BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tornado recovery officials are concerned that many Alabamians with April storm losses could miss out on valuable disaster recovery grants and low-interest disaster recovery loans by not returning completed applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The deadline to send in the SBA disaster loan application is Monday, July 18. The paperwork takes less than a half hour to complete.
“If the SBA determines you are not able to afford a low-interest loan, you may be referred back to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for possible grant assistance,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “If you do qualify for a disaster loan, you may need it to repair or replace disaster-damaged property.”
It is a win-win situation for everybody who received a loan application from SBA to complete it and return it even if you feel you won’t need or qualify for a loan.
Those affected by the disaster may apply for disaster loans electronically through SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Loan application forms can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov and mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The SBA has set up nine temporary one-stop shops—called Disaster Loan Outreach Centers—to provide information about disaster loans and offer assistance filling out applications. To locate a center or learn more about disaster loans, call 800-659-2955 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT or send an e-mail to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.
Those with a speech disability or hearing loss may call 800-877-8339.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
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FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.