FEMA & SBA assistance deadlines extended to November 29

Published 8:16 am Thursday, October 28, 2021

LAPLACE — FEMA and SBA’s deadlines have been extended to Monday, Nov. 29, allowing additional time for residents to apply for assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

U.S. Small Business Administration public information officer Yolanda O. Stokes reported that, as of October 27, SBA has approved 887 disaster loans for a total of $66 million for individuals and businesses in St. John the Baptist Parish.

A total of 2,195 home loan applications, 308 business loan applications and 31 EIDL applications have been received to date in St. John Parish.

Throughout the entire State of Louisiana, SBA has approved 15,945 disaster loans for a total of $797,968,500.

“We look forward to helping more residents and business owners with their recovery,” Stokes said.

SBA is operating a Business Recovery Center in LaPlace at the River Region Chamber of Commerce, 390 Belle Terre Blvd. in LaPlace, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. This center assists business owners, homeowners, renters and nonprofit organizations. SBA loans can be used in conjunction with funds from FEMA or insurance. In many cases, these low interest may allow residents to begin repairs sooner while waiting for insurance to settle.
Individuals who are unable to visit the business recovery center may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/, call SBA’s customer service center at 800-877-8339 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for information or to apply.
The FEMA deadline extension to November 29 was approved at Governor John Bel Edwards’ request for the following 25 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

FEMA assistance can be used to cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The fastest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Individuals can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply and meet with FEMA specialists in person. St. John Parish has two Disaster Recovery Centers operating from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. These are located at the Frazee-Harris Memorial Library parking lot (111 Historic Front Street, Garyville) and at the Roland Borne, Sr. Memorial Library parking lot (2979 LA-18, Edgard).