Big Island Tsunami Relief – Community Meeting Announced

Media Release:

Brenda Ford Council District 7 and Brittany Smart Council District 6 will co-host a community meeting to provide information from the Small Business Administration (Olivia Humilde), Habitat for Humanity West Hawai‘i (Patrick Hurney), and the Hawai‘i State Civil Defense on the possibilities for financial or other assistance for damage or destruction created by the recent tsunami event of March 11-12, 2011 in West Hawai‘i.  The meeting will be held Monday, April 18th at 6 p.m. at Yano Hall in Captain Cook.

Councilwomen Brittany Smart and Brenda Ford (Background)

Councilwomen Brittany Smart and Brenda Ford (Background) at the 2010 Hawaii County Innauguration

The recent announcement by President Barack Obama regarding a Declaration of Disaster for the State of Hawai‘i allows  federal assistance only to repair county-owned and state-owned infrastructure damaged in the recent tsunami event.  Such infrastructure includes: roads, bridges, public buildings, and harbors, sewers, and water systems, etc.

However, there may be some assistance for homeowners, renters, and business owners through the Small Business Administration (SBA) which encourages everyone who sustained damage to their homes, businesses, rental property, and contents of their buildings to contact the SBA for applications.  SBA may be able to help in all areas of concern.

Habitat for Humanity (Patrick Hurney) will be able to explain their programs to empower families with home ownership and to increase their financial assets.  Additionally, some families whose houses were destroyed by the tsunami and who meet Habitat for Humanity requirements may be able to qualify to have a Habitat for Humanity house built as a replacement.

Please come to the meeting with your questions regarding financial and other assistance for your recovery from the tsunami.

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