WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thanks in part to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's (Mo.) ongoing efforts to ensure disaster aid is prioritized for areas most in need, the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the state of Missouri will receive $125 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. This grant includes more than $113 million for the City of Joplin to help with recovery efforts after the devastating tornado in 2011.

The resources awarded to Missouri today supplement the nearly $54 million that HUD allocated to Missouri in January 2012, which was a direct result of a provision that Blunt sponsored in the Senate and passed into law. Of that funding, Joplin received $45.2 million.

“When a disaster exceeds the ability of communities and states, the federal government has a responsibility to help people rebuild,” said Blunt. “I’m pleased these funds will continue to help local leaders, businesses, and families in Missouri recover and reinvest for the future.”

“We are truly grateful for this recent award,” said Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr. “These funds will be invested back into our community and provide the opportunity to enhance our rebuilding efforts and greatly assist in the redevelopment of our community.”

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