For Immediate Release - June 12, 2015

Baker-Polito Administration Announces SBA Assistance for Arlington

Assistance Available to Victims of Condominium Complex Blaze

BOSTON, MA - Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the victims of the four-alarm fire, which tore through the Brookside Condominium Complex on Arizona Terrace in Arlington on Monday May 5, 2015, can apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Tragically,   one   person died.  Additionally, thirty-six units were damaged or destroyed.  Sixty units remain uninhabitable due to water and smoke damage, mold issues, and, with respect to twenty-four of the units, lack of electricity service. Several automobiles were also damaged.

“The prompt approval from the SBA for this disaster declaration is a promising first step toward healing the devastated community of Arlington,” stated Governor Baker.  “The assistance the SBA can provide to those most impacted by this fire will continue to help Arlington move forward the recovery process.”

The SBA will provide long term, low interest loans to homeowners of up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. These SBA loans would provide an important source of financing for uninsured or under-insured residents.

The SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center being stood up at the Arlington Board of Health to answer questions about the loan program, explain the application process and help individuals complete their application.

The Disaster Loan Outreach Center location:

Board of Health

27 Maple Street (ground floor)

Arlington, MA  02476

Opens:     Tuesday, June 16 at 8 a.m.

Hours:      8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

                 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday

                 8 a.m. to noon, Friday

                 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday

Closed:    Sunday

Closing:  Tuesday, June 23 at 4 p.m.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 10, 2015.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 11, 2016.

 

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management.  By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - - individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses - - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, coordinating response operations, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.

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