Time grows short to apply for Hurricane Harvey FEMA/SBA disaster assistance

Applications due by Oct. 24

By Cathy Tatom - Investigative Producer
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If you have damage or losses from Hurricane Harvey, you have just a few days left to register for FEMA disaster assistance. 

The application deadline is Oct. 24. 

FEMA's Pam Saulsby told KSAT her agency provides up to $33,300 in assistance to qualified applicants. Those needing more help may be eligible for a Small Business Administration loan, even if they have insurance, according to the SBA's John Oliver Frederick. 

"Our program is open to home-owners, renters, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes," Frederick said.

Qualifying businesses can take out SBA loans of up to $2 million to help with recovery. 

Homeowners may be eligible for up to $200,000. Loans to replace certain types of personal property for homeowners and renters is capped at $40,000. All SBA loans must be repaid.  

More than 800,000 Texans have already applied for FEMA assistance. Saulsby said that number is growing by about 2,000 applicants each day. 

People wanting to apply for a low-interest Small Business Administration loan must first apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance. 

FEMA has several ways to register for disaster assistance. You can call 800-621-3362, visit the disasterassistance.gov or download the FEMA app on your smartphone.

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