SBA disaster loans surpass $1.7M

ALBANY – More than $1.7 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is going to NewYorkers who suffered damages from the record-setting June floods.

Federal and State officials want to remind flood victims that low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are not just for businesses but also are available for homeowners and renters in the disaster-designated counties of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga, and Ulster.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary resource for long-term disaster recovery financing. Through its disaster loan program, the SBA provides affordable, timely, and accessible assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses that experienced damages and losses in the affected areas. In fact, 80 percent of all SBA disaster assistance is currently made to homeowners.

Homeowners and renters can use their SBA disaster loans to repair or replace uninsured or underinsured flood-damaged personal property, while homeowners can receive help with repair or replacement of their primary residence. The loan terms are designed to be affordable, with terms that can go up to 30 years and interest rates as low as 2.9 percent for homeowners and renters and 4.0 percent for businesses.

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