Don't Delay Turning in Your SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Application

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Release date: 
June 14, 2011
Release Number: 
1980-049

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- If you are a homeowner, renter or business owner in a declared disaster area, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is your primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery.

To date, SBA has issued 8,313 disaster assistance loan applications to Missourians already registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  A total of $4,195,900 in SBA loans has been approved.

The first step in the recovery process is registering with FEMA.

Registration may be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone through m.FEMA.gov, or by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multi-language assistance is available. Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.

You may receive a SBA low-interest disaster loan application package in the mail. Complete the loan package and return it promptly. You are under no obligation to accept the loan if approved. The SBA application is a necessary step in the recovery process and to be considered for other forms of FEMA disaster assistance.

You do not need to return the application to be considered eligible for temporary housing assistance, and grants for public transportation, medical, dental or burial expenses.

These are critical steps in the recovery process.

SBA low interest disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

For more information, visit your nearest Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800)659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov.  Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

DRCs currently open include:

Butler County
Three Rivers Community College
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Rooms A202 and A203
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Open:   Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DRC will close at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cape Girardeau County
Shawnee Park Center
835 S. West End Blvd.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
DRC will close at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jasper County
First Methodist Church
501 W. 4th St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Open:Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Taylor Performing Arts Center
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801
Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

New Madrid County

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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