Outreach center opens in Gibson City for help applying for flood relief loans

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GIBSON CITY, Ill. (WCIA) – Starting Thursday, help will be available for businesses, homeowners and tenants in Gibson City who wish to apply for financial assistance.

On Monday, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the US Small Business Administration had approved the state aid request.

And on Tuesday, members of the state Congress, Representative Tom Bennett and Senator Jason Barickman, announced that a disaster lending awareness center would open on Thursday,

The couple spent the day visiting the wreckage left behind after a millennial flood that occurred two weeks ago. They also saw evidence of a community coming together to rebuild.

“I mean we’ve seen some businesses that have been affected. Obviously this will have its own repercussions as well, but when you have people displaced from their homes, some of them permanently – again, they face a situation that no one wants to face: themselves. wake up one day in a house that at the end of the day is a place they can never return to, ”said Senator Barickman.

The money available from the Small Business Administration will come in the form of loans, so repayment is required across the board. This is why the awareness center is being installed at the Gibson City Fire Department.

“It’s part of a process,” added Representative Bennett. “Things never turn out quite the way you want them to, but at the same time people reacted very quickly. “

The proximity center will open on Thursday at 9 a.m. It will remain open from Monday to Saturday until September 9 (Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Donations can be sent to the Bank of Gibson City and directed to the City of Gibson Emergency Flood Relief Fund.

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