Applying for Small Business Disaster Relief Funds

Hartford—State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) is letting his constituents know that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the governor’s request for disaster assistance resulting from the May 15 tornadoes that impacted Connecticut, including Newtown.

Loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair real-estate, and up to $40,000 for private property. For small businesses, farmers, and non-profits, Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available.

Applications can be submitted online at, or downloaded at and mailed to the SBA at the following address: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

Those who have questions about the assistance can either call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for those who are deaf or hard of hearing), or send an email to

In addition, the SBA will also open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Southbury Training School (1461 South Britain Road, Southbury) to help people process applications and answer questions in person.  The office will be open from October 11 through the 18th during the following hours of operation:

  • Saturday, October 13: 10AM to 2PM
  • Sunday: October 14: Closed
  • Monday, October 15: 9AM to 6PM
  • Tuesday, October 16: 9AM to 6PM
  • Wednesday, October 17: 9AM to 6PM
  • Thursday, October 18: 9AM to 4PM

The deadline to return applications for physical property damage is December 10, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 9, 2019.

The federal Small Business Administration has agreed to allow homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profits organizations that suffered damage in the May 15 tornados and storms to apply for federal low-interest loans.

What kind of loans are available, and who can apply for them?

Low-interest SBA loans of up to $200,000 will be available to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that suffered real estate storm damage, possibly including removal of debris. Individual homeowners and renters will also be able to apply for up to $40,000 in SBA loans to replace or repair damaged personal property.

Can you apply for the loans online?

Yes. Applications for SBA disaster loans can be filled out and submitted online at

Is it possible to apply for the loans by mail?

Yes. Application forms can be downloaded and mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

What if I need help applying for the disaster loans?

SBA officials are opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Southbury Training School, 1461 S. Britain Road in Southbury, to help people fill out and submit applications for disaster loans.

When will the loan assistance center be open?

The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be open at the following times between Thursday and Oct. 18.

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, closed.

Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Hartford—At the Capitol on Thursday October 4th, Sen. Hwang (R-28) and Rep. Abercrombie (D-83) hosted a panel discussion on community, productivity, and independence for people living on the autism spectrum and their loved ones.

“It was an honor to host this important series of panels focusing on community, productivity, and independence for people living on the autism spectrum in Connecticut,” said Sen. Hwang. “We heard a lot of stories from people and parents living on the spectrum. Some of the shared experiences were unbelievably uplifting. Most importantly, we began a dialogue about ways government can help this community. We want to raise awareness of the importance of this issue to everyone, including people who don’t know anyone living with autism. Again, I’d like to thank Steven Hernandez of Connecticut Commission On Women, Children, and Seniors and Shannon Knall of Autism Speaks for getting the panelists together a great and informative event.”

“The Autism spectrum is broad, and in order develop the most inclusive policy, it is critical to get the perspective of many stakeholders, like self-advocates, parents and providers, “ said Shannon Leary Knall, parent to an autistic young adult and Autism Speaks Connecticut Advocacy chair. “It is critical that we work with engaged policy makers to create legislation which represents the whole spectrum, and addresses their needs across a life span, to include employment and independence. I am thankful to Senator Hwang and Representative Abercrombie for their leadership.”

The discussion ran for three hours, divided between three topic panels: community, productivity, and independence.

“Families and self-advocates affected by Autism are no different from all families in the state in their desire for independent, productive and successful lives,” said Steven Hernandez. “Our task is to remove barriers and create opportunities to that end.”

Each topic featured different panelists with different stories, perspectives, and expertise. Government officials, caregivers, and people living on the spectrum will all be participating. The whole discussion ran for three hours and can be seen by clicking here.

Caption: Sen. Hwang chairs the panel discussion on living with the autism spectrum in Connecticut. Pictured from left to right: Judith Ursitti, a parent and advocate, Sen. Hwang, Steven Hernandez, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, and Darlene Borree, a parent and advocate.

Video: Sen. Hwang introduces the panel.