The federal government is offering relief, in the form of low-interest loans, to Harris County residents who were affected by the tornado that hit Pasadena and Deer Park on Jan. 24.
The thousands of people whose homes and businesses have been damaged can now apply for the loan offered through the US Small Business Administration, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Friday in a statement released on her Twitter.
“I know many members of our community are still grieving from the tornado earlier this year,” Hidalgo’s statement said. “I hope people ask for this help and spread the word.”
Although requests for direct grants from Harris County and the state of Texas were denied, Hidalgo said she was grateful to President Joe Biden’s administration for helping tornado victims move toward recovery.
Residents and businesses can apply for Small Business Administration disaster loans on the Ready Harris website. A family member of the applicant must be a US citizen to apply. Applicants can also apply in person starting March 21 at 8 a.m. at the Disaster Outreach Center at the John Phelps Courthouse Annex and at a Deer Park location to be determined next week, according to Hidalgo.
“We remain in contact with our affected communities and nonprofit partners to offer whatever support we can,” he said.