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U.S. Small Business Administration to Close Disaster Loan Centers in Alabama After Thursday

If you are an Alabama homeowner affected by the storms and floods that hit the state in April and May and want help in person from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), you better hurry.

The SBA office in Atlanta announced today that it will close its five remaining Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in the state at the end of business on Thursday.

Homeowners will still have until July 1 to submit applications regarding property damage to the SBA via mail or online.

The SBA cites a “steady decrease in activity” at the loan centers, located in Jefferson, Limestone, Mobile and Baldwin counties, as the reason for the closure.

The agency urges those affected by the tornadoes, high winds and flooding that occurred from April 28 through May 5 to visit a center to obtain one-on-one help and information about the disaster assistance program.

The loan centers are open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The locations are as follows:

Jefferson County

Graysville Public Library, 315 South Main Street, Graysville

Limestone County

Ripley W.O.W Hall, 11281 Ripley Road, Athens

Baldwin County

Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope

Elberta Town Hall, 13052 Main Street, Elberta

Mobile County

Old Navy/Marine Corps Reserve, 4851 Museum Drive, Mobile

Applicants may apply online at

They can get application forms and loan information by contacting 800-659-2955 or

Loan applications can also be downloaded at

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 1. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 2, 2015.

June 23, 2014

Jesse Chambers | By Jesse Chambers |

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