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Gov. Wolf: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19 – PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“We are incredibly grateful that the SBA recognized the urgency of this situation and granted our request so quickly,” said Gov. Wolf. “I encourage our businesses and non-profits to look at the SBA resources available to them and take advantage of this opportunity for financial assistance during this time of uncertainty.

“Thank you also to members of our congressional delegation, including Representatives Glenn Thompson, Chrissy Houlahan, and John Joyce for their assistance in expediting our request.”

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

Businesses 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 [email protected].

Loan applications can also be downloaded at the SBA disaster assistance website. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at SBA disaster loan asistance. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 21, 2020.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ruth Miller, PEMA [email protected]

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Governor Wolf to United States Census Bureau Officials: Extend 2020 Census Deadline – PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Harrisburg, PA –  As efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus continue in Pennsylvania and across the country, Governor Tom Wolf today urged the U.S. Census Bureau to consider extending the deadline for the 2020 Census submission beyond July 31 to ensure that Pennsylvanians — and people in every state across the country — can be counted properly.

“Over the past few months, my administration has reiterated to Pennsylvanians the importance of being counted in this 2020 Census. In January, we launched a statewide awareness campaign and began assisting efforts in local communities to ensure that everyone is counted,” said Gov. Wolf. “Considering Pennsylvania’s current efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, closing the Census deadline submission on July 31 as currently planned could likely hinder those efforts.”

As recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), practicing effective hygiene measures, staying home if sick, avoiding large gatherings if possible, and practicing social distancing will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep Pennsylvanians healthy.

These proactive measures will likely have a detrimental effect on getting a complete count for the Census. The health practice of social distancing unfortunately runs counterproductively to the Census Bureau’s strategy of door-to-door enumeration for non-responders, as well as any public awareness campaigns about the importance of filling out the Census.

Read the governor’s letter to the Census Bureau.

The U.S. Constitution requires a Census count once every 10 years and counts every person living in the United States once and only once. The results of the 2020 Census will help provide fair representation when determining congressional districts, policy, decision-making, and distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding that impacts the daily lives of Pennsylvanians over the next 10 years.

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