WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Residents and businesses in Alabama affected by severe storms and flooding on Dec. 25-26, 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. Robert Bentley on Jan. 4, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers the Mobile and Pike counties and the adjacent counties of Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale, Montgomery and Washington in Alabama; George, Greene and Jackson in Mississippi.
"The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Alabama 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 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 Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. "SBA's customer service representatives are on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to issue applications and assist survivors with completing their applications," Skaggs added. The Centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated: