Maryland residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy between Oct. 26 and Nov. 4 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today. Administrator Mills made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Martin O’Malley, dated Dec. 21, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Worcester County and the adjacent counties of Somerset and Wicomico in Maryland; Sussex County in Delaware and Accomack County in Virginia. “The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Maryland with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes with federal disaster loans,” said Administrator Mills. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.” “Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. SBA’s customer service representatives are on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue applications and assist survivors with completing their applications,” Skaggs added.