Monday kicked off a week-long series of memorial events in Tuscaloosa to mark the anniversary of April 27, 2011 tornado.
City officials held a Recovery Operations town hall at the new environmental services building on Kaloosa Avenue. Hundreds of people got a chance to see what business and homeowner loan programs are still available.
The city is encouraging people to take advantage of small business and commercial recovery loans and down payment assistance loans for first time homeowners who want to build or buy in the recovery zone. If you qualify, you get $5,000 to put towards your down payment. This loan is also available to people affected by the tornado who had to move outside the recovery zone.
We're told plenty of money is available for the down payment assistance loans.
"And that's a program that we've been challenged on trying to be able to push that money out. The city has set aside a substantial amount of money for this program. And we've only given out two loans to date," Robin Edgeworth, the city's Recovery Operations Director said.
On Tuesday, the city will cut the ribbon on the new environmental services building at 10 a.m. That area was the site of the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency building but it was destroyed during the tornado.