Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As winter sets in on the Northland, flood recovery case managers say new evidence of flood damage is coming to light in shifting and settling house foundations.
This evidence, say officials, is the reason behind the latest Quick Start loan deadline extension, now on January 31st.
"They gave me a compelling case this morning to say 'we need just a little more time.' But, I really want to urge people that they need to act now," said Mary Tingerthal, of the MN Housing Finance Agency
The Quick Start process is relatively simple. All it takes is a few minutes to fill out a four–page application, but it still takes an SBA loan denial before moving forward.
The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency is also mailing post cards around the Northland, and they're filled with valuable loan and contact information.
Officials say the hope is to hear from the dozens of Northlanders who, for whatever reason, have yet to receive assistance. But what it really takes to start is a phone call to your area lending partner.
"You don't have to go on–line. You don't have to even give your name when you call," said Tingerthal.
To date, 93 Quick Start loans have been approved for a total of $1.4 million in repairs. On a larger scale, the Minnesota Recovers Task Force reports that they've received 58 applications for $67 million in state disaster assistance.
It's that forward progress, say officials, that has led to the decision to shrink FEMA's Northland presence at their Joint Field Office location.
"But there will be 15 to 20 people still in Duluth until we feel that we can remotely manage this process," said MN State Coordinating Officer Kris Eide.
Officials added that other state agencies, including Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will remain in the region until the job is done.
During this time of caring, officials also urge to consider your neighbors as the snow sets in. If you think a neighbor is in need of flood recovery assistance, officials ask that you talk to them about their options and encourage them to seek help.
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Quick Start Lending Partners:
Arrowhead Economic Development Agency--AEOA:
702 South 3rd Ave
Virginia, MN 55792
1-800-662-5711 Ext. 288 or
218-749-2912 Ext. 288
(Counties: Cook, Lake, St. Louis excluding Duluth, 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
1700 Maple Street E
Mora, MN 55051
1-800-832-6082 or 1-320-679-1800 Ext 119
(Counties: Aitkin, Crow Wing, Carlton, Pine, the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)
One Roof Community HOusing
12 East 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55805
218-727-5372 Ext. 200
(City of Duluth)
-posted to the web by Billy Wagness