JOPLIN MO.--- "Man it was a roof over our heads and a place to live, and i'm thankful for that and i thank god for that," states Scotty Stewart.
Scotty Stewart and his wife moved into FEMA temporary housing after losing their home in the may 22nd tornado. Stewart says without the housing help, he wouldn't have been able to start a savings account, or fix his credit.
"and it did pay off, we got a house now and we should be moving in there by the end of the month," states Stewart.
But not everyone has been as fortunate. Starting in December, rent and utilities for a two bedroom unit will be 595 dollars, and a three bedroom will cost 757 dollars. Kellee Shepherd is with "Human Services Campus". They're the go between for residents and fema resources. She says people are having a hard time finding a place to live.
"There just isn't any affordable housing out there for people who make less than 1,000 month just don't' have any income at all," states Stewart.
With housing at a premium, community development planners with the city have been hard at work to fix the problem
"Seven projects in the city that have been approved, funding and they are all currently permitted," states Stewart.
Those projects will provide 288 new units which are scheduled to be completed starting in February next year. And for residents like Stewart, he's thankful for the help.
"We're in a lot better shape now for sure," states Stewart.
Residents will have 60 days to file an appeal to have their rent lowered based on their income. Residents requests can be made through their FEMA case worker.