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SBA’s Deadline is March 31 for Physical Damage Disaster Loan Applications in Florida
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Broward, Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties in Florida of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the severe storms, heavy rain, strong winds and flooding on Jan. 9-10. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is March 31, 2014. 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. 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. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture 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 2.250 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. The SBA sets the loan amounts and terms 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. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.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 March 31, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is October 30, 2014. # # # For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.