Residents of 7 Western Pennsylvania counties damaged by storms eligible for federal disaster loans

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People in seven Western Pennsylvania counties affected by storm damage in late August and early September are eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the federal government.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering loans of up to $200,000 to homeowners and $2 million to businesses and non-profits in Armstrong, Allegheny, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson and Westmoreland counties affected by storms from Aug. 28 through Sept. 3.

The loans are in response to a Sept. 20 request for a disaster declaration from Gov. Tom Corbett.

A SBA customer service center will open for loan inquiries at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Armsdale Administrative Building, 124 Armsdale Rd., in Kittanning. It will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, and close the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 3.

Applicants may apply online. More information is available by phone at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing

Loan applications can be downloaded at and mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76155.

The filing deadline is Nov. 25.

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