SBA Stands Ready to Assist Louisiana Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Straight Line Winds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Louisiana businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced. The declaration covers Livingston and Orleans Parishes as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds that occurred Feb. 7, 2017. “SBA is strongly committed to providing Louisiana with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help Louisiana businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said SBA’s Louisiana District Director Mike Ricks. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.” 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. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. 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 3.150 percent for businesses, 2.50 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.875 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. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.


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