Joplin Housing Tornado Survivors, Rebuilding Homes

JoplinGlobe reports since the devastating tornado of May 22 took out one third of Joplin, Missouri’s housing, as of Nov. 16, 559 households are being served through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This includes the 24 acres of meadowland sited with 375 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manufactured homes, numbering 1,000 to 1,500 residents, which is estimated to be Jasper County’s fourth-largest city. The temporary communities, known as Officer Jeff Taylor Memorial Acres and Hope Haven 1 and 2, were constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri National Guard under FEMA contract. Another MHC set of 141 manufactured homes named Fountain Road Village and Country Acres is not far away. Other displaced persons are in apartments and rental homes. The tornado killed 159 people and injured over 1,000, and officials estimate 7,500 housing units were damaged or destroyed. As of Nov. 11, 3,600 building permits have been issued for repairs and rebuilds.

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