Businesses and private non-profit organizations affected by the blue-green algae on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi from June 22nd through October 5th of last year can apply on site for SBA loans until Wednesday, February 5th at 4 p.m.
SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza made the loans available in response to a letter from former Governor Phil Bryant on January 7th of this year, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.
The declaration covers Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties and the adjacent counties of George, Pearl River and Stone in Mississippi; Mobile in Alabama; and St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana.
SBA’s customer service representatives will be available at the disaster loan outreach center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.
Centers in our three coastal counties are open weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. The last day to apply in person is Wednesday, February 5th, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Here are the locations:
Hancock County: 18355 Highway 603 in the Kiln.
Harrison County: 842 Commerce Street in Gulfport.
Jackson County: 2915 Canty Street in Pascagoula.
If you don’t make it to one of these locations, you can still apply on line through October 16th.
For loans of $25,000 or less there is NO collateral required. Of course you can apply for loans larger than that if you wish.