Joplin encourages new eligible homeowners
March 22, 2014
The City of Joplin’s Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program (J-HAP) program officially reached the $1 million level of financial assistance for local homebuyers the week of March 17, 2014,, offering support to individuals and families who wish to purchase a home in the recovery area. Launched August 10, 2013, by the city to help support single-family housing recovery following the May 2011 disaster, J-HAP has received a high level of interest from the public, with 105 J-HAP applications approved and 38 J-HAP closings completed.

The city of Joplin has announced that as of February 17, 2014, Nan McKay & Associates (NMA) assumed the J-HAP administrative duties previously performed by Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area (ESC).

The Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program (J-HAP) has been implemented to assist eligible homebuyers with down-payment and/or closing costs. Funding assistance for this program is being provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) award, which was received as a result of the May 22, 2011 tornado.

J-HAP is not limited to first-time homebuyers or to those affected by the tornado, although there are certain federal requirements that must be met to be eligible for the use of this J-HAP funded forgivable loan. Joplin residents and others interested in moving to Joplin can learn more about the J-HAP qualifications and guidelines here. Individuals who have additional questions or who are interested in applying for the J-HAP should call the J-HAP Program Office at (417) 850-2249 to schedule an appointment. A J-HAP application packet may be obtained by submitting a request to the J-HAP Program Office by e-mail here. To learn more about the program and meet the J-HAP team the public also is encouraged to stop at the J-HAP office at 531 S. Main St. The office is open Monday through Friday.

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