SBA Disaster Assistance Available for Wilkinson and Adjacent Counties

PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance in Wilkinson County was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by torrential rains and flooding that occurred on August 12-14, 2016 are eligible to apply for low interest loans for recovery.

The declaration covers Wilkinson County as the primary and the adjacent counties of Adams, Amite and Franklin.

The SBA will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Wilkinson County at the Crosby Baptist Church, 101 Church St. in Crosby. Staff from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the SBA will be available to assist survivors with completing their applications.

The center will open Wednesday, Oct 12 at 10 a.m. 

Continuing Operation Hours:

                              Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

                              Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center will close Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.                              

 Applicants can apply at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center, online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, by calling 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard-of-hearing) or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.

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. Loans to businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations will be available to repair damage to real estate, machinery, equipment and inventory.

MEMA continues to work with officials in Wilkinson County to assist residents affected by the storms, to identify unmet needs and work to get them the assistance they need. For more information or questions, contact MEMA External Affairs or visit www.msema.org. For details about SBA visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

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