Need Financial Help due to IDA? SBA Offers NJ Residents Low-Interest Loans

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The US Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and non-profits to repair or replace property damaged by Hurricane Ida. The interest rate for homeowners and renters is as low as 1.563% with terms up to 30 years.

Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 to make repairs to their primary residences and renters and homeowners can borrow up to $40,000 to replace damaged contents of their homes, including furniture, appliances, and cars.

The flooding and deadly storm IDA  wreaked havoc here in the Garden State. There are new FED loans, offering very low interest plus long-term payment plans.

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and non-profits to repair or replace property damaged by Hurricane Ida. The interest rate for homeowners and renters is as low as 1.563% with terms up to 30 years.

Businesses of all sizes can borrow up to $2 million to repair and/or replace damaged buildings, inventory, supplies, and other business assets. Small businesses can also apply for economic injury disaster loans to help pay the bills they would have been able to pay had the disaster not happen.

Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 to make repairs to their primary residences and renters and homeowners can borrow up to $40,000 to replace damaged contents of their homes, including furniture, appliances, and cars.

The deadline to apply for a property damage disaster loan is November 4, 2021.  The deadline to apply for an economic injury disaster loan is June 6, 2022. Individuals and businesses can find more information and apply online at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov   Individuals and businesses may call (800) 659-2955 with questions regarding applications.

Residents and businesses may also get one-on-one assistance completing their applications at a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) or an SBA Business Recovery Center (BRC).   

Here is the full SBA release.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available
to businesses and residents in New Jersey following the announcement of a Presidential disaster
declaration due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 1-3, 2021.
“The SBA is strongly committed to providing New Jersey residents with the most effective response possible to assist businesses, homeowners, and renters with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority,” said SBA AdministratorIsabella Casillas Guzman.

The disaster declaration covers Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties in New Jersey, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Monmouth, Salem, and Sussex in New Jersey; New Castle in Delaware; Bronx, New York, Orange, Rockland and Westchester in New
York; and Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.  


Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. 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 sump pump, elevation, French drain, or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.
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.


Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property. Interest rates are as low as 2.855 percent for businesses, 2 percent for nonprofit organizations and
1.563 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts 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
https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/, and should apply under SBA declaration # 17xxx, notfor the COVID-19 incident.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at
DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

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 emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be 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 Nov. 4, 2021. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 6, 2022.

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