The county's goal is to present 25 properties with at least 40 percent damage, Hoppin said. If the county meets that requirement, private homeowners would qualify loans for storm-related damage not covered by insurance.
Hoppin said the county likely will meet the requirement for the loans, which provide up to
"There's a lot more damage than 40 sites," Hoppin said of the inspected homes. "Those are the large-impact sites. Lots of them have geologic damage."
SBA loans are part of the latest quest for funding after storms in December, January and February soaked the
Emergency declarations start the process to acquire state assistance and potentially federal emergency funding for damaged roads.
Homeowners' losses are not included in the total damage to roads.
Hoppin said the county is investigating the total damage to private property, which will be millions of dollars. If the county qualifies for SBA loans, the administration would set up an office in
"For a lot of people who've suffered storm damage, it's going to be an avenue to repair their homes," Hoppin said. "But it's not a grant program."
"This structure or site has the potential for further damage or collapse at any time and is unsafe," according to the tag placed by county building inspector
Caballero said his home's damage is not covered by his insurance. He said he is trying to arrange a lower tax value to reduce his tax bill.
"I've also sent in the hardship package to my lender to let them know I won't be able to make a payment," Caballero said. "I'm trying to be proactive instead of just walking away."
Hoppin said SBA inspectors assessed many homes damaged by land "moving out from under them." Caballero's is an extreme example of such a geologic hazard.
"Hopefully, we hear back from the
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