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Assistance available to those affected by slide

Those who have been affected by the 530 slide are encouraged to contact FEMA to find out about which aid programs that are available.

Programs include rental payments for temporary housing, grants for home repairs, grants to replace personal property, unemployment payments, low-interest loans for homes, loans for small businesses, crisis counseling, legal assistance and more. Call 1-800-621-3326 for more information.  A FEMA office is set up at the city’s utility building at 154 W. Cox Ave. in Arlington.

The Small Business Administration currently has representatives in Arlington to assist.  SBA offers low-interest disaster loans.  Home Disaster Loans, Business Physical Disaster Loans, and Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available.   To verify eligibility, please visit our website at www.arlingtonwa.gov/index.aspx?page=37&recordid=498&returnURL=%2findex.aspx for details in filing for and receiving aid.

Disaster unemployment benefits are now available through the Washington State Employment Security Administration, to workers and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the State Route 530 landslide. Applications must be submitted by May 5. Learn more online at www.esd.wa.gov/newsandinformation/breakingnews/landslide-unemployment-help.php.

North Sound 211 is helping coordinate the 530 slide needs. If you have a 425 or 360 area code, just dial 211. Otherwise, you can call 1-800-223-8145 to be connected with a trained information and referral specialist who can provide the most up-to-date details on local resources available to you. 211 is also coordinating donations and volunteers.

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