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Federal Disaster Loans Available To Indiana Storm Victims

Damage to a building in Ellettsville after storms in June 2019.

Damage to a building in Ellettsville, Ind., after a tornado in June 2019. (Seth Tackett/WTIU News)

Federal officials are providing low interest disaster loans to help home and small business owners after the recent severe weather outbreaks. Loans are available to residents of Monroe County as well as Brown, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Morgan and Owen counties.

U.S. Small Business Administration specialist Greg Dawson says a homeowner can borrow up to $200,000 with an interest rate as low as 1.9 percent up to 30 years.

“A renter can borrow up to $40,000 for contents, same interest rate again up to 30 years,” he says. “Businesses can borrow up to $2 million with an interest rate as low as 4 percent terms 30 years.”

Dawson says loan eligibility isn’t focused on credit score as much as an individual’s ability to pay the loan back. He also says residents that are denied loans from SBA are able to apply for up to $10,000 in grant assistance from the state through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We will be there until next Thursday I encourage people to stop in,” Dawson says. “It is the best 30 minutes an individual can spend in the after math of a disaster.”

That’s what Ellettsville resident and Red Hill Stables owner Vicki Figg did when she lost a large majority of her arena and home to the storm.

“I went to the SBA yesterday and they told me what I would need and what options there are, so I’m getting things together to take back over to them to see if they can give me a small business loan,” she says.

Dawson says to bring the same items as if buying a major appliance or car. He also suggests bringing tax records that go back three years if possible.

The Monroe County Assistance Center is located at North Monroe Fire Station #5 in Ellettsville. The center closes July 18 at 4:00 p.m.

 

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