Community and housing officials kicked up their heels a bit as they broke ground today on a project that will provide homes for Joplin’s veterans and seniors. Located at 26th Street and McCoy Avenue, The Joplin Bungalows will add 20 new, affordable homes as part of Joplin’s tornado zone revitalization by creating homes for vulnerable veterans and seniors.
City of Joplin officials and Joplin Bungalows, LLC joined representatives from the Economic Security Corporation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Joplin Redevelopment Corporation, Vecino Group, Southwest Missouri Bank, and The Homeless Coalition for this significant milestone.
The Joplin Bungalows project was introduced to fill the void of affordable, permanent senior housing within the Joplin area and address the Mayor’s Challenge to Address Veteran Homelessness. To learn more about the Challenge: https://www.usich.gov/solutions/collaborative-leadership/mayors-challenge/.
The 20 bungalows will consist of 9 studio and 1-bedroom homes for homeless veterans and 11 studio and 1-bedroom homes for seniors. The project is expected to be completed by January 2020.
Funding for this project is through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program (CDBG-DR) offered to the City of Joplin from U.S. Housing and Urban Development following the May 2011 disaster. This program encourages public/private partnerships to provide affordable and quality housing.
The Joplin Bungalows and Vecino Group applied for the CDBG-DR grant based on needs and recommendations identified through the 2011 Joplin’s Citizen Advisory Recovery Team (CART) Housing Committee’s work. In addition, The Homeless Coalition’s 2015 Point in Time homeless census
count located 52 homeless veterans in Jasper and Newton Counties. Everyone involved in this work recognizes that it is not acceptable to have men and women who have fought for Democracy and freedom in other countries return to their home country and not have a place to call home.
The Joplin Bungalows is the only U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief Housing Development Program funded in the area of Housing in Region VII. Region VII consists of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
For more information about this project, contact Economic Security Corporation at 417-627-2013.