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US SBA offers low-interest federal disaster loans for those impacted by December storm

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Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Hawaiʻi businesses and residents affected by severe storms, flooding and landslides that occurred Dec. 5-10, 2021. The announcement was made by Isabella Casillas Guzman with the US Small Business Administration.

December 2021 Kona Low storm. Hawaiian Electric crews on Maui made repairs in various neighborhoods throughout the island to multiple storm-damaged and downed poles and numerous spans of downed lines that provide power to individual homes. PC: Hawaiian Electric.

SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. David Ige on Jan. 26, 2022. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the City and County of Honolulu, Maui and the contiguous county of Kalawao.

“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Hawaii’s small businesses and residents impacted by the severe storms, flooding and landslides,” said Administrator Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”

“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 Director Tanya N. Garfield of the US Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

In consideration of the public health concerns due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on Monday, Jan. 31, SBA will establish a Virtual Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to business owners. In addition, SBA will also open a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters.

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Customer Service Representatives will be available to business owners and individuals to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete their electronic loan application.

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The Virtual Business Recovery Center and Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The FOCW can be contacted via email at [email protected] or phone at 800-659-2955.

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.

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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 to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury 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 2.83% for businesses, 1.875% for private nonprofit organizations and 1.438% 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, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Completed applications should be mailed to US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The deadline to apply for property damage is March 29, 2022. The deadline to apply for economic injury is Oct. 28, 2022.

A Small Business Development Center on Maui is located at the Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Suite 264, Kīhei, Hawaiʻi 96753. The center’s phone number is 808-875-5990.

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