Disaster press release 22-449, PR 17640/17641

SBA Disaster Loans Available to Residents and Businesses in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Fiona; SBA Opens Four More Business Recovery Centers

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that businesses, homeowners, renters and nonprofit organizations in any of the 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico are eligible to apply a for low-interest SBA disaster loans for their damages due to Hurricane Fiona. 

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives are available at six Business Recovery Centers to answer questions and provide one-to-one assistance to Puerto Ricans who need help with applying for a low-interest disaster loan. The SBA’s Business Recovery Centers are open as indicated until further notice:  

SBA Business Recovery Center

Barranquitas Municipality

Inter-American University of Puerto Rico

Barranquitas Regional College

Games Room in the Multipurpose Center Building

Highway 156, Intersection 719, Bo, Helechal

Barranquitas, PR  00794


Opening: Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon 5 p.m. 

Hours:      Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.                     

Closed:Saturday and Sunday

SBA Business Recovery Center 

Caguas Municipality

Centro de Gobierno Municipal 

Calle Alejandro Tapia y Rivera

Caguas, PR 00725


Hours:      Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.                     

Closed:     Saturday and Sunday 

SBA Business Recovery Center

Fajardo Municipality

Inter-American University of Puerto Rico

Parque Batey Central, C. Unión,

Fajardo, PR 00738


Opening: Thursday, Sept. 29, noon 5 p.m. 

Hours:      Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.                     

Closed:    Saturday and Sunday 

SBA Business Recovery Center 

Mayagüez Municipality

Women’s Business Center

Villa Capitan II Building, Suite 204 Mayagüez

828 Hostos Avenue (Party City Heights)

Mayagüez, PR 00682


Opening: Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon 5 p.m. 

Hours:      Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closed:    Saturday and Sunday 

SBA Business Recovery Center

Ponce Municipality

Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

Recinto de Ponce

104 Turpeaux Ind Park, Room 107

Mercedita, Ponce, PR 00715

Opening:   Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon 5 p.m. 

Hours:        Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.              

Closed:       Saturday and Sunday

SBA Business Recovery Center

Yabucoa Municipality

Biblioteca Municipal de Yabucoa

3 CII Catalina Morales

Yabucoa, PR 00767

Hours:  Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.              

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about the disaster loan program and assist business owners in completing their applications. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA has established protocols to help protect the health and safety of the public. All visitors to the BRCs are encouraged to wear a face mask.  

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. 

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

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property.

Building back smarter and stronger can be an effective recovery tool for future disasters. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase of up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA, for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, elevation, retaining walls, and landscaping to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Applicants that have an existing SBA disaster loan may apply under this declaration. Businesses and residents with previous SBA disaster loans and current applicants have up to two years from the date of their prior loan approval in which to request a loan increase for mitigation projects.

Interest rates are as low as 3.04 for businesses, 1.875 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/  and should apply under SBA declaration # 17640.

Disaster loan information and application forms can also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services) or sending an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be 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 Nov. 21, 2022. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2023.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.