Friday, April 30 only) (Saturdays, 9am-2pm)
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate and other business assets.
Disaster loan information and application forms are available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling SBA toll-free at (800) 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is June 21, 2010. The deadline to return economic injury applications is January 21, 2011.