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First Person Completes the Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program

JOPLIN, Mo. -- City leaders in Joplin welcome home the first person to complete the city's Home-buyers Assistance Program. Amanda Harlin purchased a home at 18th and Michigan through the JHAP program. It's designed to repopulate the area destroyed by the 2011 tornado.
JOPLIN, Mo.-- City leaders in Joplin welcome home the first person to complete the city's Home-buyers Assistance Program. Amanda Harlin purchased a home at 18th and Michigan through the JHAP program. It's designed to repopulate the area destroyed by the 2011 tornado.

Residents can apply for a "forgivable loan" available through the Community Block Grant. The money is available in amounts of $1,000 to $30,000. In order to qualify, someone must be looking to buy or build a home in the tornado zone and must make between $42,000 and $80,000 for a 1 to 8 person household. So far, 300 applications have been turned in and 45 are pending.

"I just remember that after this happening, reading some articles about other areas that were devastated and how their communities came up bigger and stronger. And I think exactly what Joplin is doing and I think this program is a great example of that," said Amanda Harlin, Joplin Home Owner.

If you'd like to apply for the program or see if you qualify, click here.

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