Senator Brown meets Moscow officials

United States Senator Sherrod Brown and Marie Johns, deputy administrator for the Small Business Administration, visited the village of Moscow April 3, a month after it was devastated by a tornado, to outline federal assistance that is still available for residents.

“Our hearts go out to this community,” Johns said during a brief press conference in the village. “We have been here and we will be back. There is a continued need in Moscow.”

Brown and Johns met in Moscow with village officials including mayor Tim Suter, and administrator Sandra Ashba to discuss loan opportunities for residents and how to better assist residents in the community.

“There are things the government can do better, and we worked on that today,” Brown said about providing assistance to residents in Moscow.

Last month, the SBA announced federal disaster loans were available to Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren County residents and business owners that were affected by the storms and tornados that ripped through the southern part of the state March 2.

Homeowners can apply for loans up $200,000 to repair or replace damaged real estate, and renters and homeowners can apply for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property.

In addition, businesses and non-profit organizations can apply for loans up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, equipment, inventory and other assets.

Brown said roughly half of the residents affected by the tornado in Moscow have applied for assistance, and while SBA officials were available to assist with loan information, he felt residents needed someone from the SBA in the village.

“SBA was originally in Washington Township,” Brown said. “Some people just couldn’t get there. We will have someone in the community that can help process applications.”

Brown said he thinks having someone closer will make a big difference in assisting residents who have not already applied for federal loans.

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