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    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Winter Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds and Flooding

    Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred on Dec. 26, 2015 – Jan. 21, 2016, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the denial of the state's appeal for a major disaster declaration for individual assistance. 


    The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Henderson, Hill, Hunt, Johnson Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Smith, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood counties.  


    "SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas 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 businesses and residents 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 businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster," said SBA's Dallas District Director Herb Austin. "Beginning Monday, April 4, 2016, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application," Austin continued. Additional center openings will be announced in the coming days.  


    The centers will be open on the days and times indicated until further notice. No appointment is necessary.


    Dallas/Rockwall Counties:

    Church of the City Relief Center

    6005 Dalrock Road

    Rowlett, TX 75088

    Opens: Monday, April 4 @ 900am

    Mondays – April 4 and 11

    Tuesdays – April 5 and 12

    9am – 1pm

    2pm – 6pm

     

    Collin County:

    The Best Center

    154 South Main Street

    Farmersville, TX 75442

    Opens: Monday, April 4 @ 900am

    Monday – Tuesday, April 4 and 5

    Thursday – Friday, April 14 and 15

    8am – 12pm

    1230pm – 43pm

     

    Ellis County:

    Ovilla Fire Department

    105 South Cockrell Hill Road

    Ovilla, TX 75154

    Opens: Monday, April 4 @ 8:00am

    Monday – Tuesday, April 4 and 5

    Thursday – Friday, April 14 and 15

    8am – 12pm

    1230pm – 430pm

     

     VAN ZANDT COUNTY 
    Disaster Loan Outreach Center 
    Van Zandt County Regional Airport
    36671 State Highway 64
    Wills Point, TX  75169

    Opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 7
    Thursday, April 7, 9 am. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 13, 1-6 p.m.
    Thursday, April 14, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, April 15, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


    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 (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered 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 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.813 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.


    Applicants may 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 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information, or to download applications, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.


    The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is May 31, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Dec. 29, 2016