President Biden authorized a disaster declaration for Santa Cruz County on April 3, 2023, covering damages caused by severe winter storms beginning February 21, 2023, and continuing.
The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Santa Cruz County including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will also open in Santa Cruz and Watsonville to provide in-person assistance with FEMA claims and appeals. Further information on DRC locations and hours will be forthcoming.
President Biden previously authorized a disaster declaration for Santa Cruz County on Jan. 14, 2023, covering damages occurring between Dec. 27, 2022 and January 31, 2023. The deadline to apply for individual assistance under that declaration was March 16. If you applied and have ongoing appeals or received requests for additional information, please call 800-621-FEMA or visit www.disasterassistance.gov.
Bilingual FEMA Helpline: 800-621-3362. Available until 8 p.m. PST.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.