Assistance available for businesses damaged by Ferguson rioting

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced Friday that money is available to help businesses damaged in Monday’s rioting.

Nixon says $625,000 will be available in the form of zero interest loans to businesses in need.

It’s called the Small Business Relief Program, funded by local banks, The St. Louis Regional Chamber, The Economic Development Partnership and North County Incorporated.

More information about the Small Business Relief Program is online, or by phone at (314) 206-3235 or e-mail at RecoverySTL@stlregionalchamber.com.

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Insurance are available to answer questions at 800-726-7390 and will continue to be available at upcoming events in the greater St. Louis area.

Missourians who lost their job due to the unrest in Ferguson and the surrounding area may be eligible for unemployment benefits. To learn more about unemployment benefits or to file a claim, visit moclaim.mo.gov.

The Access Crisis Intervention (ACI) number (800-811-4760) is available 24 hours a day to help individuals in crisis.