VA 12663 - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington County Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Tornadoes in Virginia

Release Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Release Number: 11-524
Related State:
Virginia
Tennessee
Field Operations Center: East
Contact: Michael Lampton
WASHINGTON –Residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on April 27 in Washington County, Virginia, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today.
 
Mills made the loans available in response to a letter from Virginia Gov. Robert E. McDonnell on June 24, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.  The declaration covers Washington County, the adjacent independent City of Bristol, and the neighboring counties of Grayson, Russell, Scott and Smyth in Virginia; and Johnson and Sullivan counties in Tennessee.
 
“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Virginia with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes with federal disaster loans,” said Administrator Mills.  “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”
 
“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.   Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.  SBA’s customer service representatives will be on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the process, issue and help individuals complete their applications.
 
The Center will be located in the following community and will open as indicated:
 
Washington County
County Administration Building
205 Academy Drive
Abingdon, Virginia  24210
 
Opening:        Wednesday, July 6, 2011
    Hours:        8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Days:        Weekdays from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.
                        Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closing:         Thursday, July 14 at the close of business
 
“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,” said Ronald E. Bew, SBA’s Virginia district director.
 
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, and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
 
Interest rates are as low as 2.688 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
 
Individuals and businesses unable to visit the Center in person may obtain information on loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Business loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA website at www.sba.gov.Completed applications should be returned to the Center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. 
 
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 August 29, 2011.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 29, 2012.
 
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For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov.

  

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