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SBA offers low interest loans for those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Hawaii residents and business owners affected by Tropical Storm Iselle that occurred August 7 – 9, 2014, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the October 16 denial of the state’s appeal for a major disaster declaration.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Hawaii County.

“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Hawaii with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Hawaii District Director Jane A. Sawyer. “Beginning today, October 22, at 11 am SBA representatives will be on hand at the following SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Sawyer continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

Hawaii County
Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Pahoa Community Center
15-2910 Kauhale Street
Pahoa, HI 96778

Opens Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 11 am
Mondays – Fridays, 8 am to 4 pm
Closes Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4 pm

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.

Businesses of any size 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 homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that 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 (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.go…. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of- hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is December 22, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 22, 2015.

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