SBA Tops $10 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Regional Administrator Donna Davis of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that SBA has approved more than $10 million in federal disaster loans for businesses and residents impacted by the Valley and Butte Fires in Lake and Calaveras counties that began on September 9, 2015.

According to Davis, SBA has approved $357,200 for businesses and more than $9.6 million for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

“SBA’s disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible,” said Davis. Businesses and residents who sustained damages are encouraged to register prior to the November 23, 2015, deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling the tele-registration number at (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or (800) 462-7585 (TTY) for individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing. “Don’t miss out on any assistance you may be entitled to by not registering for help. You don’t need to wait for your insurance to settle or obtain a contractor’s estimate,” she added.

SBA continues to provide one-on-one assistance to help business owners and residents apply for an SBA disaster loan at the following locations on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Disaster Recovery Center

Calaveras County Government Center

(formerly County Courthouse)

891 Mountain Ranch Road

San Andreas, CA 95249

Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

LAKE COUNTY

Disaster Recovery Center

(formerly Apria Healthcare)

14860 Olympic Drive

Clearlake, CA 95422

Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

LAKE COUNTY

Disaster Recovery Center

Middletown Senior Center

21256 Washington Street

Middletown, CA 95461

Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help business and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information, or to download applications, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for property damage is November 23, 2015. The deadline to submit economic injury applications is June 22, 2016.

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Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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