Tornado-related housing fund in Joplin winding down

9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago February 15, 2016 Feb 15, 2016 Monday, February 15 2016 Monday, February 15, 2016 7:39:23 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) — A Joplin program designed to help residents buy homes after the May 2011 tornado has allowed 450 low- to moderate-income residents buy homes, with another 138 approved for a purchase.

The program, called the Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program, or J-HAP, was originally allocated $12.75 million from $158 million in federal disaster recovery funds in August 2013. The city council added $7 million last year because of the number of applicants.

The Joplin Globe reports project coordinator Patty Heagel told the City Council last week that about $1.55 million will remain after the pending applicants close on houses. She says that should fund another 50 home purchases, and the city will take applications beginning Tuesday.

The waiting list will be used until the money is gone.

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