Congressman Filner Supports Governor’s Request for SBA Disaster Declaration

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to approve the State of California’s request for a disaster declaration for Imperial County.  The declaration would make SBA disaster loans available for renters, homeowners and businesses that suffered losses due to the earthquake that struck the county on April 4th.

The request from Congressman Filner comes on the heels of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for the SBA disaster declaration in light of the April 13th damage survey that showed 43 homes and 9 businesses have suffered uninsured losses of more than 40 percent.

“I am happy that Governor Schwarzenegger has submitted the formal request for SBA assistance.  Imperial County needs federal assistance to recover from the earthquake, and SBA loans should be part of the equation,” said Filner.  “This is a community that has been hit hard and we need to help them rebuild and get back on their feet.”

If the SBA issues a disaster declaration for Imperial County, homeowners and renters would be able to apply for damages to their home, personal property, and vehicles and businesses would be able to apply for loans for damages to their real estate or business contents and for economic losses.