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Habitat for Humanity continues recovery efforts six months after tornado

Jasmine Ramirez

River City Habitat for Humanity received a disaster recovery grant from the United Way on Friday.

The $20,000 grant will go towards hiring a part-time assistant construction manager to focus on tornado recovery projects.

"It has been a whirlwind, the past six months, just dealing with the families and their stories and knowing that there are still people out there that are hurting," said River City Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Susan Cook-Williams.

She said the organization plans to work on four homes next summer on Jackson Street in addition to five other homes.

Preference will be given to tornado or flood survivors when the organization goes through home applications, Cook-Williams said.

Riverside Habitat for Humanity is currently working on a house at 809 Jackson Street and will soon select a family for the home.

She said the tornado has impacted Jefferson City's affordable housing options.

"Homes are turning into other things, parking lots and things like that," she said. "We are going to lose part of our affordable housing market so we are going to have to work hard as a community to find alternative ways to build that back up."

Visit River City Habitat for Humanity if you're interested in volunteering or donating.

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Jasmine Ramirez

Jasmine Ramirez covers areas including Cole and Callaway counties and Jefferson City for ABC 17’s evening broadcasts.


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