A disaster loan outreach center in Grover Beach — opened to allow San Luis Obispo County residents affected by the December storms to apply for low-interest federal loans — will close at the end of business on Thursday.
Five additional centers located in Southern California will also close. They were opened to provide assistance to homeowners, renters and business owners affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, according to SBA officials.
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.
A string of heavy storms hit San Luis Obispo County in December, causing flooding and damage to about 70 homes. Many of the homes are in the Oceano area, though damage was also reported in Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Cambria, Cayucos, Nipomo, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita and Templeton.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which assessed damage primarily in Oceano and Avila Beach, tallied 40 homes with major damage, according to Ron Alsop, the county’s emergency services manager.
He said the county estimates $1.1 million in damage to residences and more than $900,000 to businesses. Of the $1.1 million, about $610,000, or 55 percent, was in the Oceano area.
The disaster loan outreach center is located at the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call 800-877-8339.
Applicants may apply online using the electronic loan application on SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 4; the deadline for economic injury applications is Nov. 2.