The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 27, 2013

Joplin to receive $113 million in federal aid

By Debby Woodin
Associated Press

WASHINGTON —  A $113 million grant has been awarded to Joplin by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced today.

Joplin is to receive $113 million toward it’s recovery effort from the 2011 tornado. McCaskill’s announcement does not say what the money is to be used for other than for long-term recovery efforts in the areas of the city with the greatest extent of unmet need.

“Days after the tornado struck, I saw the destruction and hurt of this community firsthand. But that’s not what amazed me the most — it was the strength and determination of everyone I met to rebuild and reclaim their community. These federal funds will only further the efforts to rebuild and recover,”  McCaskill said in a statement issued by her office.

In addition to Joplin’s grant, the state is to receive $11 million for long-term recovery efforts from flooding and tornadoes that hit the state in 2011, according to the announcement.

McCaskill said the CDBG grant brings the total in federal aid to Joplin to more than $350 million.