Manuel R. Gonzalez, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Houston District Office, announced that SBA’s Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in La Porte, Orange and Port Arthur will close on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Houston Center, at the Universal Shopping Center, will close on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

“Although the deadline to apply for property damage from Hurricane Ike was Feb. 20, small businesses and most, private non-profit organizations affected by Hurricane Ike have until June 15 to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). These loans are to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.

EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage,” Gonzalez said. 

“SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, help individuals complete their EIDL application and close their approved disaster loans until then,” he added.  

Residents and business owners who suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Ike can speak with SBA representatives on the days and times indicated below until the offices close. No appointment is necessary. 

The Orange County center is in the Orange County Airport Conference Room, 2520 S. Texas 87. The Port Arthur center is at the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center, 1401 Procter St.

According to Gonzalez, SBA has approved $423.8 million in loans to 8,333 Texas homeowners and renters and $179.7 million in loans to 1,475 Texas businesses and private, non-profit organizations hurt by Hurricane Ike.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free 1-800-659-2955, e-mailing; or visiting SBA’s Web site at Hearing impaired individuals may call 1-800-877-8339.

 Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at