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Release date: 
October 15, 1999
Release Number: 
1299-30

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Since the Presidential disaster declaration 9,576 disaster survivors in 11 declared counties have applied for assistance, and a total of $ 5,936,325 has been approved for disaster grants and low-interest loans.

Disaster housing assistance grants, totaling more than $3 million for some 2,800 applicants, covers temporary rental assistance or emergency home repair that makes the dwelling safe and habitable. A total of $ 485,099 also has been approved for 274 people who will receive Individual and Family Grant (IFG) funds for serious, unmet needs that are not covered by other programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $ 2,414,900 in low-interest disaster loans for 86 homeowners, who received $ 2,152,000, and 14 businesses that received $ 262,900. Out of 4,013 loan applications issued, SBA officials have had only 570 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 as soon as possible.

If the loan application is not completed and returned, it may affect other forms of disaster assistance. The deadline to call and apply for disaster assistance 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 nonprofit 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.Apps.ApprovedApproved $$
Berkeley663141$96, 027
Charleston2,253561$ 526,794
Colleton14041$ 53,319
Dillon632$ 2,092
Dorchester1234$ 3,335
Florence6814$ 7,486
Georgetown1,489431$ 385,954
Horry3,8701,269$ 1,658,113
Marion11612$ 12,173
Orangeburg12316$ 11,725
Williamsburg668200$ 279,308
Total9,5762,646$ 3,036,326

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 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.

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February 26, 2013 - 16:36
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