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L.A. County Residents and Business Owners Affected by Bobcat and Lake Wildfires Have Until Tuesday to Apply for Disaster Loans

The deadline to apply for disaster recovery loans from the S.B.A. is Dec. 15. | Photo courtesy of L.A. County

Disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (S.B.A.) are still available to Los Angeles County residents and businesses who suffered damage as a result of the Lake Fire and Bobcat Fire. The deadline to apply for disaster recovery loans from the S.B.A. is Dec. 15. 

Businesses of all sizes 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. S.B.A. low interest loans can also help businesses with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. 

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

For assistance with your application, visit the Los Angeles County Disaster Help Center at If you do not have access to the internet, have limited computer proficiency, or speak languages other than English, you may call L.A. County’s Disaster Help Center at (833) 238-4450. Multilingual business counselors are standing by to assist business owners in completing applications Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There are several ways you may apply for loans: 

  1. Complete an application online at
  2. Call S.B.A.’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on disaster assistance.
  3. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339

The SBA is also offering assistance through their Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center at or by phone at (800) 659-2955.

Economic injury disaster loans intend to assist through the disaster recovery period, and they help to meet working capital needs including purchasing inventory, supplies, and covering day-to-day expenses such as rent and payroll. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business has suffered any property damage or not.

Interest rates may be as low as 3% for businesses, and 2.75% for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.188% for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are determined by S.B.A. and based on each applicant’s financial conditions. 

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