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Changes on a State and Sub-Contractor level of the state that are needed to screen SBA data provided to the state. These are the main issues and the states that can be taking to correct what could be thousands of mistakes of classifying homeowners with what is known as the SBA Issue when it has actually nothing to do with taking the SBA assistance and everything about not taking the money. The State of Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) and it's main contractor IEM Inc. continue to ignore reports that hundreds of homeowners have be grouped into the "SBA Fix" category by mistake and could actually be costing Louisiana Homeowners nearly $55 million by being wrongfully labeled by IEM Inc, State OCD-DRU and the Quality Control group and it's contractors.

The State of Louisiana OCD-DRU needs to screen:

  • SBA cancellation codes C10-C16 and identify via the SBA datafeed how many homeowners have been penalized the SBA DOB incorrectly using HUD Guidance 2013 and SBA Cancellation codes.
    • Our research estimates over 700 homeowners were not correctly vetted of this issue and IEM Inc. management as well as senior management of the OCD-DRU refuse to research this issue.
  • SBA did not update it's datafeed from "Approved" to "Declined" on many homeowners when the homeowners application information changed.
    • Homeowners have had to research their SBA status as well as their codes to report to the state. The state's senior director would interogate the homeowner and ask personal and financial information to why the SBA changed from Approved to Declined. In most reported cases it was of no concern to why, the person was in prison, died, it didn't matter because the SBA clearly declined all SBA funds to the family which made them ineligible for the SBA loan.
  • SBA did not confirm the homeowners ability to repay the loan even when the homeowner requested lower monthly payments due to the inability to repay what the SBA calculated to be their monthly payments.
    • In some cases the SBA offered monthly payments more than double of what the household could afford in additional debt burden. The SBA did not change the monthly payment amount to fit the homeowners ability to repay the loan but still listed the federal assistance as available to the homeowner thus penalizing the homeowner with the SBA loan as a duplication of benefits even when not drawn.
  • SBA approves 15 and 30 year payment terms to seniors over 80 years of age without concern of the ability to live to the term of the loan contract when homes are used as collateral.
    • Many families are unaware of the financial responsibility they will have when living under the same roof as the retiree and senior family member with the SBA loan. The SBA seems to have offered loan terms longer than average living age.
  • SBA has classified homeowners as incorrectly when questioned over the phone for reasons why the homeowner did not sign and return their SBA loan documents.
    • Each case seems slightly different. A family that instructed the SBA to cancel the loan application may be classified as Canceled by Applicant while a family that simply ignored the SBA completely may be classified canceled by the SBA. The differences are one method still reports the loan as Approved while the other method would show the loan Declined.
  • SBA does not provide in the Datafeed any cancel codes that may actually affect the status of the homeowner.
    • A cancel code of C23 for a low to moderate income family still penalizes that family for the total SBA loan amount whereas a cancel code of C10 for a low to moderate income family allows a hardship to be declared and removes the SBA approved loan amount form the SBA Duplication of Benefits calculations. This could have been simply the difference between a homeowner answering the phone when the SBA call centered was calling for a follow up to why they didn't sign and return their loan application and the homeowner that blocked the incoming call. We have found homeowners classified incorrectly or penalized by the states auditors for not knowing the correct classification of their loan status and cancellation status.
  • State Contractor you were not trained to identify issues with SBA classifications and codes. You followed the instructions from the State OCD-DRU.
  • State of Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit, you were trained most likely by CFI International and only know what the Grantee is responsible to know.
  • CFI International you were only training Grantees within their scope of work as HUD CDBG-DR instructed you to do.
  • HUD CDBG-DR you manage billions of dollars and expect other federal agencies in the sequence of disaster assistance to do their jobs as their Standard Operating Procedures state.

When One Government Agency stops following proper operating procedures for any reason that agency jeopardizes the whole delivery chain or in this case the sequence of disaster assistance.

When FEMA directs you to apply for an SBA Disaster Loan and does not tell you that you are NOT required to apply for an SBA Disaster Loan that is mistake #1.

When the SBA Disaster Loan Program takes your credit and asset information for your application they will tell you when to expect your approval and your loan amount.

This is your Withdrawal period if you do not what to continue with the SBA Disaster Loan Program. You must ask them to withdraw you and to list your account status as "Withdrawn" or you my be classified as Approved which will be reported to your state Grantee handling your HUD CDBG-DR long term recovery.

