(Hesperia)–Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to San Bernardino County residents and business owners affected by the severe winter storms that occurred December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the denial on January 27, 2011, of the state’s request for a major disaster declaration.
SBA’s disaster declaration makes assistance available in 11 California counties, including San Bernardino. Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organization whose property was damaged or destroyed by the disaster. The San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is partnering with state and federal agencies to set up centers where residents may find information about SBA loans available to them. Beginning February 8, 2011, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application.
The local SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be located at the High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street in Hesperia.