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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Indiana Residents Affected By Severe Storms and Tornadoes in Porter County


WASHINGTON, DC – September 8, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Indiana residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and tornadoes in Porter County on August 19, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today.

Administrator Mills made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Mitchell E. Daniel, Jr. on August 27, 2009, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.  The declaration covers Porter County and the adjacent counties of Jasper, La Porte, Lake and Starke in Indiana.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Indiana with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes with federal disaster loans,” said Administrator Mills. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.   Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Frank Skaggs, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center in Atlanta.  SBA’s customer service representatives will be on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals complete their applications.

The Center will be located in the following community and will open as indicated:

Porter County
Chesterton Town Hall
726 Broadway
Chesterton, Indiana  46304

Open:        Thursday, September 10 – Thursday, September 17, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, September 12, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, (closed Sunday, Sept 13)
Closing:  Thursday, September 17 at close of business

Gail Gesell, SBA’s Indiana District Director, added, “Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.”

The SBA also provides mitigation funds to disaster victims based on 20 percent of the verified physical damage.  These funds are designed to help borrowers pay for protective measures to minimize damages of the same kind in the future.

For small businesses and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the 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 physical property damage.

Interest rates are as low as 2.75 percent for homeowners and renters, and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the Center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT or sending an email to disastercustomerservice (at) sba (dot) gov.  Business loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA Web site at Completed applications should be returned to the Center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

Victims may apply for disaster loans from SBA’s secure Web site at

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is November 3, 2009.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 4, 2010.


For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Programs, visit our Web site at

Contact: Mark Ihenacho
Phone: (404) 331-0333


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.


US Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416

1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722)

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