Emergency loan assistance available for Newton County hurricane victims

Newton County businesses and people affected by severe storms, tornadoes and tornadoes on January 12th can now apply for low-cost disaster loans from the US Small Business Administration (SBA). .

The SBA also opened a Business Recovery Center today, January 19, at the Spalding Senior Center in Griffin to assist Georgians applying for SBA disaster relief assistance, according to the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency. .

The Spalding Senior Center is located at 885 Memorial Drive in Griffin. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m

The loans received in response to the letter of Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday, January 16, to request an emergency notification by the SBA. Businesses and residents in designated areas can now apply for low-interest emergency loans from the SBA.

The disaster coverage includes Newton, Butts, Henry, Jasper, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup counties in Georgia that qualify for SBA Personal Injury and Personal Injury Loans.

Small businesses and mostly unincorporated businesses in the following counties are eligible to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) only: Clayton, Coweta , DeKalb, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, Putnam , Rockdale, Talbot, Upson and Walton in Georgia; and Chambers and Randolph in Alabama.

Applicants can apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) through the SBA website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ and must be used under SBA declaration #17761.

To be considered for all types of emergency assistance, applicants must register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If not available online or by phone, applicants should call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those using 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

On a related note, those who need help with fallen trees, drywall, flooring and appliances, roofing or other problems can be four use the Georgia Tornadoes Home Cleanup Hotline at 470-201-5701.

All services are free but service is not guaranteed due to high demand. This phone line will remain open until Feb. 3, 2023.

Although this is an official phone line, Newton County said in a news release about the need to inform the public that other phone numbers can be fraudulent.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is south of Newton conducting a damage assessment. However, they will never ask for your date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license information, or other personal information.

The advice of the district is that if someone representing FEMA comes to your house, do not answer their questions but get some vehicle information (tag number, etc.) and report immediately. to 911.

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