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Free program works to get tornado victims back into permanent housing

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A program aims to speed up the process of helping displaced Joplin families get back into their homes.

The organization Rebuild Joplin is providing assistance to people whose homes were directly effected by the tornado.

More than 400 families are still living in FEMA mobile homes and more are unable to repair or rebuild.

Rebuild Joplin offers two direct service programs that rebuild permanent housing for homeowners and renters in Joplin.

The rebuilding program and opportunity housing program aims to get displaced families back into their homes as quickly and affordable as possible.

The programs are offered free of charge to any Joplin resident whose home was directly impacted from the tornado.

Organization officials say it is the volunteers and the donated money that keeps the programs running.

"What we do is fund raise, if they need a $20,000 repair and they only got $5,000, we really fund raise the gap to fill that and help their families get back home," says Kate Massey, the Director of Development for Rebuild Joplin.  "There is no cost associated with our service this is about making our neighborhoods and our community whole again."

For more information on the rebuilding program you can visit https://rebuildjoplin.org/

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