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Assistance Surpasses $ Three Million for Tornado Declaration

Release date: 
May 9, 2006
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LITTLE ROCK, AR. -- More than $3,200,000 has been approved in disaster housing, other needs assistance and low-interest disaster loans for Arkansas residents in the seven declared counties, officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) announced today.

The checks have been approved for residents with homes affected by the storms and tornadoes that swept through areas of Arkansas in Conway, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Lawrence, Randolph and White counties the first three days of April. FEMA’s Individuals & Households Program (IHP) and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster loan program have approved the following grants and loans:

Housing Assistance Program



Other Needs Assistance Program



Small Business Administration (SBA)




Total Approved:


Total Inspections Completed



Average Inspection Turnaround


2 Days

Disaster Recovery Centers

Total Visits:


Under the IHP, there are two types of disaster assistance grants: the first provides temporary financial housing assistance, e.g., rental assistance or minimal home repair, or direct housing assistance in which case housing facilities are provided directly to those affected. Grants for temporary rental assistance are available for both homeowners and renters. The second type of grants – other needs assistance – provides financial aid for items such as essential personal property, medical, dental, funeral expenses, transportation and other storm-related expenses.

“The primary funding source for long-term recovery assistance for Arkansas residents and businesses affected by the recent storms and tornadoes is the SBA low-interest disaster loan program,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Carlos Mitchell. “Arkansas residents applying for assistance for damages are urged to return the SBA loan packet promptly, so that any further assistance will not be delayed.”

Before an individual can receive additional assistance, the SBA forms must be returned. To get help completing the loan application, call the SBA at: 1...

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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