SBA Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

November 26, 2019 04:09 PM
 ATLANTA The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today, the opening of Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) in Illinois to assist businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding from Feb. 24 through July 3, 2019, apply for low-interest disaster loans.

The declaration covers Alexander, Jersey, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties; and the contiguous counties of Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Henry, Jo Davies, Macoupin, Madison, Mercer, Ogle, Pulaski, Union, Whiteside, Winnebago and Knox in Illinois.

The Center for our area is located in Rock Island County, American Red Cross 1100 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265.

Opens:       Thursday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Hours:         Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

                   Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closed:       Thursday Nov. 28 - Sunday, Dec. 1 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday

Closed:       Sundays

Last Day: Thursday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets," said SBA’s Illinois District Director Robert S. Steiner.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

"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," said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be returned to a center or mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is January 13, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is August 14, 2020.




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