CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2022) – Qualified residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Ian are encouraged to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan. The SBA offers long-term, low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. There is no cost to apply for an SBA disaster loan.
SBA disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other resources. Survivors should not wait for an insurance settlement before submitting an SBA loan application. They may discover they were under insured for the deductible, labor and materials required to repair or replace their home.
You may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via the SBA’s secure website at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov or by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center currently located at the Home Depot, 12621 South McCall Rd., Englewood. The DRC is open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Request a paper application by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeowners may be eligible for a disaster loan up to $200,000 for primary residence structural repairs or rebuilding. SBA may also be able to help homeowners and renters with up to $40,000 to replace important personal property, including automobiles damaged or destroyed in the disaster.
For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center at 941-743-1320 or 941-833-4000.
Follow Charlotte County Emergency Management’s important emergency information at www.charlottecountyfl.gov/em, www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty, and www.twitter.com/ccoem.