Jan. 12, 2021

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill) announced that Pennsylvania businesses and residents affected by Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4, 2020, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“It is important that the residents of Schuylkill County know assistance is available to them,” explained Twardzik. “The Small Business Administration has set up Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Centers seven days a week to help people who have suffered from the Tropical Storm that we endured in August.”

The SBA has opened Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to help people apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan@sba.gov. Virtual customer support representatives are available to help applicants complete the online application Monday through Sunday, (seven days/week), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They can be reached by email at
FOCE-Help@sba.gov  or phone at 800-659-2955 for assistance in completing their loan applications. Requests for SBA disaster loan program information may be made by emailing FOCE-Help@sba.gov. The SBA will conduct extensive outreach to ensure that those affected by the disaster have an opportunity to apply for assistance.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20% of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Feb. 16. The deadline to return economic injury applications Sept. 20.

Representative Tim Twardzik
123rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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