Our thoughts are collectively with our friends and neighbors in Surfside who were impacted by a devastating building collapse at Champlain Towers on Thursday, June 24.
To view the latest updates, visit the Town of Surfside’s webpage.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation, The Key Biscayne Community Foundation, The Miami Foundation, and Miami HEAT have launched a fund to financially support those impacted. If you would like to contribute, visit supportsurfside.org.
Emotional Support Hotline
Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering a free grief counseling hotline to anyone in need of emotional support. The hotline is open 24 hours a day and will connect callers with trained, caring professionals. The services are free to all Floridians, including those who do not have insurance or have coverage with another health plan, and will be available as long as they are needed.
Assistance for Impacted Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Florida businesses and residents affected by the collapse at Champlain Towers South can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The following SBA disaster loans are available to eligible Miami-Dade County businesses, homeowners, or renters impacted by the Surfside condo collapse:
- Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
- Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) through the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@SBA.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from DisasterLoan.SBA.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.