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Monterey, CA – RealEstateRama –  President Joseph R. Biden Jr., amended his Major Disaster Declaration to include Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, making these jurisdictions eligible for both public and individual federal assistance.  This follow’s Sunday’s announcement that Santa Cruz County would begin to receive additional federal support under the state’s major disaster declaration.  U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), who led his California colleagues in Congress to request an expedited Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California, applauded the president’s action as a major step forward for California’s recovery from the recent sever winter storms.

“The devastation from the recent severe storms has had far reaching impacts across California and California’s 19th District, causing significant damage to property and public infrastructure, and disruptions to the lives of hundreds of thousands of Californians,” said U.S. Rep. Panetta.  “I commend President Biden’s quick action to make federal assistance and support available to Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties for our communities to begin to recover, repair, and ultimately return to our daily lives.  I urge President Biden to add Santa Clara County to this designation and I will continue to ensure the federal government is present and plays an active role in our efforts to rebuild.”

The Presidential Disaster Declaration triggers the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communities recover from the severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that occurred December 27, 2022 and continuing.  Such funds will be coordinated through the Federal Emergency Disaster Administration (FEMA) and can be used for assistance to individuals and households, emergency work and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, debris removal and emergency protective measures, mitigation to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

Individual assistance includes funds for temporary housing, repair or replacement of homes, uninsured disaster-related expenses, and hazard mitigation, in addition to other critical services. Individuals in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties can apply with FEMA at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA’s disaster assistance phone number at 1-800-621-3362.  For further assistance or information, individuals can also call the office of Rep. Panetta at 831-424-2229.

Additionally, households and small businesses in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara, and San Luis Obispo counties can apply for Small Business Administration disaster loans at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/.  The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.  You do not need to be a small business to access SBA home and personal property loans.


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