Programs Available for Disaster Relief

With President Clinton's disaster declaration, Ventura County homeowners, farmers and businesses that sustained flood damage can qualify for assistance. Programs include:

* Rental payments for temporary housing.

* Grants for minor home repairs.

* Grants for up to $12,600 for serious repairs or losses not covered by insurance or other programs.

* Unemployment payments for workers who lost jobs due to flooding.

* Low-interest loans as high as $200,000 for homes and $1.5 million for business property losses.

* Loans as high as $500,000 for farmers.

* Loans as high as $1.5 million for small businesses suffering cash flow problems related to flooding.

* For information or applications call: (800) 462-9029 or (800) 462-7585 (TDD) for the hearing and speech impaired. Call from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

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