About Office of Disaster Assistance

Through its Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA), SBA is responsible for providing affordable, timely and accessible financial assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses following a disaster.  Financial assistance is available in the form of low-interest, long-term loans.

SBA’s disaster loans are the primary form of federal assistance for the repair and rebuilding of non-farm, private sector disaster losses.  For this reason, the disaster loan program is the only form of SBA assistance not limited to small businesses.

Disaster Assistance has been part of the agency since its inception in 1953.


James Rivera Photograph
Associate Administrator

James Rivera was named Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance in November 2009 after serving for several months as Acting Associate Administrator. In a typical year...

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Office of Disaster Assistance
409 3rd Street, S.W. Suite 6050
Washington, DC 20416
United States
Phone: 202 205 6734
Fax: 202 205 7728
TTY/TTD: 800-877-8339