Palm Desert companies are hoping for the city’s emergency loan program

The city council approved a reallocation of city funds to create the Unite Palm Desert Emergency Business Relief loan program. The move provides an additional $ 500,000 to its local businesses affected by recent COVID-related closures.

“We are just hectic every day.” said Greg Rangel. “Every day is a struggle, we look forward to tomorrow and are working for it today.”

The Palm Desert Gastro Grind Burgers eatery is one of hundreds of Valley restaurants trying to hold out.

“When we started the shutdown, we had 12 full-time employees,” said Rangel. “Now we only have three full-time employees and sometimes we, as owners, of course, go in and help where we can.”

Greg Rangel, a restaurant owner, had to cut over 70 percent of his staff because of the pandemic.

And with this recent shutdown, it has been difficult to keep employees on the payroll.

“Sometimes they call us, they want to work, but if there is no work, there is no work,” said Rangel. “We’re just trying to increase sales.”

Stories like this have led the City of Palm Desert to launch a new $ 500,000 program to help local businesses affected by the shutdown.

“It’s difficult and the fact that it was nine months ago I mean we made it this far,” said Rangel. “We can hope that we can continue.”

Companies applying for the program could receive a forgivable $ 5,000 loan.

“It’s a wonderful Christmas present, but it won’t do much if we don’t operate,” said Fabienne Fuentes.

Fabienne Fuentes, owner of the French Rotisserie Café, is happy that the city wants to help, but says that in the long run this will not be enough to cover their bills.

“I think it would be great for a week, but for a year or six months or three months, uh, the needs are just so deep and so big,” said Fuentes.

In a special session of the county, the members also decided that the city would not take any additional measures to enforce the home stay orders.

“It’s too uneven,” said Fuentes. “There is no consistency in the way things are done. It is very difficult for companies to move if you are not sure where the rules are.”

The city council approved a reallocation of city funds to create the Unite Palm Desert Emergency Business Relief loan program. The move provides an additional $ 500,000 to its local businesses affected by recent COVID-related closures.

According to the city, businesses on this list include restaurants (no al fresco dining), personal care services (hair and nail salons), car washes, pet care facilities, piercing shops, massage therapy, electrologists, beauticians, skin care and tattoo shops.

Companies can apply for the loan program from December 24th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. www.cityofpalmdesert.org/Emergency-Business-Relief

Loan applications are processed according to the first-come-first-served principle until the loan funds are used up.

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