SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Brawley Residents


Condemned home in Mobile trailer park
A mobile home entrance has been chained and locked to keep the owner from returning

Sacramento, CA – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California residents and business owners affected by the Brawley Earthquakes that began August 26, 2012, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received September 11, 2012, from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s designated representative, Mark Ghilarducci, Secretary of California Emergency Management Agency.


Yolanda Stokes, Public Information Officer with the SBA said, “We expect it to be pretty busy here in Brawley. The loan program is set up to help the homeowner, the renter, small ag companies, non-profits, and businesses of all sizes. We’re glad to be here. We are here until September 27th, but we will extend that if we are needed. We’re hoping we can help quite a few people in the area. Two Customer Service Representatives will be here from 8 ‘till 5. They can answer questions, help fill out applications, and send the applications overnight express to our processing facility. We also have a bilingual CSR to help out as well. A low-interest disaster loan can be processed in 10 to 15 days.”


The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the California counties of Imperial, Riverside and San Diego and the neighboring Arizona counties of La Paz and Yuma.


“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Californians with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Mills.  “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”


“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia.  “Beginning Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 am, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Garcia continued.  The center will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.


Imperial County

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

City of Brawley Administrative Offices

383 West Main Street

Brawley, CA  92227

Opens Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 am

Mondays through Fridays

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Closes Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 pm


Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available 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, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, 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 any property damage.


Interest rates can be as low as 1.688% percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at 


Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.govor visiting SBA’s Web site at  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  


The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is November 13, 2012.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 14, 2013. 


SBA Field Operations Center – West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841