SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Michael W. Ricks, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Louisiana District office, announced today that SBA will close its Disaster Loan Outreach Center in LaPlace on Thursday, January 31 at 5:30 pm.
“SBA opened the Disaster Loan Outreach Center in St. John the Baptist Parish to provide personalized assistance to Louisiana residents and business owners who were affected by Hurricane Isaac. Until the center closes, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available on the days and times indicated to meet with residents and business owners to answer their questions and close their approved disaster loans,” said Ricks. No appointment is necessary.
St. John the Baptist
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
2015 West Airline Highway
LaPlace, LA 70068
Mondays through Fridays
9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closes Thursday, January 31 at 5:30 pm
“So far, SBA has approved more than $153.5 million in low interest disaster loans to individuals and businesses. SBA has approved 4,452 loans to Louisiana homeowners and renters for $134.6 million and 454 loans to businesses for $18.9 million,” Ricks said. “To date, more than 31,180 visitors have received personal service from SBA at 40 Disaster Recovery Centers, 11 SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers and 10 SBA Business Recovery Centers,” he continued.
“Even though the deadline to apply for property damage loans expired on November 29, SBA is still offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to small businesses and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business or nonprofit organization suffered any property damage. These EIDL loans have an interest rate of 4% for businesses and 3% for private, nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private, nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Ricks said. The deadline to apply for EIDLs is May 29, 2013.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841