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$45.2 Million HUD Grant Will Help Joplin

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The City of Joplin has received $45.2 million in grant money from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD.  KSMU's Shannon Bowers reports.

The $45.2 million is part of a Community Development Block Grant;  that's federal money that goes toward the nation’s most distressed communities after disasters strike. 

In addition, the US Department of Agriculture is extending rural housing loans in Joplin. USDA announced that it will extend the waiver until September 30, 2013.  These funds can be used to build and repair homes, as well as providing water and sewage facilities for those who were hit by the deadly tornado.

It has been almost a year a half since the tornado stuck Joplin, killing 161 and leaving thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.

For KSMU News, I'm Shannon Bowers.