Disaster loan awareness center set to open to affected Nicholas County residents and businesses

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CARLISLE, Ky. (WKYT) – Starting Monday, residents and business owners of Nicholas County can apply for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help rebuild homes and reopening businesses after the historic July floods.

Gov. Andy Beshear called it the second round of good news this week for the county as the long road to recovery continues.

During his last Team Kentucky press conference, Governor Beshear said he hoped to provide more aid to Nicholas County after granting $ 1 million to support the county’s infrastructure.

“We wanted to look at all of the options we had to help,” Governor Beshear said. “More recently, I asked the Federal Small Business Administration to issue a disaster declaration for Nicholas County.

It only took a day for his hopes to be realized at the federal level.

At 11 a.m. on Monday morning, a Disaster Loan Assistance Center will open at the Nicholas County Public Library on North Broadway Street in Carlisle.

The center will not only help business owners, but also affected residents to apply for low-interest loans. Nicholas County Executive Judge Steve Hamilton said it could be of great benefit to some in his community.

“I think it could have a major impact for a percentage of the population, I’m not going to say for all,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton noted that government employees at all levels are continually looking for new ways to bring relief to the people of the county.

“For me it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Hamilton said. “It slowly falls into place and becomes more positive. I know it’s not perfect. Hopefully there are things downstream that will help everyone as a whole. “

But for now, he encourages those who have been affected to educate themselves and consider applying.

“A few months ago, state emergency management officials said they were encouraging everyone to apply,” Hamilton said. “You don’t have to accept it, but they encouraged people to apply because once they heard it and saw how it worked, it might be beneficial.”

The center will remain open until its final closure on Friday, November 19 at 3 p.m. The center will also be closed Thursday November 11 for Veterans Day and Sunday November 14.

All contiguous counties and residents of Bath, Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Montgomery and Robertson counties are also included, which is a mandatory part of any federal declaration.

You can also apply on the SBA’s website or call their customer service number at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing) for more information on the application.

The deadline for returning property damage claims is January 3, 2022. The deadline for returning economic damage claims is August 3, 2022.

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