Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 27, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvaniacenter_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Fayette County after significant wind, flood and in some cases, mudslide damage to homes and businesses from severe storms and a tornado in February.“These storms damaged property and disrupted lives,” said Governor Wolf. “Low-interest loans will go a long way in helping those affected by the storms.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the Feb. 15-17 storms in Fayette County, as well as neighboring counties Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:Fayette CountyUniontown City Fire Department84 N. Breeson Blvd.Uniontown, PA  15401Opening: Thursday, March 29, 11 a.m.Days/Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed SundayClosing: Thursday, April 5, 3:30 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is May 29, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 27, 2018.last_img read more

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NegOcc festivalgoers told to be ‘respectful’

first_img“Let this be a warning to othervisitors to respect the community where you are celebrating fiestas,” saidLacson, who was the guest of honor during the northern Negros city’s festivalhighlights on Jan. 25. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio JoseLacson of Negros Occidental reminded festivalgoers in the province to berespectful when attending religious-based cultural festivities. Meanwhile, Mayor Salvador EscalanteJr. said Cadiz City observes tolerance and diversity, but this should not gobeyond the bounds of good taste, decency and accepted norms of publicconduct.  On Monday, the two individualsinvolved in the “scandalous acts” met with Escalante in the presence of citypolice chief Lieutenant Colonel Robert Mansueto. He added visitors must show respect tothe festival’s patron saint. “I call on the City Council to revisitour ordinance covering such indecent acts and further study what can be done tosafeguard the interest of Dinagsa Festival as both a cultural and religiousevent,” Escalante said.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN)center_img Lacson issued the call on Tuesdayafter some revelers flashed obscene messages and performed “lewd acts” in thejust-concluded Dinagsa Festival of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental – photos ofwhich were posted on social media. Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental (right) and city police chief Lieutenant Colonel Robert Mansueto (2nd from right) face the two individuals involved in the “scandalous acts” during the just-concluded Dinagsa Festival, at the mayor’s office on Jan. 27. CADIZ CITY POLICE STATION They submitted their letter of publicapology to the mayor and paid a fine for violation of a city ordinance.  “We would like to remind the publicthat display of obscene messages on placards, lewd acts, and the likes arecertainly unacceptable and have corresponding punitive measures,” Escalanteadded. last_img read more

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National Guard aid fund under fire

first_img A 2004 Department of Defense survey of married National Guard members and reservists showed that 55 percent of those interviewed experienced significant loss of income going from their civilian career to military service. For 15 percent of those surveyed, the loss was more than $30,000 a year. One of the three families to receive a grant from the California fund was Steve and Theresa Edwards of San Jose. As a member of the California National Guard, Sgt. Steve Edwards served in Balad, Iraq, north of Baghdad, from February 2004 to March 2005. When he returned, he suffered what has been diagnosed as an acute case of posttraumatic stress syndrome that has left him paranoid and unable to work. On his worst days, Edwards would wrap himself in a blanket and just sit on the couch. Struggling to deal with a dysfunctional husband and a 10-year-old daughter, Theresa Edwards called her husband’s battalion last summer about the relief fund. “It was really significant because we did not have the money to pay rent that month,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A California military relief fund set up to help the families of activated National Guard members gave financial assistance to only three families last year, prompting sharp criticism from lawmakers and calls to reform the program. The California Military Family Relief Fund paid out $7,687 to three families in 2005, a tiny fraction of among 7,000 soldiers activated for duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other postings. “To find that a year later that we have served only a few people is very disappointing. It’s shameful,” said Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, the fund’s initial sponsor. Bustamante blamed the National Guard for not developing awareness of the program, which grants up to $2,000 emergency relief to needy military families. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Col. Lawrence Cooper, the National Guard’s director of human resources, said the program was too restrictive. It requires proof of a 30 percent loss of income between the soldier’s civilian and military incomes. Cooper said the Legislature should reduce or eliminate the conditions so that relief can be issued solely on need, not mathematical formulas. “As of yesterday,” Cooper said Friday, “we had 18 applications and were able to grant only three.” One of the families was so needy that the Guard decided to exceed the $2,000 limit, he said. “We need to take a look at this and see what can be refined to meet the intent of this legislation,” said Sen. Mike Machado, D-Stockton, author of the bill creating the fund. “Fundamentally, we need to make sure that the men and women who are of service to this country receive the benefits.” Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, D-Bakersfield, called the fund’s record “inexcusable” and vowed to help correct it through legislation. last_img read more

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