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One-stop shop for Sandy victims in need of help

Posted: 11:04 PM, Dec 09, 2012
Updated: 2012-12-10 01:46:41-05

SANDY BUSINESS FAIR

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — An elected official used a one-stop shop approach to help his constituents still struggling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan) organized a resource fair Sunday that brought together representatives — all in one room — from federal, state and local agencies, as well as utility companies and social and legal service organizations.

The event held in Dumbo at the Galapagos Art Space, which itself was hit hard by the superstorm, gave Sandy victims an opportunity to ask questions, fill out applications for loans and collect  information for neighbors who couldn’t make it.

Alana Chavez, a Public Affairs Specialist for the Small Business Administration, said it was important for people to know that the SBA isn’t limited to only working with business owners.

“Many of the homeowners and renters were not familiar with the fact that the SBA can offer low interest rate loans to them,” Chavez said.

Edited By Michelle Robinson