Disaster Loan Outreach Centers Closing at 7 p.m. Today

Henrico County residents and businesses working to recover from Hurricane Irene have until 7 p.m. to obtain in-person assistance with disaster loan applications at two area Disaster Loan Outreach centers operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). After the centers close, the SBA will continue to provide assistance online and by telephone.

The SBA is closing at 7 p.m. its walk-in Disaster Loan Outreach centers at the New Kent Visitor Center, 7324 Vineyards Parkway in New Kent; and at Petersburg Station, 100 W. Washington St. in Petersburg.

Homeowners can obtain low-interest loans up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters can apply for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and nonprofit organizations of any size are eligible for loans up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets

Residents and businesses also can ask questions and receive assistance with loan applications by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955, sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or by visiting the SBA website at www.sba.gov. The deadline to file an application for property damage is Nov. 21; the deadline to file an application for economic injury is June 21, 2012.

Contact the SBA for additional information.