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Disaster centers closed through Jan. 12

Wildfire disaster applicants can still receive recovery program information

Posted: December 19, 2008 9:07 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2008 9:00 a.m.
 
PASADENA - Federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Anaheim and Santa Barbara and the federal-state Disaster Recovery Center in Sylmar closed Friday and will reopen at 1 p.m. Jan. 12 as outreach centers, disaster recovery officials said.

Workers at the Sylmar outreach center will assist applicants with SBA disaster loan filings.

SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to cover uncompensated losses for personal contents up to $40,000 for homeowners and renters and up to $200,000 for homeowners for physical damage to their primary residence.

The SBA also provides low-interest loans up to $2 million for uncompensated physical losses suffered by businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations. Working capital loans are available for economic injuries sustained by small businesses in declared and adjoining counties.

The deadline to apply for an SBA property disaster loan is Jan. 21; the deadline to apply for an SBA economic-injury disaster loan is Aug. 18.

During this holiday hiatus, applicants recovering from the November wildfire disasters can still apply for assistance and receive recovery program information.

Applicants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Santa Barbara counties can register for aid by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's toll-free number 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or visit www.fema.gov.

The registration deadline is Jan. 20.

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