DUQUESNE, Mo. —
Property owners in Duquesne who need to rebuild or repair their homes destroyed or damaged in the 2011 tornado and have limited income could soon have some financial help.
The city along with the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council has obtained a $500,000 grant that could possibly provide up to $50,000 to rebuild or up to $24,900 for repair.
“For young families, it could be a huge shot in the arm toward building a home and having some equity,” said David Weaver, assistant to Mayor Denny White.
There were about 125 homes destroyed or damaged in the storm. Weaver said about half have been built back.
Some details of the program, including the amount to be available for a rebuilding project, are still being worked out and the housing guidelines will have to be adopted by the city before the details are final, said Bryan West, a Truman community development specialist.
Generally, though, applicants have to fall below the Housing and Urban Development’s median income level. Those levels start at $27,000 for a one-person household; $30,800 for two; and go up by about $3,500 per person from there, said Brian Ross, another community development specialist with the agency.
The money would have to be used for an owner-occupied house and could not be used for rental property, Ross said.
There is no deadline yet on applying for the assistance. The money will be available for some time.
To apply or get more information, contact the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council at 649-6400. Applications also are available on the council’s website at www.hstcc.org.
The Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council is located at 800 E. Pennell St. in Carl Junction.