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Osceola County added to ‘Food for Florida’ Program

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Office hours for Sen. Nelson, SBA Loan Program, Plus Other News 

Osceola County, Florida – Osceola County residents can pre-register for ‘Food for Florida,’ a disaster assistance program, the Department of Children and Families announced Thursday.

This program is not for current food assistance customers. Current Osceola County food assistance customers will get additional September/October benefits added to their EBT card within 5 days of the opening the Food for Florida site.

Online pre-registration is available at https://foodforflorida-bc.dcf.state.fl.us/foodforflorida/frmWelcome.do?performAction=init

Officials from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s office will be at Extension Services Friday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to noon to help residents during “Office Hours.” Along with answering any general questions involving the federal government, members of Senator’s Nelson’s staff will be on hand to provide assistance filling out the initial FEMA Disaster Assistance online form.

The SBA Disaster Loan Program is available to the Businesses, Homeowners, Renters and Non-Profits of all sizes that were affected by recent flooding from Hurricane Irma. It is important for Homeowners and Renters to understand that should they be denied for an SBA Disaster Loan, they will then be referred to FEMA for possible additional grant consideration.

For more information about SBA loans, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit http://www.disasterloan.sba.gov or if available visit a Disaster Recovery Center near them. 

Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. 

Disaster loans can be as much as $200,000 for homeowners for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are also eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA, and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

On Tuesday (September 26), Osceola County Commissioners extended a Declaration of Local Emergency during an emergency for an additional for seven days.

The County is revising the schedule for its Debris Hotline (855-866-5650). The hotline will be staffed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In addition to neighborhood collection, there are four debris drop-off sites for citizens at:

·         Archie Gordon Park, 421 Buenaventura Boulevard, Kissimmee FL

·         4280 High Plains Lane, Kissimmee FL

·         Southport Landfill, 4400 Hunt Road, Kissimmee FL

·         2350 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud FL

While the drop-off sites are free to citizens, identification is required. The sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day of the week and are available for residential use only. Please note that some sites may have to be closed after heavy rain

Vegetative debris includes trees, branches, logs, etc. Construction debris includes fencing, shingles, siding, lumber, etc. Please be sure to keep vegetative debris and construction debris separated.