The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 11, 2012

Funding still available for Duquesne housing

By Debby Woodin
Globe Staff Writer

DUQUESNE, Mo. — Money is still available to help people repair or build homes in Duquesne if they meet income qualifications.

The money comes from a $500,000 grant the town and the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council received in federal Community Development Block Grant funding. The grant provides up to $50,000 to build a new house and up to $20,000 for repairs.

David Weaver, assistant to Mayor Denny White, said four people have qualified for the program so far, and there is enough money available for five or so more applicants to get help with the cost of replacing houses that were damaged or lost in the 2011 tornado.

Applicants have to fall below the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s median income level, which starts at $27,000 for a one-person household. The figure is $30,800 for two people, and it goes up by about $3,500 per person from there, according to officials with the Truman Coordinating Council.

The money must be used for an owner-occupied house and cannot be used for rental property.

There is no deadline yet on applying for the assistance.

About 125 homes in Duquesne were destroyed or damaged in the May 22, 2011, storm. Weaver said about half of the community’s homes have been built back.

Additionally, help is still available for residents who have tornado debris that needs cleared.

The state Workforce Investment Board has provided about $8 million worth of worker time and equipment to help Duquesne clean up, Weaver said. That program ends Nov. 22.

Want to apply?

TO APPLY for Community Development Block Grant funding for housing in Duquesne or to get more information, people may contact the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council at 417-649-6400. Applications also are available on the council’s website, www.hstcc.org. The coordinating council is at 800 E. Pennell Ave. in Carl Junction.