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Resources for Employers and Employees

Small Business Administration
SBA has numerous forms of financial assistance for small businesses. Those resources range from working capital loans to disaster assistance loans. Interest rates on the loans can be as low as 3.3 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations. The SBA sets the amounts and terms, which are based on applicants' financial condition. Businesses can borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other assets.

IRS Relief for Businesses

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. 

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor  provides income and job assistance after a disaster. For more information, call  (866) 4-USA-DOL (487-2365). The Department of Labor has approved a $10 million National Dislocated Worker Grant to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in Texas.

Texas Workforce Commission Disaster Unemployment Assistance
If you lost your job because of the hurricane, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Apply.

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Relief for homeowners in the counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Other resources

Several local and national organizations are collecting donations for general disaster relief efforts, including:

Be mindful of charity scams
Make sure your donations are going to the people that need help. Learn how to spot Hurricane Harvey scams. If you suspect you've encountered disaster fraud report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, e-mails can be sent to disaster@leo.gov, and information can be faxed to (225) 334-4707.

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