Missouri Southern State University Short on Housing
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Students preparing to start the school year at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin are having trouble finding a place to live.
Property owners say a tornado that damaged the city in May has left a severe shortage of housing for university students.
The Joplin Globe reports that several apartment complexes that serve mostly Missouri Southern students are already full and have waiting lists. Managers at the apartments say they are turning away students, in part because people who lost homes in the tornado are living in the apartments.
The Joplin tornado destroyed about 7,000 homes and damaged nearly 900 more. The losses included 13 apartment complexes.
Missouri Southern officials say preliminary figures indicate that enrollment could be down by 3 percent compared with last year.