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Joplin's Salvation Army could partner with Habitat for Humanity

More homes could be built in the area because of a partnership with Joplin's Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army could soon join forces with Habitat for Humanity.

Officials with Joplin's Habitat for Humanity say they've been working on this possible partnership since this past Fall.  According to Habitat for Humanity, the idea for this possible partnership came from the Salvation Army.

In this proposal, the Salvation Army would give money, donated to Joplin tornado survivors, to help Habitat for Humanity build more homes in the Four State area.  Habitat for Humanity is getting ready to finish its 84th home built since the Joplin tornado.  But this year, the organization plans to build about 40 fewer homes than in 2012 and 2013.

One Habitat for Humanity workers says funding to the organization has gone down, but there's still a big need in the community.  

"Sometimes, decent shelter just means something you can actually afford.  Sometimes, it means you're living in a home that is very substandard.  Maybe without heat and air.  Maybe without good insulation, so you have very high energy bills.  Just lots of things that can create housing to be substandard," says Barbie Huff with Habitat for Humanity.

"There was a need for decent, affordable housing prior to the tornado.  You can drive through the Joplin neighborhoods and see that need for decent shelter.  And that need is going to go on," says Huff.

Huff says the major holdup right now are decisions to be made by the Salvation Army.

"We've just given them lots of information of how our program works and what we've done in the past three years.  And that's been presented to them, and then they've presented some information to us as well.  So I think it's just some of their higher ups on their end trying to work out the final details," says Huff.

We were able to contact the Salvation Army by phone.  An official with that organization says this possible agreement would include a large portion of money.  The Salvation Army official wants to make sure both his organization and Habitat for Humanity would maintain two separate identities.

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