Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Huntingdon County after a devastating fire earlier this month destroyed dozens of apartments and one business.
"To lose one's home to a fire, particularly during a pandemic, is almost incomprehensible," said Governor Wolf. "These low-interest loans will help those affected replace what they've lost and get back on their feet."
Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the fire in Huntingdon County, as well as neighboring counties Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata and Mifflin may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.
Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial qualifications.
In accordance with health precautions for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the SBA will not establish a physical Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in the community to assist survivors. However, SBA will continue to provide first class customer service and conduct outreach virtually with webinars, skype calls, phone assistance and step-by-step application assistance.
To this end, SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC) to help survivors apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ and there are virtual customer support representatives available to assist applicants with completing the online application.
Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)
Open: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays
Phone for Individuals & Businesses: (571) 422-1925 or (571) 422-6016
It is important to note that this information applies only to the fire in Huntingdon County. It is not applicable for any COVID-19-related SBA assistance.
Those who want to apply for an SBA loan should contact the Customer Service Representatives at (571) 422-1925 or (571) 422-6016 to schedule an appointment for immediate one-on-one assistance in completing their applications. Requests for SBA disaster loan program information may be obtained by emailing FOCE-Help@sba.gov. The SBA will conduct extensive outreach to ensure that all impacted by the disaster are afforded the opportunity to seek assistance.
Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC 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 21, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Feb. 22, 2021.
Lyndsay Kensinger (Governor's Office), firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Miller (PEMA), email@example.com
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