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SBA and HUD offers continuous aid to areas impacted by Hurricane Michael

SBA and HUD offers continuous aid to areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. (Source:WEAR-TV)

The flow of aid from Washington continues into areas of the panhandle hard hit by Hurricane Michael.

On Wednesday, two high ranking members of the Trump administration visited the region, including a cabinet member.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and Small Business Administrator (SBA) Linda McMahon toured Panama City.

Their message to residents and businesses owners whose lives were torn apart by the storm, is *keep the faith*, and apply for the assistance you need.

McMahon says so far over 1200 SBA Loans have been approved for homes and businesses, accounting for over $60 million in low interest loans.

Carson says the swift response is because of lessons learned from recent storms such as Hurricane Harvey.

He says, the assistance and response will be long-term and remain unaffected by politics.

" The federal government wants people here to understand that we are in this for the long haul. Has nothing to do with politics or anything. These are our people and we are going to be here until we get everybody back on their feet", says Dr. Carson.

Carson says HUD has already initiated a long-term recovery moratorium on loan foreclosures.

SBA estimates they will dish out more than $700 million in home and businesses loans during the recovery process.

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