Interest-free loans to help with immediate needs or longer-term recovery costs related to a natural disaster.
Loans can be turned around within days. Our loans can help with a wide range of disaster-related needs:
- Temporary lodging
- Emergency home repairs
- Loss of income / emergency living expenses
- Replacing a car, furnishings, or clothing
- Rebuilding or replacing a home that’s been destroyed
- Business losses
Loan amounts will vary, depending on individual needs, but in most cases the maximum is $20,000 – $25,000. If you’re unsure how much to request, do your best to estimate what you need, and a loan officer will work with you to figure out what makes the most sense, given your situation.
What types of disasters qualify for a disaster relief loan from Hebrew Free Loan of San Francisco? We typically offer loans for wildfires, earthquakes, severe storms, floods, drought, and tornadoes.
Ukraine Assistance loans: If you need a loan to assist family and friends with food, housing, transportation, or other humanitarian needs caused by the war in Ukraine, please apply for a Ukraine Assistance Loan instead.
Feel free to call us at (415) 546-9902 x110 before you apply, if you have questions.
Hebrew Free Loan’s Model
Hebrew Free Loan is based on principles found in the Torah, in which we are commanded not to derive personal benefit — i.e. not to charge interest — when we lend money to assist those in need. Click here to watch a short video about Parashat Mishpatim, the Torah section that contains these teachings.
We’ve proven the success of our model with a repayment rate of over 99.5%. That’s the beauty of interest-free lending. As loans are repaid, funds are recycled to make new loans. Many loan recipients also participate in our Full Circle Club, in which former borrowers pay forward the help they received by donating Hebrew Free Loan to help the next person in need.
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