Imperial County Local Assistance Center will Close this week

Imperial County Officials Report that over 300 families have visited the

Local Assistance Center since its opening.

IMPERIAL COUNTY- Imperial County officials announced this morning that the Local Assistance Center (LAC) will remain open through Friday, April 30th due to scheduling issues at the location where the LAC was established.  Unfortunately the LAC will not be open on Saturday May 1st as had been previously announced.

The LAC opened its doors on Thursday, April 22nd and has been open every day except Sunday.   Ryan Kelley, the local LAC Director, stated, “All agencies that sent representatives to the LAC have been very responsive to the public’s needs and have made sure that they are providing current and accurate information.  We are happy to see that individuals have made good use of this resource with over 300 families having visited the LAC since the center opened last Thursday.  We hope to see a continuous flow through the end of the week.”

The Local Assistance Center was established for residents and businesses of Imperial County who have been impacted by the April 4th earthquake and are in need of assistance.  Over thirty local, state and federal agencies have participated at the LAC to provide information on assistance available for those affected by the earthquake, applications for rental assistance and information on local housing options, referrals to organizations for assistance with immediate unmet needs, and a variety of other resources available to those affected by the earthquake.

In addition, representatives from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) have been on hand at the LAC to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals complete their application. After April 30th SBA representatives will transition to an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center in a new location in El Centro which will open on Monday, May 3 at 9:00 am.  The SBA continues to operate a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at Calexico City Hall.  Homeowners, those who rent and businesses affected by the earthquake can receive services at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. No appointment is necessary at any of the centers.

The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will be open at the following locations on the days and times indicated.

Calexico

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Calexico City Hall

608 Heber Avenue

Calexico, CA

Mondays thru Fridays

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Open Now

Closed Friday, April 30 Only

El Centro

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Imperial Valley Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)

301 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite B

El Centro, CA

Mondays thru Fridays

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Opens Monday, May 3 at 9:00 am

Although the LAC will not be open after April 30th individuals who have not had an opportunity to go to the LAC can still access services and get questions answered by

visiting the various agencies and programs at their permanent locations.

For additional information regarding the Imperial County Local Assistance Center please call the Imperial County Assistance Hotline at 760-482-4968.