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GANESVILLE, Florida (WCJB) – People and businesses in North and Central Florida are now eligible for US government assistance to rebuild the damage caused by Tropical Storm Elsa.
The US Small Business Administration offers disaster loans to a number of hurricane-affected areas. Suitable counties in North Central Florida include Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam, and Union counties.
Any businesses or homeowners in the affected counties are eligible to apply for a loan and there is no penalty for doing so. The SBA also says that these loans cover some uninsured areas.
“You can apply for free. It doesn’t cost anything, so don’t exclude yourself from the process. Let the SBA loan officer determine if you are eligible for assistance or not, ”said Cecilia Filke Jacobson, a public relations officer with the SBA.
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“Let’s say you are eligible for a loan of up to $ 50,000, you do not have to accept the entire loan amount. You might say, “Okay, I really don’t want to take out such a big loan, I just want to take out a $ 10,000 loan.” This is also normal and there are no penalties. You can also decline the loan offer and declare that you are not interested. “
The deadline for applying for a personal injury loan is September 20, and the deadline for receiving economic damage is April 22, 2022.
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