If you signed your loan documents and mailed them the time in the mail is the only time you have to also withdraw from the program. The SBA calls this the time before they start processing the loan which is the minute your loan application arrives in their processing department.

Once your loan is in processing your loan status can never be "Withdrawn" or "Declined" or "Canceled" it will remain "Approved".

This is your introduction to the SBA Duplication of Benefits issue we are about to explode open for you right now.

A 3 month research project has identified that over 1,000 Louisiana homeowners could actually be classified incorrectly by the SBA. Homeowners that called to withdraw their applications were classified as cancelled and "Dissatisfied with loan terms and conditions". This incorrectly place the homeowner in the Approved Loan status instead of a Withdrawn status by the SBA.
Other major issues we found during our 3 month research of the SBA loan issue and the state of Louisiana OCD-DRU to include their contractors was:

  • Low to Moderate Income households had to report to the Director of Homeowners Assistance individually SBA issues once the homeowner was aware of the issue. The program Appeals process did not allow a homeowner to appeal SBA issues because the State OCD-DRU and it's contractors have grouped all SBA issues into one group and have referred all homeowners with any SBA issues to their congressional representatives.
  • Hundreds of homeowners with SBA Duplication of Benefits may have been categorized incorrectly.
    Writers Pool

    SBA Duplication of Benefits totaling near $55 million for Louisiana alone may have been counted against disaster victims but later changed by the SBA without updating state grantee datafeeds. This issue may also be relevant to other disasters since 2013.

  • SBA Disaster Loans are marketed like no conventional lender could ever market a loan.
    Murray Wennerlund

    The SBA has more money than any conventional lender to do marketing after a disaster. The SBA can by omission of fact mislead homeowners down the path of serious debt burden and even loan default.

  • SBA Disaster Loan Program explained by disaster victims
    Murray Wennerlund

    Do Not Allow Disaster Stress to cloud your logical thinking and rational thought processes. The SBA will key in on your suffering and make the SBA Disaster Loan sound like a Government Gift Basket.

  • PUBLIC INPUT REQUEST: Thinking back when you visited FEMA and FEMA instructed you to apply to the SBA Program.
    Murray Wennerlund

    This Labor Day weekend when you have time I would like for you to think back to the visit you made with FEMA and the SBA processing center. I want to hear from all disaster states, all people told by FEMA to apply to the SBA. Share your SBA Loan story.

  • Do I have to apply for a SBA loan in order to be eligible for other Federal assistance?
    Contributor

    Yes, for certain types of FEMA assistance like ONA a very rare grant to receive. No, for CDBG-DR assistance, but be very careful of your state CDBG-DR manager, they could be a Wolf in sheep's clothing. Check your AMI, if below 80 DO NOT APPLY TO THE SBA!

  • PL 115-123 Declined Federal Assistance protection violated by SBA Data Feed Loan Decision Field status
    Contributor

    The SBA data feed field Loan Decision does not provide remedy for public law 115-123 which allows a homeowner to decline the loan which for the SBA means the homeowner cancels the loan. The Loan Decision field of the SBA Data feed does not offer Cancelled

  • Second from LAST CALL to SBA Declined Loan people from any disaster after the year 2014 and before 2023
    Contributor

    This morning while you are having a coffee or whatever you do in the morning I want you to send an email right after you finish reading this post. I want you to get serious about ending this SBA DOB Declined Loan issue with the state, every morning.

  • An estimated 3,800 Louisiana Flood Victims denied CDBG-DR Grants for simply being approved an SBA loan amount
    Contributor

    Governor Edwards is aware of Public Law 115-123 signed by congress and the president on Feb. 9, 2018 which states that individuals that declined to accept assistance from the SBA will not have the SBA approved loan amount used as a Duplication of Benefits

  • U.S. Small Business Administration has Declined my SBA Disaster Loan - You are the lucky one
    Contributor

    When you reach out to the SBA Disaster Loan program to have your loan cancelled because you find you can not financially afford the loan at the monthly payment amounts they offered. Living Paycheck to Paycheck is proof SBA loan debt is not an option.

  • Risk of Bankruptcy Hundreds of Louisiana and Texas families are regretting ever applying to FEMA and SBA.
    Murray Wennerlund

    SBA continues to lower its minimum income levels. SBA during an 2018 audit by the Office of Inspector General identifies training the issue SBA offered loans to 2016 Louisiana Flood Victims that have no possible way of repaying the loan.