FEMA Registration and SBA Disaster Loan Application Key to Hurricane Recovery

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are urging disaster relief applicants to complete and return US Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application forms.

Completing the loan application is an essential part of the disaster assistance process. He can keep the door open for any federal assistance, including possible additional grants, from FEMA.

FEMA assistance may not cover all property damage or loss. Applying for the SBA loan, however, can make FEMA assistance available to replace essential household items, or replace or repair a damaged vehicle. It is essential that the SBA loan application be completed and returned before further assistance from FEMA can be considered.

Many Pennsylvanians who register for disaster assistance through FEMA may receive a robocall from the SBA with information on how to complete the loan application process. Completing and submitting the SBA loan application, even if you don’t want a loan or think you don’t qualify for a loan, is a required step to getting some forms of disaster relief.

The SBA provides low-interest loans to businesses of all sizes (including homeowners) and eligible homeowners, tenants, and private nonprofit organizations that have suffered damage or loss during severe storms, floods, landslides and mudslides that started on August 31, 2021 through September 5, 2021. There is no fee to apply for a loan.

Homeowners, tenants and businesses affected by the storm in the 8 designated counties may be eligible for federal assistance: Bedford, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and York counties. The SBA has staff at all state and FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to assist businesses, nonprofits, homeowners, and tenants with their loan applications. Additionally, SBA has opened SBA Disaster Recovery Centers (BRCs) in the following locations.

  • SBA Disaster Recovery Center, Philadelphia County
    • Schuylkill Library Falls3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19129
    • Hours:
      • Monday and Wednesday, noon – 8 p.m.
      • Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Closed: Saturday and Sunday
  • SBA Disaster Recovery Center, York County
    • York County Economic Alliance144 Roosevelt Ave, York, PA 17401
    • Hours:
      • Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      • Closed: Saturday and Sunday
  • SBA Disaster Recovery Center, County of Chester
    • Chester County Economic Development Board, Eagleview Enterprise Center
    • 737 Constitution Dr., Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
    • Hours:
      • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Closed: Saturday and Sunday

SBA Business Recovery Centers are for all businesses and residents who have suffered damages to meet with SBA representatives one-on-one, get questions answered, and help submitting loan applications.

Additional information about the disaster loan program can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 (ATS/TDD) or by emailing Disastercustomerservice@sba.gov (link sends e-mail). Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Applicants can apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) through the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination based on race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English, economic status or retaliation. If you think your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of funding for the long-term reconstruction of private properties damaged by the disaster. The SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, landlords and tenants fund repairs or reconstruction efforts and can cover the cost of replacing real estate and personal property lost or damaged by an accident. disaster. These disaster loans cover losses that are not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate the benefits of other agencies or organizations.

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