FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums 

FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days.

This extension will allow additional time for policyholders who may be struggling financially to pay insurance premiums and ensure their policies are not cancelled for nonpayment of premium due to circumstances beyond their control.

If a policy has an expiration date between February 13, 2020 and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the appropriate renewal premium within 120 days of the expiration date to avoid a lapse in coverage. Likewise, if a policyholder receives an underpayment notice dated between February 13, 2020, and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the additional premium amount requested within 120 days of the date of the notice.

Policyholders who need additional time to pay their premiums, beyond the 120-day extension, should contact their agent or insurer to inquire about other options the insurer may offer for premium payment.

While COVID-19 is facing us right now, we are helping everyone keep their outlook knowing that hurricane season is just around the corner.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at  FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

Christ Clinic Needs

As a member of the health safety net team in the greater Houston area, patients of Christ Clinic experience some of the most complicated health diagnosis. Lack of regular, affordable care means that many of our patients face diabetes and cardiovascular disease — conditions that make them the most vulnerable to the seriousness of the Coronavirus. These individuals are among the most likely to experience life-threatening complications should they become ill.

Those we serve traditionally work in hourly positions within the retail and hospitality industries, groups facing temporary unemployment to curtail the spread of the virus. This leaves those who already live paycheck to paycheck with the added burden of meeting their most basic needs with even fewer resources. Should these individuals fall ill, medical expenses could leave them financially bankrupt.

As a community health clinic, we benefit from professional volunteers who provide care to the thousands we serve each year. The clinic possesses limited resources for safety equipment and single use items that are essential to protecting these volunteers and our patients.

Christ Clinic is reaching out in hopes that you will partner with us to ensure that those most in need can continue to receive the vital healthcare services they have come to depend upon us for. Keep in mind, 65% of our patient population at Christ Clinic are considered high risk of complications or death if they contract Covid-19 and already struggle with limited access to care.

Please consider a gift to Christ Clinic to help us provide the additional resources needed by our medical staff and volunteers to help patients navigate the Coronavirus pandemic as safely as possible. Your gift will truly help protect lives.

Donations can be made online or by check via mail. Please mail checks to:

Christ Clinic
802 Dominion Dr., Suite 800
Katy, TX 77450

Sincerely,
Lara Hamilton, RN
Executive Director
Christ Clinic

Pregnancy Help Center Needs

We all know this is an unprecedented crisis our Nation is facing. Health issues aside, the economic uncertainty is difficult for all of us. This also has a huge impact on those that we serve. In doing our best to make sure our clients are able to get the supplies their babies need, we could use your help as well.

We are so appreciative of your continued support of donating necessities such as:

• Diapers (we are always short on sizes 4, 5, 6)

• Baby Toiletries such as shampoo, baby wash, diaper rash cream, etc.

• Wipes

You may order these online and just have them sent directly to…

Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston
1450 E. Summitry Circle
Katy, TX 77449

We are also a part of Amazon Smiles at smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0276015

Supplies are important, but it is also important that we are there to listen. Our clients come in to receive an affirmation of life, hope and the truth found in the Words of Jesus Christ. They want to see a smiling face that truly cares. We are blessed to be able to continue to offer this to them.

Thank you to all of you who continue to support us in so many ways. I hope that we can continue to count on you during this difficult time.   If you are able, you can always visit our website to donate online at https://phckaty.org/get-involved/donate/

Most importantly, please keep us in your prayers. May I ask for your continued prayers for our clients, for our volunteers, and for the staff. Please pray for our continued ability to serve our clients as directed by our Savior Jesus Christ to stay true to our mission to save lives and bring hope and love to those that need to know Him.

In His Grace,
Jeannie Z
Executive Director

Neighborhood Kidz Club Needs


Neighborhood KidZ Club (NKC) exists to make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families in local communities through a commitment to addressing practical, spiritual, academic, and social needs. 

We are currently serving about 400 families in underserved communities. Families need a few basic items to help them get through this time. Our primary connection to families is through their children participating in our Bible Clubs. When we come with needed supplies for children and families it supports the gospel that we teach. Children and their parents in local communities recognize our faces and over time respond positively to God’s love extended through NKC Bible teachers and volunteers.

Your support of these supplies will be delivered with Easter Bible lessons and activities for the next few weeks. As children miss their time in Bible Club with teachers and friends, they will be happy to enjoy a story, activity, craft, and treats.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS THAT ARE NEEDED 

• Bags of beans (black or pinto)

• Bags of white rice

• Boxes of pasta

• Cans of tuna fish

• Toilet paper

If you have any of these items or can secure any of them, please contact Beth Barber.

