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Atlanta business owners can now apply for water crisis relief funds

 

By: Greg Lewis

Published on June 27,2024, 11:25 A.M. EST


ATLANTA— small business owners who were impacted by the water crisis can now apply for government funding from the city starting Monday.


Recently two major water main breaks impaired housing and businesses throughout the city for nearly a week.



It was reported that the Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to move $7.5 million into a recovery fund to help businesses get back on track.


“We want to make sure we have the ability to support every small business, who would like some help,” said Councilman Matt Westmoreland, who sponsored the city ordinance.


Entrepreneurs can get approved if they’re registered with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, have an active 2024 city of Atlanta business license and be located within radius of the impacted boil water advisory areas.


“It’s appreciated. No one was expecting it,” Keisha Frederick, manager at Steam House Lounge, told Channel 2 Action News.


Reports show that the Steam House in midtown Atlanta was one of many businesses where the water damage shut them down for days. According to channel 2, the resturant will be applying for some of the relief funds.


The applications will close on July 8, 2024. The city says funds that are not claimed by June 30, 2025 will revert back to the Water & Wastewater Revenue Fund.


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