Disaster Assistance Dollars Triple in One Week: Now $4.5 Million

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October 12, 1999
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Since the Presidential disaster declaration 8,635 disaster survivors in eleven declared counties have applied for assistance, and a total of $ 4,575,606 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 $ 1,956,400 in low-interest disaster loans for 71 homeowners, who have received $ 1,781,800, and eight businesses that received $ 174,600. Out of 3,394 loan applications issued, SBA officials have had only 400 applications returned. These loan officials urge people who received application packets when they applied for assistance to get those completed documents back to the SBA in the Disaster Recovery Centers as soon as possible. The deadline for SBA loan packets is Friday, November 19.

The SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long-term disaster recovery for owners of private property, including homeowners, renters, landlords, 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:

County Apps.ApplicationsApps. ApprovedApproved $$
Berkeley580112$ 76,815
Charleston2,098465$ 472,372


  • Residents and business owners in the declared counties who sustained storm or flood-related damage or loss between September 14 and 30 must begin the disaster application process by calling toll-free 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., seven days a week, until further notice.
  • Disaster survivors who have completed this registration process can have their specific recovery questions answered by visiting federal and state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Conway, and the SBA "workshop" at Myrtle Beach. Three-day DRCs will be open at the National Guard Armory in Summerville and the Fire Department in...
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