Sacramento, Calif. – The State/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in West, Texas will convert to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, June 3. SBA federal disaster loans are the primary source of money to help pay for disaster damages for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes as well as disaster working capital needs for eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
At the DLOC, SBA representatives will answer questions, explain the application process, help individuals and businesses apply for low-interest disaster loans and close their approved disaster loans.
The DLOC will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm until further notice at:
Pointwest Drive Thru Bank
210 North Roberts Street
West, TX 76691
FEMA Individual Assistance specialists will also remain on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of disaster assistance available from FEMA to survivors. “As the DRC transitions to a DLOC, we know some West residents may still have questions regarding their applications for assistance, or simply prefer to talk with someone face to face,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes.
“The continued presence of Individual Assistance professionals in the DLOC highlights our commitment to helping eligible explosion survivors here in West. We continue to encourage survivors to contact our FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 800-462-7585 with any questions,” he continued. Individuals may also still register for assistance at this number. The registration deadline is June 18.
SBA provides federal low-interest disaster loans up to $200,000 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, 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 homeowners and businesses to help 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 any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered property damage from the explosion.
For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659 2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877 8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841