HOUMA, LA — Fishermen seeking loans to replace or repair boats or equipment damaged during Hurricane Isaac may be eligible for up to $250 from the Friends of the Fishermen Foundation. The funds, being administered by South Central Planning and Development Commission, can be used to cover application or origination fees at banks, finance companies or lending institutions.
“Friends of the Fishermen started in 2010 to assist fishermen and their families recover after being affected by a series of natural disasters and the Gulf Oil Spill.” said Mike Voisin, chairman of Friends of the Fishermen. “We have been able to help many families in our fishing communities and we are hoping to be able to help more through this program.”
South Central Planning and Development also has low interest loans available and language assistance for Spanish or Vietnamese fishermen who are completing forms and documents for FEMA, SBA and other State and Federal programs currently available.
For more information individuals should contact Cullen or Lily at South Central Planning and Development Commission, 985-655-1051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.