St Paul, MN -- In the six weeks since President Bush declared a major disaster in Minnesota, $6,301,000 has been approved for disaster assistance to help individuals, families and business owners recover from damages caused by flooding, tornadoes and severe storms. These figures were announced by officials from the Minnesota Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The deadline to apply for assistance has been extended to July 31 in consideration of the counties added to the declaration within the last two weeks as a result of damages incurred from more recent severe weather and tornadoes. Those who suffered damage in the disaster--declared counties are urged to apply for disaster assistance by calling 1 800 462--9029, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number for the hearing and speech impaired is 1 800 462--7585.
A total of 65 Minnesota counties are eligible to receive some type of federal--state disaster assistance. At the close of business on June 28, the following numbers of people have applied for or received assistance:
- 2296 Applications have been received
- 1003 Disaster housing grants approved, totaling $1,570,100
- 112 Individual and family grants approved, totaling $177,401
- 180 SBA low--interest loans approved, totaling $4,252,800
(153 approved for homeowners/renters for $2,610,300; 27 approved for business owners for $1,642,500)
(See a county breakdown of disaster applications and housing grant approvals attached.)
Eighty (80) applications have been made for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in the eligible counties. DUA is available through the nearest Minnesota Department of Economic Security (DES) office for those in the most recent storms who lost income because of the disaster, including farmers, farm workers, migrant farm workers, and other self--employed individuals. The deadline for filing an application with DES for those affected in the counties made eligible for DUA on June 6 is July 6th; for those counties made eligible on June 15, the deadline for filing an application is July 16th, and those added thereafter, the deadline is July 26. An application for DUA and more information about the program can be found on the DES website: www.mnworkforcecenter.org, or call 1--888--438--5627 for more information.
SBA Continues Informational Workshops
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will continue to staff workshops in two Minnesota locations where applicants can get answers to their questions about the disaster loan program and help in completing their SBA applications. The Brainerd office will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., closing July 6th at 12:00 nooon. The Willmar office will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The offices will be closed July 4th.
Brainerd Public Library
416 5th Street
Kandiyohi County Public Health Building
2200 23rd Street NE -- Suite 1090
SBA officials urge applicants to complete their loan paperwork as soon as possible, even if they have not received a final settlement from their insurance company. If the loan application is not returned it will delay other forms of disaster assistance.
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