AUGUSTA – Low-interest disaster loans will be made available to property owners, residents and businesses affected by the Lewiston apartment fires, according to a press release from the governor’s office. Gov. Paul R. LePage had requested that the Small Business Administration (SBA) make emergency low-interest loans available to those fire victims.
“We are pleased that the SBA can offer support to those whose lives were disrupted by these fires,” Gov. LePage said in a press release. “The people and businesses of Maine have given generously to assist those left homeless by the fires. Now these low-interest loans from the SBA are also available to help them get back on their feet.”
The governor added that SBA assistance is available not just to those with property damage, but possibly for businesses that have lost revenue as a result of the fires.
The SBA can provide loans of up to $200,000 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. In addition, businesses could receive loans to help repair or replace damaged property and for loss of business.
The following application information has been provided by the SBA:
A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open at Lewiston City Hall next week. SBA customer service representatives will be available to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help with loan applications. The Disaster Loan Outreach Center at Lewiston City Hall, 27 Pine St., will open at 8 a.m. June 4. It will offer hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, June 4-6.
Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may 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 emailingdisastercustomerservice@sba.