Sunday, July 17, 2011

SBA Loans Now Available for NNJ March Flood Victims

WASHINGTON – Residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding on March 10-17, in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties in Northern New Jersey can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today.

Mills made the loans available in response to a letter from New Jersey Gov. Christie on June 9, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Essex, Morris and Passaic counties and the adjacent counties of Bergen, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren in New Jersey; and Orange and Rockland counties in New York.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of New Jersey with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes with federal disaster loans,” said Administrator Mills. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“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,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. SBA’s customer service representatives will be on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the process, issue and help individuals complete their applications.

Those affected by the disaster may apply for disaster loans from SBA’s website at
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is August 15, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 14, 2012.

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