Wolf Administration Announces Aid for Survivors of Devastating Pittsburgh Fire

June 08, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare Allegheny County a disaster area after last month’s devastating fire in Midtown Towers, an 18-story apartment building in downtown Pittsburgh.

“We are grateful that the SBA recognized the need for these loans in order to provide as much assistance as possible to the survivors of this fire,” said Governor Wolf. “My hope is that this financial assistance will relieve some of the burden in getting these residents back on their feet.”

Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the fire in Allegheny County, as well as neighboring counties Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.

After the fire, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, along with local and SBA officials, conducted damage assessments and interviews with those impacted by the fire. The governor used the damage assessment results to support his assistance request to the SBA.

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.

The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) that will be open at the following location and times:

Extended Stay America
3851 Northern Pike
Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146

Opening: Friday, June 9, 2017
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Weekdays: Friday –Tuesday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Closed: Sunday, June 11, 2017

Closing: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.

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 hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the DLOC or 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 Aug. 7, 2017.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 7, 2018.

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