Feds open Riverhead office to help with disaster relief loans

Any Riverhead resident whose home or property was damaged in last month’s major storms won’t have far to go for help applying for low-interest disaster relief loans.
Starting April 26, the U.S. Small Business Association will operate a temporary location at 540 Roanoke Avenue, inside the Riverhead Fire Department headquarters.
Homeowners and renters can apply for loans of up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged property, as well as loans of up to $40,000 to replace personal goods, including cars. Business owners may be eligible for up to $2 million in loans.
Representatives will be on hand from April 27 through May 6 to answer questions and guide residents through the loan process.
The office will be open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be closed Sunday, May 2.
An additional temporary office will be set up in Farmingville.
The federal government agreed to make loans available to storm victims in Nassau and Suffolk counties after Governor David Paterson requested disaster aid for the region on April 15.