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Tornado victims applying for aid

Posted December 1, 2008 2:15 p.m. EST
Updated December 2, 2008 1:41 p.m. EST

— Residents of the area hit by tornadoes Nov. 15 are applying for government assistance, a spokesman for the U.S. Small Business Administration said Monday.

The SBA opened Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Kenly and in Wilson Nov. 21. So far, 34 loan applications have been processed, Jack Camp, spokesman for the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, said. No loans have been approved yet.

Homeowners and renters in Johnston, Franklin, Harnett, Nash, Sampson, Wake, Wayne and Wilson counties can apply for up to $200,000 to fund repairs to storm-damaged properties. Businesses and non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to replace or repair property or equipment.

Loan information and applications are available:

  • By phone: Call 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • E-mail: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
  • Web: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Completed loan applications should be mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX. 76155.