Over $5 million in low-interest disaster loans is being made available to Florida businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Irma by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The SBA’s approval for the loan program allows residents in the disaster-declaration area to be eligible for physical and economic injury disaster loans from the SBA, according to a press release.
“Currently, 108 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $5,569,900 for affected survivors,” Frank Skaggs, SBA’s director for the Field Operations Center East in Atlanta, said in a statement. “The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to take action right away. Our mission is to help businesses and residents rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible.”
Florida counties in the disaster declaration include Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia.
In addition, residents of Hamilton, Madison and Taylor counties are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans from the SBA.
For more information or to apply for SBA assistance, visit disasterassistance.gov, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile app or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.