Thompson and Garamendi Announce Disaster Loans Now Available for Nonprofits in Lake County

Oct 11, 2018
Press Release
Assistance available through SBA as part of disaster declaration

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03) announced that the Mendocino Complex Disaster Declaration has been amended to offer Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to private non-profit organizations in Lake County. This assistance is available to organizations that offer essential government service.

“Throughout the recovery process, our community depends on the service of our second responders, those organizations that provide relief, centralize support services, and distribute aid once the fires have been extinguished. Today I am proud to announce that the federal government will provide loans to those organizations that provide that support that may have been damaged in the fire,” said Thompson. “I will continue fighting to bring every federal dollar and resource to our community throughout this recovery period. Together, we will rebuild and come back even stronger.”

“The availability of SBA loans for non-profit organizations that are facilitating recovery efforts is great news for Lake County,” said Garamendi. “We need the active participation of the whole community to help Lake County recover from these devastating wildfires, and this is another step in the right direction. I’m doing everything in my power to ensure Lake County gets every piece of federal support it is entitled to.”

Organizations interested in applying can visit or call 800-659-2955 to find out if they qualify and submit their application. Applications must be received by May 6, 2019. You can also click here to download Thompson’s Fire Recovery Guide.


Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.