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FEMA Approves More than $289 Million in Loans for 73 Municipalities

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October 11, 2018
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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan Program has approved more than $289 million for 73 municipalities throughout Puerto Rico.


FEMA recently approved 11 municipalities for loans totaling $41.3 million.

  • Arecibo, Gurabo and Vega Baja were approved $5 million each.
  • Aguada, Ciales, Corozal and Las Piedras were approved more than $3 million each.
  • Barranquitas, Ceiba, Luquillo and Naguabo were approved more than $2 million each.

Community Disaster Loans are provided to local governments that suffered a substantial loss of tax and other revenues as a result of a disaster and can demonstrate a need for federal financial assistance to perform critical functions. Examples include expenses for fire and police departments and teachers.

In April and May, FEMA announced 20 municipalities were the first to be approved for loans. These were followed by 31 additional municipalities approved in June and July and 11 more municipalities in August and September.


Loan applications are pending for additional municipalities to help with their essential functions.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.


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October 11, 2018 - 14:50