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SBA to close Wichita disaster loan outreach center

Those who had homes or businesses damaged by the April 14 storms that tore through Wichita have until Thursday to visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Wichita.

Wayne Bell, federal Small Business Administration Wichita district director, said today that the SBA will close the center Thursday afternoon.

“SBA opened the center to provide personalized assistance to Kansas residents and business owners who were affected by the tornadoes, hail and severe weather April 14 through April 15, 2012," Bell said in a statement released today.

"Until the center closes, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet with residents and business owners to answer all of their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, issue applications, help them complete their applications and close their approved disaster loans," he said

Appointments aren't necessary. The center is at Carlton School, 4900 South Clifton Ave., and is open  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Applicants may apply online using at  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is June 22, 2012.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is January 23, 2013. 

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