Clock is ticking to apply for flood aidPeople seeking aid for flood damage in the Northland should get to one of several one-stop shops now open to provide information on loans and other kinds of aid.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
People seeking aid for flood damage in the Northland should get to one of several one-stop shops now open to provide information on loans and other kinds of aid.
Officials dealing with financial help for victims of the June flood are hosting the shops this month after the Small Business Administration last Friday declared counties in the region as disaster areas after water devastated homes along with public infrastructure.
Here is the schedule:
The following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
St. Louis County
Now through Wednesday (closed Sunday), Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
The Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will coordinate the Disaster Loan Centers along with the SBA.
“These centers will provide residents and business owners with the information they need to apply for an SBA loan and understand why that application is a key part of the disaster recovery process,” said Kris Eide, HSEM director. If an applicant is turned down for an SBA loan they then become eligible to apply for state assistance programs and private donation money.
Residents who cannot visit a Disaster Loan Recover Center may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA website sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants also may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application, or ELA, via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.