AR 15982-04 SBA Tops $10 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA has approved $10.8 million in federal disaster loans for Arkansas businesses and residents impacted by severe storms and flooding that occurred May 21 – June 14, 2019. According to Garfield, SBA has approved $10,868,200 for businesses and residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

“SBA’s disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible,” said Garfield. Businesses and residents in Arkansas, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell counties who sustained damages are encouraged to register prior to the August 7, 2019, deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov. “Don’t miss out on any assistance you may be entitled to by not registering for help. You don’t need to wait for your insurance to settle or obtain a contractor’s estimate,” she added.

SBA continues to provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants at the following locations on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

DESHA COUNTY
Disaster Recovery Center
First United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall
230 Court St.
Dumas, AR  71639

Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Closes 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 24

FAULKNER COUNTY
Disaster Recovery Center
Mayflower Community Shelter
4 Grove Circle
Mayflower, AR  72106
(behind the First Security Bank building)

Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Closes 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27

JEFFERSON COUNTY
Disaster Recovery Center
Donald W. Reynolds Community Center
Red Cross Training Room
211 West Third Ave.
Pine Bluff, AR  71601

Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

PULASKI COUNTY
Disaster Recovery Center
North Little Rock Community Center (Large room)
2700 Willow St.
North Little Rock, AR  72114

Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

SEBASTIAN COUNTY
Disaster Recovery Center
Central Mall – Second floor
5111 Rogers Ave., Suite 605
Fort Smith, AR  72903

Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

YELL COUNTY
Disaster Recovery Center
Dardanelle Community Center
2011 Highway 22 West
Dardanelle, AR  72834

Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Closes 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA can also lend additional funds to help business and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 9, 2020.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

###

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. 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.

Release Number: 
AR 15982-04
Release Date: 
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 8:00pm
Contact: 
Richard Jenkins (916) 735-1500
Related State: 
Arkansas
Field Operations Center: 
West