Last Day to Apply for an SBA Disaster Loan is Dec. 13

The following press release was issued by the SBA On December 2, 2016:

 

Last Day to Apply for an SBA Disaster Loan is Dec. 13;

SBA Approves Over $29 Million Disaster Loans in South Carolina

 

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is advising businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters not to miss out on the opportunity to obtain a low-interest disaster loan for physical damage due to Hurricane Matthew. There is no cost to apply, or any obligation to take the loan if it is offered. The deadline to apply is Dec. 13, 2016.

 

“Currently, 855 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $29,094,900 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not submitted an SBA disaster loan application to do so before the deadline.”

 

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster, or sump pumps, seawalls, relocation of utilities and elevation.

 

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app.  If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

 

Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

 

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 13, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 12, 2017.

 

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For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster