Washoe Drive Fire Disaster Assistance Center Opens

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Reno, NV - Victims of the Washoe Drive Fire can now apply to get low-interest loans from the federal government.

The Small Business Administration opened up its Disaster Loan Outreach center Friday morning at 9am and there were already people in line. It's inside the Washoe County Administration Complex on at 1001 E. 9th Street in Building A, Room 1124.

Anyone who was affected by the fire - whether they're homeowners, renters or small business owners - can come in to get help and see what kind of aid they qualify for. Officials understand this is already a stressful time for fire victims.

"It does help to have somebody here in person to help them with the steps and answer any detailed questions that they may have," said Alex Contreras, public information officer for the Small Business Administration. "It definitely helps."

Contreras said homeowners can receive up to $200,000 in federal aid. Renters can get up to $40,000 and business owners can get up to $2 million in assistance.

The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be open Mondays through Fridays through February 17th. The hours are 9am - 6pm. For more information, contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

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