Updated October 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM CST: Yesterday FEMA announced they were extending the deadline for the use of their temporary housing in north Joplin. We just confirmed with FEMA that residents there will be charged rent: $595 for a 2 bedroom home; and $757 for a 3 bedroom home.
Residents have 60 days to appeal.
FEMA had set a deadline of November 9 for everyone to move out of the temporary housing. But yesterday FEMA announced it was extending that deadline to June 9, 2013.
Earlier today we talked with a few of the residents still receiving FEMA assistance. They said they were full of joy to hear about the gift of more time to find a job and permanent place to stay. But our conversation was before FEMA sent out notices saying they will now be charged rent to stay.
Now, some of residents say they are "fuming".
There are now 156 people still living in the mobile homes.
Late last month the City of Joplin asked the state to file a request to FEMA to extend the move out deadline.
City officials in Joplin say there are not still enough affordable housing units built. City officials expect most of the affordable housing will be available by the early part of next year.
"It's kind of a catch 22, you want to help your citizens, but yet we understand that there are some that need to be looking for jobs, need to be looking for how to make that next payment," says Joplin's Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot. "So this will give them that incentive to start looking for housing as well."
FEMA says the rent charges are based on the Housing and Urban Development's fair market rate.
Temporary Housing Extension Approved for Joplin
McCaskill urged FEMA Administrator to approve city's request for extension
October 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - Following U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend the availability of temporary housing for Joplin residents following last year's destructive tornado, the agency has granted the city's request to extend housing until June 9, 2013.
"These resources are another important step in ensuring the Joplin community has the tools they need to rebuild," McCaskill said. "I continue to be amazed by this community's resiliency and I'm determined to keep fighting to ensure they have the resources necessary to rebuild their homes and businesses, and build an even stronger Joplin."
In a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, McCaskill urged the agency to extend their contract to provide temporary housing with the city until June 2013. The extension will provide housing for 166 families expected to be in permanent homes by that time. The housing contract was originally set to expire on November 9, 2012.
In June, McCaskill met with members of the Joplin Area Coalition to discuss progress on tornado recovery efforts. At that time, McCaskill announced the U.S. Department of Transportation's approval of more than $12 million in grant resources for Joplin that will create job opportunities in the region with projects aimed at road and rail improvements and expansions.
McCaskill has championed and helped deliver needed resources in Joplin's disaster recovery effort. The total amount of federal resources that have been provided for tornado recovery in Joplin now exceeds $250 million.