CORPUS, CHRISTI, Texas -- Hurricane Bret victims in 13 South Texas counties have until 5 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 21) to apply for disaster-recovery assistance. So far, more than 16,000 have called the toll-free registration number, 1-800-462-9029 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585 for individuals with speech or hearing impairments.)
Residents and business owners in 13 South Texas counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance that can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, minor home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also are available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. The counties are Aransas, Brooks, Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, Webb and Willacy.
More than $12,370,352 in grants and loans has been approved to date for Hurricane Bret.
- $8,476,825 in funds for temporary rental assistance and minor, emergency home repairs.
- $1,668,227 in grants for other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by other government or voluntary agency programs.
- $1,743,500 in low-interest disaster-recovery loans for homeowners and renters.
- $481,800 in low-interest disaster recovery loans for businesses.
Applicants may call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and speak with a multilingual intake specialist.