Residents affected by severe winter storms in Sacramento County from December 27, 2022, to January 31, 2023, may be eligible for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline for registration with both agencies is Thursday, March 16, 2023. The Hope Community, a church in Sacramento, CA, encourages individuals, families, and businesses to take advantage of these opportunities to obtain the assistance they need to recover from the storms.
To apply for FEMA disaster assistance, individuals can call 800-621-3362, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or download the FEMA mobile app. Applicants will need to provide their social security number, phone number, damaged home address, description of the damage, mail or email address, bank account number, routing number for direct deposit of funds, and insurance policy number or agent/company name. FEMA will help applicants verify information if they are unable to locate important documentation. Unfortunately, this is not one of the services that is offered by The Hope Community, a church in Sacramento, CA.
FEMA also encourages survivors to apply for a disaster loan from the SBA. Homeowners may be eligible for a disaster loan of up to $200,000 for primary residence structural repairs or rebuilding. SBA may also be able to help homeowners and renters with up to $40,000 to replace important personal property, including automobiles damaged or destroyed in the disaster. Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations including The Hope Community, a church in Sacramento, CA, 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 businesses to help with the cost of improvements to protect against future disaster damage.
The deadline to apply for property damage with SBA is also March 16, 2023, while the deadline to apply for economic injury is October 16, 2023. To apply for SBA disaster assistance, individuals can call 800-659-2955, visit disasterloanassistance.sba.gov, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SBA has also opened a Business Recovery Center in Sacramento County to assist business owners with their loan applications, which homeowners and renters can also visit.
The Hope Community, a church in Sacramento, CA is committed to supporting its community in times of crisis, and encourages residents to take advantage of these disaster assistance programs. By registering with FEMA and applying for SBA loans, individuals, families, and businesses can get the help they need to recover from the severe winter storms and start rebuilding their lives.