In response to a May 17 request from Gov. Jay Nixon, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making low-interest disaster loans available to residents and business owners in Jefferson County. The declaration also makes assistance available in the contiguous counties of Franklin, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis and Washington that were affected by the severe storms that occurred in Missouri from April 16-26.
"These low-interest loans through the SBA can help rebuilding and repair efforts for the many Missouri families and businesses in this area that were affected by the April storms that brought tornadoes, high winds and flooding," Gov. Nixon said. "My administration will continue to work with affected communities to ensure they have the resources they need to recover and rebuild."
SBA disaster loans are issued to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed.
SBA representatives will be on hand at a Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue loan applications, answer questions and explain the application process beginning tomorrow, May 22 at 9 a.m. at the following location:
De Soto Public Library
712 South Main Street
De Soto, MO 63020
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., beginning Wednesday, May 22 through Thursday, June 6
(The center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27)
Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting SBA's website at http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is July 22, 2013.