Katy Christian Ministries Needs

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
• nonperishable foods
• personal care items
• cleaning supplies and disinfectants
• household paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, etc)

We are serving an average of 140 families per day using a modified “Carhop” system so clients remain in their vehicles while getting the food and supplies they need. Donors can stay home and shop online if needed, and have the items shipped directly to KCM at 5506 1st Street, Katy, Texas 77493. Deliveries should be scheduled during business hours Monday-Thursday, 9am-5:00pm.

Our Food Pantry is classified as an “essential service” under the Stay at Home order. Volunteers who are healthy and not in high risk categories are welcome to signup for shifts at our Food Pantry helping pre-pack bags, made pickups of donations from local grocery stores, or even answering phones as we are experiencing a very high call volume. Proper precautions are being taken for limiting group sizes, disinfecting surfaces, and providing access to handwashing facilities, in order to do our part to keep people safe while still serving.

VOLUNTEER
• Volunteers can sign up here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4FABAB2AA6FD0-food.

• For questions, please email volunteer@ktcm.org.

OTHER NEEDS
• 2 webcams to conduct virtual counseling services with clients
• disposable face masks for safe distribution of critical food assistance to the community.

FUNDING NEEDS
Operational funding to provide continuity of services. Our budget is being deeply affected by lack of sales/closure of our two Resale Store locations and we ask for help from the community to help bridge this gap as we modify programs to continue serving an increasingly at-risk population. According to our newly published 2019 Impact Report, $.90 cent of every dollar entrusted to KCM directly funds the programs and services we provide free to the community. The full report is available at: www.ktcm.org/impact or see attached PDF copy. Donations can be made securely through the Donate button on our website at www.ktcm.org.

Covid-19 Community Impact Survey

Local agencies and non-profits are working in the community with churches, community leaders and other organizations to help fill gaps caused by COVID-19.

Please take the Covid-19 Community Impact Survey, send it to your friends and family in the area and share the link: GulfCoastCovidSurvey.org

The information you provide will be used to help local non-profits understand the economic and social needs of households affected by Coronavirus | Covid-19.

TAKE THE SURVEY: GulfCoastCovidSurvey.org

Note: This survey is not for medical help. If you or someone you know is sick, please call your doctor or primary health care provider and your local public health department.

Connecting With Neighbors

One thing we all learned during the Hurricane Harvey days is that in times of crisis, neighbors are the initial first responders. The current Covid-19 Shelter at Home season has made it a bit more challenging to serve others in need in our neighborhoods. However, there are ways to stay connected with the needs of those around you thanks to technology.

Jon Davis, Pastor of Common Ground Community Church, shares his thoughts about how he is staying connected with and helping his neighbors through the use of the Nextdoor App.

Click this link to hear more. And then look for ways to be a good neighbor.

Shelter In Place Order

What is a Stay at Home Order? 

Harris, Galveston, and Fort Bend Counties have issued stay-at-home orders effective at midnight today (March 24) until April 3. It is expected that many more counties in the Greater Houston area will follow suit.

This action orders the following: 

  • Remain at your place of residence unless engaging in essential activities, providing essential governmental functions, or operating essential businesses.
  • All businesses, except essential businesses, should cease all activities at facilities.
  • All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single house or living unit are prohibited
  • Restaurants may only provide take-out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law
  • Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconferencing while limiting in-person staff to ten people or less
  • All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited
  • If someone tests positive for Coronavirus, the whole household must quarantine for 14 days
  • Nursing homes, retirement communities and long-term care facilities are to prohibit non-essential visitors

According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidelines, there are 16 sectors considered essential that can stay open:

  • Communications
  • Chemical
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Dams
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Financial
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Government Facilities
  • Healthcare & Public Health
  • Information Technology
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water

Under the order, grocery stores will stay open.

Parks will remain open, but no playgrounds, benches, exercise equipment or basketball courts may be used. People who enjoy the outdoor spaces must maintain social distancing.

Restaurants can continue providing takeout and drive-thru service, but must maintain social distancing between customers as well.

Day Care Centers that provide care for employees of essential businesses can remain open.

Religious and worship services are to be streamed online only, but one-on-one counseling between leaders and parishioners is allowed in an effort to help with mental health.

 

Citywide Online Prayer Meeting

Pastors of West Houston / Katy will host an online, citywide weekly prayer meeting every Wednesday from 12:20 PM — 12:40 PM.

