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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Maine Residents Affected by Apartment Fires in Lewiston

WASHINGTON – Maine residents and businesses affected by the apartment fires on April 29 and May 3 in downtown Lewiston can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today.
 
Administrator Mills made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Paul R. LePage on May 23, requesting disaster declarations by the SBA.  Both declarations cover Androscoggin County and the adjacent counties of Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Sagadahoc in Maine.
 
“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Maine 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 are available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.
 
The Center is located in the following community and is open as indicated:
 
Androscoggin County
Lewiston City Hall
27 Pine Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
 
Opening:    Tuesday, June 4 at 8 a.m.
Hours:        8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday, June 4–6
Closing:     Thursday, June 6 at 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 Marilyn J. Geroux, SBA’s Maine 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 upgrades that lessen the risk of property damage by similar future disasters.
 
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private nonprofit 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 1.875 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.875 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.
 
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded 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.
 
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 29, 2013.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 3, 2014.
 
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Release Number: 
13-579
Release Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2013
Contact: 
Michael Lampton
Related State: 
Maine
Field Operations Center: 
East