PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Individuals and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred in April, have 14 days remaining to apply for federal disaster assistance before the June 25 deadline.
More than 14,800 residents in the designated counties of Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union have applied for assistance and more than $30 million in federal grants and low-interest loans have been approved.
The following is an update of recovery activities from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as of close of business Sunday, June 10, 2007.
- 14,827 homeowners and renters from the designated counties have applied for assistance.
- $15.9 million in federal grants have been approved to date for applicants through FEMA?s Individuals and Household Program. This assistance may be used for temporary disaster housing assistance; repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and replacement grants for serious, disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
- Over $15 million in SBA low-interest disaster loans have been approved for homeowners, renters and business owners
- More than 13,000 inspections have been completed.
- 4,286 people have visited one of 13 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) that were opened in New Jersey.
- 13,592 disaster loan applications have been issued by the SBA, including 12,066 for homeowners and renters and 1,515 for businesses. SBA officials encourage anyone who has received an application from the SBA to submit it as soon as possible in order to avoid delaying other forms of possible assistance. The deadline to submit the SBA loan application is June 25.
Assistance Still Just a Toll-Free Call Away
Federal and state officials urge anyone who suffered damages or loss from the severe storms and flooding that occurred April 14-20 to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. The lines are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until further notice. Individuals also may register at www.fema.gov . The deadline to apply for assistance is June 25.
Disaster Recovery Center Available
The DRC in Bound Brook is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will be closing Wednesday, June 13.
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Centers Available
There are seven SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) in Lumberton, Paterson, Pennsauken, Piscataway, Clayton, Lodi and Fairfield where SBA representatives are available to answer questions and help individuals complete their low-interest loan applications. The DLOCs are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Paterson, whose hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Lodi, whose hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For business questions, a Business Assistance Center is open in Bound Brook, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
SBA offers disaster loans up to $200,000 to repair disaster-damaged primary residences. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to replace damaged personal property such as furniture and clothing. Loans to businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations up to $1.5 million are available to repair or replace damaged real estate, machinery and equipment, supp...