FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) will open Monday, Sept. 14. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) outreach centers will continue serving Jefferson County residents as they recover from the Aug. 4 storms and flooding.
The two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Louisville will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, so they can reopen as SBA DLOCs on Monday at 9 a.m.
"At this stage of the recovery process, it is normal to make the transition from a recovery center to an outreach center," said Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel.
SBA representatives will be at the centers to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process, help individuals complete their application and close approved disaster loans. FEMA representatives also will be available for a limited time to assist applicants with FEMA recovery programs.
"Even though the Disaster Recovery Centers are transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, FEMA is still helping households in Jefferson County," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Michael J. Lapinski. "Applicants with questions or those who need assistance are encouraged to call FEMA's toll-free Helpline at 800-621-FEMA."
The outreach centers will be open from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturdays. They will continue to operate at the following locations (the same locations as the DRCs):
South Louisville Community Center
2911 Taylor Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40208
Old Trolley Barn
1701 Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40202
Numerous homeowners, renters and business owners who have registered for FEMA assistance may have received SBA disaster loan applications in the mail.
After a disaster, low-interest disaster assistance loans from the SBA may be available to eligible homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and certain private, non-profit organizations. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of funds for repairing and rebuilding private property damaged by a disaster. Just because an applicant is eligible for an SBA loan, they are under no obligation to accept the loan.
For many renters and homeowners though, completing and returning the SBA disaster loan application can be a crucial step toward a more complete disaster recovery. Returning the SBA application is important because if a renter or homeowner is turned down for an SBA loan, they may be referred back to FEMA to see if they are eligible for other federal, state or local disaster assistance.
Anyone who has not registered with FEMA for disaster aid, has questions about their application or needs more information about recovery programs should call FEMA's toll-...