- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved a Maryland request for a disaster declaration to enable people to apply for low-interest loans to repair damage in Baltimore caused by rioting.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced approval of the disaster declaration on Monday.

About 200 small businesses in Baltimore were affected by the unrest after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody.

State and city officials joined SBA staff last week to assess damage in order to apply for the program.

Businesses, homeowners and renters can apply for the low-interest loans.

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