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.
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.
Volunteers and Donations
United Way is the official coordinator of volunteers and donations for the County Emergency Operations Center. They are recruiting volunteers who want to be activated and deployed to assist via VolunteerMiami.org. As of this time, donations of physical goods and food are not currently needed, but this could change at any time.
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
Federal and state emergency assistance is available for small businesses that have been directly impacted by the Surfside building collapse. Please note the specific requirements for each program below:
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Assistance
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has activated Florida’s Emergency Bridge Loan program to support small businesses in Miami-Dade County that have been directly impacted by the Surfside Condo Collapse. Applications must be submitted on or before Aug. 9 2021.
An initial allotment of $5 million is available for business loans up to $50,000 to help bridge the gap between the time of economic impact and the distribution of financial resources. Businesses impacted by the Surfside condo collapse can apply online or learn more about the program by visiting www.floridajobs.org/ebl. Alternatively, business owners can call 833.832.4494. DEO has a mobile unit and team available in the Surfside business district at 95 Street between Harding and Collins avenues.
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.
Business Recovery Center for Businesses Affected
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the July 6 opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Miami-Dade County, Florida to help businesses impacted by the Surfside Building Collapse. The BRC is located in the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Mobile Unit at 95th Street and Collins Avenue in close proximity to the Surfside Business District. It will operate Monday through Saturday until further notice.
The SBA also opened a Disaster Loan Outreach Center on June 30 at the Sea View Hotel in Bal Harbour to assist survivors. SBA representatives at both Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.
Surfside Business Recovery Center
Florida DEO Mobile Unit
95th Street and Collins Avenue
Surfside, FL 33154
Opening: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Family Assistance Center
Sea View Hotel
9909 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
7 days a week
As emergency efforts continue at the Champlain Towers site, Collins and Harding Avenues will remain partially closed. Residential roads are accessible to residents only. For more details on road closings, visit the Town of Surfside’s webpage.
Latest Emergency Updates
For the latest emergency updates on the building collapse in Surfside, Miami-Dade County has created a webpage at miamidade.gov/emergency.