Assistance for Customers Impacted by the COVID-19 Virus Situation

UPDATED

5.18.20

SBA and Treasury Release PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the SBA and Treasury issued the following Press release:

WASHINGTON —Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. 

For assistance or questions, please contact your local Citizens Bank Banking Center CEO or Citizens Bank Gladewater CEO Luke Kimbrough via email or 903-845-5566.

 

 

UPDATED

April 24, 2020

House passes $484 billion bill to boost small businesses 

 

President Trump has signed off on an additional $484 billion in coronavirus relief efforts, which Congress passed earlier in the week. Here's what's in the legislation:

  • $321 billion in additional funding for a small-business loan program that quickly reached its earlier $349 billion cap. This includes $60 billion to be set aside for small lenders.
  • $60 billion for small-business disaster loans and grants.
To apply for a PPP loan, visit our SBA PPP Page and to apply for an SBA Disaster Loan, visit our SBA Disaster Loan Page, or contact your local banking center for further questions. 

 

 

UPDATED

4.17.20

PPP Loan Program Funding Now Depleted 

Yesterday, April 16, it was announced that funding for the SBA PPP program had been depleted. While not all of our customers were able to get monetary assistance through this program, we are happy to report that we were able to help a significant amount of small businesses obtain this critical funding. 

Citizens Bank will still be accepting all applications from small businesses who would like to be considered for these loans, with the caveat that all applications will be held in the queue until the program receives further funding. We highly recommend that individuals reach out to their local lawmakers, state senators and even the White House to ask for more funding to help those businesses who were left out during this process. 

Contact your local banking center for further details. 

 

 

UPDATED

3.31.20

Treasury Issues Guidelines, Application Form for SBA Paycheck Protection Program

Applications to Begin April 3

 

ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

The Treasury Department today, March 31, 2020, issued much-anticipated guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program, which starting this week will provide up to $350 billion in loans to help small businesses maintain payrolls and cover other eligible expenses during the coronavirus pandemic. The loans are fully guaranteed by the Small Business Administration, but the SBA will waive all SBA guaranty fees.

 

For assistance or questions, please contact your local Citizens Bank Banking Center CEO or Citizens Bank Gladewater CEO Luke Kimbrough via email or 903-845-5566.

 

3.27.20

Beginning Monday, March 30th, all Citizens Bank Drive-Thrus will return to their original hours, with the exception of Kilgore's Drive-Thru remaining extended on Saturdays from 9 AM-4 PM. Please contact your local banking center with any questions. 

Kilgore:

Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM - 6 PM; Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM

Gladewater:

Mon-Fri:: 7:30 AM – 6 PM; Saturday: 9 AM - 12 PM

Carthage:

M-Th: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Fri: 8:30 AM – 6 PM

Center:

M-Th: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Fri: 8:30 AM – 6 PM

Kountze:

M-Th: 8 AM - 5 PM; Fri: 8 AM - 6 PM

Sour Lake:

M-Th: 8 AM - 5 PM; Fri: 8 AM - 6 PM

Bryan/College Station:

M-F: 8 AM – 6 PM

Humble:

M-F: 7:30 AM – 6 PM

The Woodlands:

M-F: 7:30 AM – 6 PM

Yorktown:

M-Th: 7:30 AM – 5 PM; F: 7:30 AM – 6 PM

 

3.25.20

SBA Disaster Recovery Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

For assistance or further questions, please contact Citizens Bank Gladewater CEO Luke Kimbrough via email or in the office at 903-845-5566.

 

3.20.20

In order to provide the utmost safety and security for our customers, employees and our communities, we are following the directive from our state and federal government, as well as guidelines from our trusted organizations and regulators. Due to the guidance and direction we have been given, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our lobbies and our Kilgore Brookshire's In-Store location until further notice. However, each location will have extended drive-thru access Monday - Friday, with some locations offering extended Saturday hours at their drive-thrus. Contact your location to find out more. 

  1. Citizens Bank Kilgore Brookshire's In-Store will close Friday, March 20th. 
  2. ALL Citizens Bank lobbies will close starting Monday, March 23rd.
  3. Customers will be able to call and make an appointment for such things as safe deposit box access, notary services and certain loan discussions and closings. 
  4. Drive-Thru hours for ALL locations will be 7:00 AM-7:00 PM, Monday – Friday, starting on Monday, March 23rd 
  5. Drive-Thru hours for Saturday will remain the same as they are now for the locations that are currently open on Saturday. The exception will be in Kilgore, where the downtown Kilgore Drive-Thru will now be open on Saturdays from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
  6. All customers will continue to have 24/7 access to our ATM's, TeleBanking, CB Debit Card Services, Online Banking, and our Mobile App

The FDIC yesterday issued two sets of frequently asked questions addressing banker and consumer concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Per the FDIC, the consumer FAQ assures customers that the bank is the safest place for their money and that a branch closure or lobby closure has no bearing on an account’s insured status and addresses other questions about how the FDIC is encouraging banks to handle customer difficulties. Read the consumer FAQ
 
An important word about scams. Times like this are prime opportunities of scammers to take advantage of fear and panic to perpetrate financial crimes. It is especially important to keep your guard up, and also to check up on the vulnerable within your community. Beware of activities and solicitations such as suspicious emails and text messages, phone calls, medical related scams, and fraudulent donation sites that may impersonate a company, charity, or government agencies. Fraud takes many forms, so keep in mind it is never a good idea to share personal or sensitive information with an unknown party. Be sure to verify the authenticity of any unsolicited communications you may receive, and if in doubt, take a step back to solicit trusted assistance. 


 

 

3.16.20

At Citizens Bank, the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and communities is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers and employees as the situation evolves.

If you prefer an alternative to in-person banking, we encourage you to use Citizens Bank's digital tools and other resources for self-service banking and 24/7 account access. You can access your accounts online or by using the Citizens Bank mobile app, CBTX On the Goat your convenience. From there you can make payments, view transactions, check balances, find an ATM, and more. It’s easier and faster (in most cases) to manage your account digitally, especially given call wait times may be longer than usual. You may also utilize our TeleBank Serviceswhere, with a phone call from anywhere in the world, you can make payments, transfer funds, check balances and review recent account activity.  Customers can also use their Citizens Bank Mastercard Debit Card.

If you have not enrolled in online banking access, it only takes a few minutes. Enroll Now. Also, if you have not enrolled in Electronic Statements aka eStatements, you may enroll now.

At each of our banking centers across the state, we are working with our janitorial service providers to ensure that they are following as closely as possible the Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for businesses that do not house people overnight as recommended by the CDC. That will include ensuring that all surfaces are disinfected each time they clean a banking center location. We are also working to make sure that every employee has access to Citizens Bank provided disinfectant wipes that they may use to clean commonly touched surfaces (i.e. keyboard, phones, counter or desk tops, doorknobs, etc.), as well as hand sanitizer. All employees are following mandated personal hygiene guidelines. Air filters will be changed on a more frequent basis than normal.

We understand that there may be instances where customers find themselves facing financial difficulties. Citizens Bank is here to help, and we encourage customers who may be impacted or need assistance to reach out to their local banking center to discuss their options and to find a solution that works for them.

Should you find yourself in need of assistance, please contact us.

As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our customers, associates, and our communities is of paramount concern. We continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation, and we’re here to assist our customers as needed. Please continue to check this site for relevant and timely information as the situation evolves.

For additional information about COVID-19 visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov.

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