Please join us online at KATY PRAYS for 20 minutes as the pastors of the city gather together to lead us in a livestream prayer meeting to intercede regarding the Coronavirus.

Help us spread the word. Please invite those in your social media network to join us.

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

Senior Support Line

WHAT IS IT?
The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line is a new delivery program designed to offer a safer shopping solution for seniors across Texas.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, H-E-B and Favor are working together to provide a simple, affordable solution that offers contactless delivery of essential food and supplies to seniors where they are safest—at home.

WHO IS IT FOR?
The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line is available to seniors aged 60 and older in select Favor markets across Texas.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 
Starting Friday, March 20, seniors will be able to place orders from a curated list of grocery essentials via a dedicated Senior Support phone line, the Favor app, or favordelivery.com.

The Senior Support Line will be staffed with volunteers to accept and process orders over the phone from 9 a.m. to

1 p.m., seven days a week. To access the Senior Support Line, call 1-833-397-0080.

Once an order has been placed, a Favor Runner will personally shop for the items at H-E-B and deliver them within a few hours. To promote social distancing and limit exposure, all Favors will be dropped off at the customer’s doorstep.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
Seniors will be able to select items from a curated list of generic products (such as milk, eggs, and bread), as well as add custom items to their order. There is currently a 25-item limit per order. In addition, substitutions may be offered based on product availability.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
To keep this service affordable for those most in need, H-E-B and Favor will waive all delivery and service fees for the first 30 days of the program. Instead, all orders will include a $10 tip, which goes entirely to the Favor Runner, who will personally shop and deliver the items.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THIS PROGRAM BE AVAILABLE?
The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, starting Friday, March 20. The program is currently available to seniors who live within eight miles of an H-E-B in select Favor markets.

Call Center Information Related to COVID-19

FORT BEND COUNTY RESIDENTS
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
http://www.fbchealth.org/ncov
281-633-7795
Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

HARRIS COUNTY RESIDENTS
Harris County Public Health (HCPH)
http://www.hcphtx.org\COVID-19
http://www.ReadyHarris.org
832-927-7575
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM everyday

Harris Health System
http://www.harrishealth.org
Ask-My-Nurse
713-634-1110
9:00 AM to 7 PM everyday for clinical-related questions

CITY OF HOUSTON RESIDENTS
Houston Health Department
http://www.HoustonHealth.org
http://www.HoustonEmergency.org
832-393-4220
This number is staffed 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM M-F and 9:00 AM to 3 PM on Saturday

Covid-19 Testing Site Update

The Legacy Stadium site, located at 1830 Katyland Dr, has been designated for testing at-risk individuals with an official notification from a health official.  The site will not be set up for random testing.  Individuals directed to the site for testing will remain in their vehicles.  Tests, which consist of a nasal swab, will be administered by outside health departments.  However, medical counseling and services will not be provided at the site.

The drive-thru site at Legacy Stadium will be secured by Katy ISD PD, as well as local, state and federal law enforcement in order to manage traffic, and allow individuals possessing a notification from a health official access to the site. The site is not officially operational at this time.  However, health officials will notify the public when the site becomes open for business.

Read the full story at the KISD website.

Covid-19 Testing Sites in Katy

As testing kits become available, Harris and Fort Bend Counties are preparing places for first responders, hospital personnel, and other people who are symptomatic or exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 result to be tested.

In Katy, there will be a drive-thru testing site. However local officials are waiting on the gear from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesman for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s office.

The county and city have planned at least two sites in Katy and the surrounding area.

City and county officials previously have said they hoped to get those sites running by the end of the week, but the continuing delay in the FEMA shipment has made it less clear that they will meet that goal.

Officials took to social media Wednesday, asking residents not to show up at those sites yet and emphasized that they only will serve people who have been through a screening process.

Right now, if you are showing symptoms, stay home and call your doctors office.

More information is available at:

 

Katy Responds

Remember, together we are Katy strong!

A Word from Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge

Welcome to ReadyHarris.org.

Harris County faces a wide array of potential threats, from hurricanes and severe flooding to hazardous materials incidents and active shooter situations. Some of these disasters are forecasted with several days notice, but many can — and will — happen without warning.

The good news is that we are not powerless against these challenges.

We know that families that take action to prepare before disaster strikes can avoid or lessen the impact of a catastrophic event. They also often suffer less trauma and recover more quickly. Since day one of my administration, I have prioritized work to fund and expedite critical infrastructure projects designed to reduce the impact of severe weather. That is what our Harris Thrives campaign is doing. We’re creating the conditions for a faster, fairer, and smarter way to protect Harris County from flooding. But being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility. All of us play a role.

