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SBA offers assistance to businesses, residents affected by Hurricane Barry

Posted: 9:49 AM, Sep 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-12 10:55:57-04
Morgan City Louisiana 071319

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available for businesses and residents in several Acadiana parishes that was affected by Hurricane Barry that occurred July 10-15, 2019, the Acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced on Thursday.

SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sept. 9, 2019.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Allen, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Catahoula, Concordia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, La Salle, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vernon and West Feliciana parishes.

"Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster," said SBA's Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West. "Beginning Friday, Sept. 13, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application," Garfield continued. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

ALLEN PARISH
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Allen Parish Civic Center
609 Tiger Lane
Oberlin, LA 70655
Opens 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13
Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

AVOYELLES PARISH
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Avoyelles Parish Library
600 North Main St.
Marksville, LA 71351
Opens 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13
Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closes 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

ST. MARY PARISH
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Patterson Civic Center
116 Cotton Road
Patterson, LA 70392
Opens 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13
Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster 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.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela . Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Nov. 12, 2019. The deadline to apply for economic injury is June 11, 2020.