Flood Aid Deadline Extended to End of January
Posted at: 12/21/2012 6:19 AM
| Updated at: 12/21/2012 6:37 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
State, federal, and local officials met Friday to talk progress following the June flash floods and to let homeowners know there is still time to apply for a loan to help with flood repairs.
Minnesota Housing announced they will extend the deadline for their Quick Start Loan Program until January 31st. The original deadline was in December, they then extended the closing date to January 4th, and then need forced the date back even further.
Minnesota Housing Commissioner, Mary Tingerthal, said there are hundreds of homes still in need of repairs from the floods.
"We know that there are homeowners out there that did sustain damage to their homes that have not yet come forward to apply for funds," said Tingerthal.
The Quick Start loan is a forgivable loan of up to $40,000. Homeowners that have been denied insurance and a Small Business Administration loan are eligible.
"We have a greatly changing climate in Minnesota. There really are things like cracks in damaged basement that didn't show up until the ground froze," Tingerthal said.
Officials said help is as easy as a phone call. Depending where you live, there are three organizations to call in order to contact your area's administrator.
Arrowhead Economic Development - AEOA:
- 800-662-5711, Ext. 288 or 218-749-2912, Ext. 288
- Counties/tribal lands served: Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Cass, the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Lakes and Pines Community Action Council:
- 800-832-6082 or 320-679-1800, Ext. 119
- Counties/tribal lands served: Aitkin, Carlton, Crow Wing, Pine, the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
One Roof Community Housing:
- 218-727-5372, Ext. 200
- Area served: City of Duluth