SBA Seeks Appraisers to Aid Harvey Recovery Efforts


September 6, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Sept. 5 that it is seeking appraisers and other professionals to help process an extraordinary number of disaster loan applications resulting from Hurricane Harvey. SBA is the federal government's primary source of lending to help homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations recover from disasters.

SBA is asking business lenders and real estate appraisers (both residential and commercial) to solicit their professional employees to identify and recruit loan officers and appraisers willing to assist the SBA in processing disaster loans. Loan officers and appraisers will temporarily be hired by SBA as “Special Government Employees.” 

Appraisers and assessors will assist SBA in determining the extent of damage for residential and commercial property. Individuals interested in participating in this effort will be assigned to either SBA’s Fort Worth, Texas, or Sacramento, California, office for up to 130 days. SBA will cover all expenses, including salary at government rates, travel, lodging, a per diem for meals and local transportation. Qualified individuals will be required to take a leave of absence from their current job. Employers will be free to supplement their employee's government salary if they so desire.

Interested individuals should contact Gina Beyer, SBA supervisory administrative specialist, at gina.beyer@sba.gov.

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