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MA 13417 - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Massachusetts Residents Affected by the Natural Gas Explosion

WASHINGTON – Massachusetts residents and businesses affected by the Natural Gas Explosion in the City of Springfield on Nov. 23, 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. Deval L. Patrick on Dec. 5, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Hampden County and the adjacent counties of Berkshire, Hampshire and Worcester in Massachusetts; Hartford, Litchfield and Tolland in Connecticut.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Massachusetts with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes wi