COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Since the Presidential disaster declaration, 6,407 disaster survivors in seven declared counties have applied for assistance, and a total of $ 1,199,379 has been approved for disaster housing assistance and low-interest loans. Disaster housing assistance includes temporary housing costs or emergency home repairs that make the dwelling safe and habitable
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $ 427,000 in low-interest disaster loans for 19 homeowners and 3 businesses. The SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long-term disaster recovery for owners of private property, including homeowners, renters, non-farm businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. These low-interest loans cover costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not fully covered by insurance or other aid.
A county-by-county breakdown of applications and only disaster housing dollars approved:
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Recovery Officials Warn of Contractor Fraud
State and federal disaster recovery officials are advising South Carolina residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. Consumers who have problems with a contractor or have been victims of fraud are urged to contact the State Office of Consumer Affairs at 1 800-922-1594 or the South Carolina Attorney General's office at 803-734-3970. Disaster assistance inspectors carry identification that applicants can request to see, and there is no charge for their service.
Register for Assistance by Telephone
Residents and business owners in the declared counties who sustained storm or flood-related damage or loss between September 14 and 30 can begin the disaster application process by calling 1 800-462-9029 or 1 800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Phone lines are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Sunday, until further notice. Disaster survivors who have completed this teleregistration process can have their specific recovery questions answered by visiting federal and state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Charleston, Conway, Georgetown, Moncks Corner, or Myrtle Beach. The DRC in Walterboro will close Oct. 6, and the Marion DRC will be open from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9.