ReadyHarris is designed to promote a culture of preparedness across our region that will be more inclusive of the role individual families, nonprofit groups, and the private sector play before, during, and after an emergency. This site provides user-friendly access to information on how to prepare for all types of disasters, highlights access to real-time alerts regarding ongoing emergencies, and connects you with state-of-the-art tools available to help you plan, recover, and stay safe.

It is a simple fact that when disasters strike, the first responders are often neighbors helping neighbors and non-governmental organizations who provide immediate support. That’s what makes our communities strong. Our job is to make sure we are all connected and sharing the latest information we need to be ready. We hope you will join us in taking action to prepare and we look forward to continuing to update this resource with even more features and content as we adapt to the reality of more frequent and severe disasters.

Lina Hidalgo
Harris County Judge

Distance Socially | Dine Locally


Katy Responds COVID-19 Update

Fort Bend County has followed Harris County in ordering all restaurants and other establishments that serve food be limited to takeout, delivery and drive-thru options effective today.  This order is in effective until at least March 31.

Distance socially, dine locally!

Please continue to support these establishments.  Call your favorite restaurant and place a to-go order.  Drive-thru’s are still open, and many, like Chick-fil-a, have perfected the flow to reduce wait time.  Remember to be patient.  A smile goes a long way as we are all figuring out our temporary new schedules and work routines.

The City of Katy and surrounding areas have also limited or closed many of their city and county buildings and playgrounds.  Walking trails are still open, but please keep your distance.

Currently, per CDC guidelines, all gathering should be limited to no more than 10 people with reasonable proximity.

The best way to continue to spread hope faster than COVID-19 is to know that decisions are being made for the health and well being of our entire community. While we all may feel a bit stir crazy we are navigating together through time unparalleled for over a century. This unprecedented time calls for unprecedented calls to action in a global world more closely connected than we often realize. Updated information will become available as we are notified.

Everyone has a role to play.  Together we are Katy strong!

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Fort Bend Updates:  https://www.fbchealth.org/orders-impacting-restaurants-other-establishments-and-extending-disaster-declaration-by-the-county-judge-of-fort-bend-county/

Harris County:  https://www.readyharris.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/All-News-Releases/news-release-harris-county-judge-covid-19-regulations

CDC updates: www.cdc.gov

Empowered Homes: A Family Toolbox for the Pandemic

Empowered Homes exists to provide practical resources and strategies to help empower your home to be all that it was designed to be.

As we continue to walk through uncharted territory with COVID-19, the family ministry team at Kingsland have gathered some resources to help families find their new normal. Visit “A Family Toolbox for the Pandemic” where you’ll find everything from morning devotionals and a Bible scavenger hunt to practical ways to seize this opportunity to grow strong families.

Visit www.EmpoweredHomes.org/pandemic for these and other resources.

KISD Breakfast & Lunch Locations

To assist our families in meeting the needs of students during the district closure next week, school breakfast and lunches will be offered to all Katy area children ages 0-18, free of charge.  Children do not need to be an enrolled Katy ISD student in order to receive a meal.

The meals will be served at the campuses listed below from 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. All meals will be provided in a “grab and go” style outside of the cafeteria near the covered walkway where buses pickup and drop off students. Families will not be able to enter the campus during the meal service.

MEAL “GRAB & GO” LOCATIONS

• Bear Creek Elementary

• Bethke Elementary (Moving to Paetow High School starting March 23)

• Golbow Elementary

• Hutsell Elementary

• Mayde Creek Elementary

• Memorial Parkway Elementary

• Sundown Elementary

• West Memorial Elementary

• Williams Elementary

• Tompkins High School

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact (281) 396-2151 or visit Katy ISD Food Services.

Friends of Sundown Covid-19 Response

As resources become more scarce, the effect these shortages have on the communities we serve is amplified. They regularly lack access to information, transportation and resources, which are now becoming hard to find for everyone. You can imagine the concern we have for our neighbors.

Now, more than ever, we need your help and this is how:

Volunteer Opportunities: We intend to keep the health and safety of volunteers and our communities our top priority. We strive to adhere to all federal and CDC guidelines.

DONATE SUPPLIES
• Preferably pre-packaged kits (List of Items listed below)
• Pick up kits and supplies from partners
• Deliver kits and supplies to storage site/distribution site

PREPARE SUPPLY KITS
• On site Volunteer Position
• Package bulk/loose items in an easier to distribute packaging

INFORMATION TEAM MEMBER
• Remote Volunteer Position
• Bilingual in Spanish
• Google Voice # assigned to receive phone calls
• Receive information for mobile deliveries

STORAGE SITE (location to be determined)
• On site
• Organize any items that would be stored
• Prepare supply kits

DISTRIBUTION
• On site (location to be determined)
• Distribute supplies to community members during drive-thru services
• Mobile Volunteers to Deliver supplies to at risk community members

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions above, please sign up through this link: https://tinyurl.com/VolunteerFOSresponse

RESOURCES NEEDED

• Nonperishable food items
• Toilet paper
• Water
• Feminine hygiene products
• Latex Gloves
• Masks N95 / N99
• Child Related Needs:
• Activity Kits
• Bible Studies
• Children’s Art Projects/Competitions
• Homework
• Alcohol Wipes
• Diabetics
• Hygiene Education
• Pet Food
• Mental Health:
∗ Counseling services
∗ Hotline information
∗ Grief counseling
∗ Loss of control

As always, we are extremely grateful for you and all that you do to love on our community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us! You can reach us at 210.548.4833 or email Leslie Dedrick, Volunteer Coordinator.

Helping Katy’s Homeless thru Covid-19 Crisis


Tina Hatcher, Director of Hope Impacts, and her team are caring for Katy’s homeless through the current Covid-19 crisis. Hope Impacts mission is to inspire hope and promote healing for the homeless of Katy through intentional acts of love, cultivation of community, and networking of area resources.

Here are their current needs and how you can help. Please deliver items to them at 802 Dominion Drive Suite 900, Katy, TX 77450 (across the street and to the west of Kingsland Baptist Church).

NEEDS
• Large Print bibles
• Toilet paper
• paper towels
• face masks
• gloves
• paper goods
• laundry pods for washateria

ITEMS FOR FOOD BAGS

• chicken salad
• tuna salad
• small peanut butter
• tuna in packages
• Spam
• fruits
• canned soups
• Spaghetti-O’s
• Ravioli
• Ensure
• Powerade or Gatorade
• flavor packets for water
• juice
• coffee
• creamer (not powdered)
• milk
• lunch meat
• cheese
• bread
• oatmeal
• packs of mayo or mustard
• chips
• body wipes
• razors
• batteries (all sizes)
• small flashlights
• tents | 3 or 4 man
• gas cards
• food cards
• gift cards
• bus cards ($25.00 limit)
• we also have laundry cards that the owner will meet whatever amount is put on the card (so if we put 100 on the card, he will match 100)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you want to volunteer or to arrange a meal please contact our Katy Branch Manager Michelle@hopeimpacts.org.

• We need volunteers to cook and bring meals as our restaurant partners are closing to drive in only services during the week or order delivery for us.

• Monday and Friday we need food from 9:00 AM to Noon
• Wednesdays we need food from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
• Food needs to be ready to serve

• We also need food packs to hand out to those on the streets.

CLOTHING NEEDS
• New men’s cotton boxer briefs S, M, L (mostly M and L)
• New women’s underwear size 5 to 7
• Women’s socks
• Men’s gently used shorts and long pants size 29-34 inch waist.
• Men’s T-shirts (preferably with pockets M, L, XL)
• Men’s gently used tennis shoes size 9 to 13

PRAYER AND OTHER NEEDS
• We need your prayers and people to hire our situationally or chronically homeless friends so they can work towards independence and self sufficiency.

• We need mentors.

• We need people willing to rent rooms to folks that have an income but no place to go. (we will arrange meeting and screening for jobs, or rooms to rent at our offices). We have a referral form and a review form once someone has worked a job so we can get recommendations on how the job was completed and if the customer was satisfied. Many of those we help have great skills just find themselves in a tough situation that is hard to get out of.

Shopping Help for Katy Area Senior Adults

Jorge Cardenas, Senior Pastor of Katy’s Iglesia Sobre la Roca (Church on the Rock), and his team have volunteers who are prepared to help Katy area senior adults who need assistance shopping for groceries or picking up medications during this period of Covid-19 social distancing. If you are a senior adult in need of assistance with shopping or picking up medications, please contact James Muñoz, Associate Pastor, at 832.816.8687.

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans

SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation:

“The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

• The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low- interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

• Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

• SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor
to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.

• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

• These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

• SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

• For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.