ATLANTA, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the opening of two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) and a Business Recovery Center in Kentucky on Monday, April 2. These Centers will continue to provide one-on-one assistance to homeowners, renters and business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, winds and flooding that occurred between Feb. 29 and March 3, 2012.
"Survivors who receive a SBA disaster loan application should submit it as soon as possible to receive consideration for a loan to help with their recovery," said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East. "SBA's Customer Service Representatives will be on hand at all of the Centers to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and assist survivors with completing their applications," Skaggs added.
All SBA Centers will remain at the current Disaster Recovery Center locations and open Monday, April 2, with hours Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, closed Saturdays and Sundays; and remain open until further notice, at the following locations:
Disaster Loan Outreach Centers
Business Recovery Center
Goshen Christian Church
1773 Bracht Piner Road
Morning View, KY 41063
Lawrence County Community Center
180 Bulldog Lane
Louisa, KY 41230
Paintsville Recreation Center
232 Preston Street
Paintsville, KY 41240
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. To obtain additional assistance call, the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to [email protected]. Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA's website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is May 7, 2012. The deadline to return economic injury applications is December 6, 2012.
For more information about the SBA's Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov.